April 16, 2014

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Website names Brunswick a top safe city in U.S.

BRUNSWICK — Brunswick was ranked among the nation’s 100 safest cities, according to neighborhoodscout.com.

Brunswick, ranked 85th by Neighborhood Scout, joins five other Ohio cities on the Top 100 list. Other ranked cites in Ohio include Mason at 100, Upper Arlington at 88, Dublin at 54 and North Ridgeville at 21.

Brunswick was ranked one of the nation’s 100 safest cities by neighborhoodscout.com. Pictured is Brunswick Town Center, the city’s retail hub. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY LOREN GENSON)

“When you’re on a list with cities like Dublin and Mason, I think that’s a great way to show what we do here,” City Manager Jim Lukas said.

The website found the city has a lower crime rate than 65 percent of communities in Ohio.

“For comparably sized cities all across America, Brunswick is actually safer than most according to NeighborhoodScout’s exclusive analysis of FBI crime data,” Neighborhood Scout reported.

Brunswick Police Chief Carl DeForest said the city works hard to keep the streets safe, including an aggressive traffic patrol. The city is known for pulling over drivers to make OVI arrests and target drug enforcement.

“People realize a certain behavior is not acceptable here and they either go elsewhere or stop doing it,” DeForest said.

DeForest also credited city residents with helping to reduce crime. Neighborhood watches and engaged citizens are willing to report suspicious activity before it becomes a major problem, he said.

“It starts with citizens who give us a call,” he said. “We go out and check it out. If someone is somewhere they’re not supposed to be, we ask them to leave. If they have warrants, we make an arrest. It comes down to basic policing and the community doing what they can to help.”

Neighborhood Scout also points to Brunswick’s high homeownership rate and level of education as assets that make Brunswick a good place to live.

“With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Brunswick really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children,” the site reports.

“Is Brunswick perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.”

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.