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Hudson near top in safest city poll by SafeWise website

by Tim Troglen | reporter Published: January 19, 2014 12:00 AM
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Hudson -- According to a recent safety poll conducted by a national security firm, Hudson ranked No. 3 out of 50 Ohio cities surveyed.

The ranking, released Jan. 6, is the company's first for Ohio, according to Brooke Niemeyer, director of media relations for SafeWise. However, the company would like to continue the ranking on a yearly basis.

Hudson Police Chief Dave Robbins was pleased by the ranking.

"We always strive to keep our community as safe as possible, and we are pleased to be recognized for our efforts," Robbins said.

The survey, based in part on FBI crime data from 2011, credited a variety of factors, including the work by Hudson Community First, created to stop substance abuse, encourage high school graduation and promote "an overall mind-set for the youth of Hudson to simply make better choices," according to the survey.

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"A community member actually brought the report to our attention," Laura Gasbarro, co-director of HCF said. "It was gratifying to know that our work is recognized."

However, Gasbarro credited the entire community for the ranking.

"As Community First always says -- it is the entire community-- individuals, organizations, businesses and the schools that make our community special," Gasbarro said. "The Keep Hudson Safe Initiative that began last year has brought schools, city and community together to examine, inform and recognize the importance of safety and planning at all levels."

Other factors cited by SafeWise was Hudson's distinction of being named one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People by America's Promise and the focus on education and opportunities for its youth.

The city was also credited for being the corporate headquarters home to JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store, which operates 751 locations in 48 states and maintains a huge distribution center in Hudson.

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Also noted was, officials had preserved much of Hudson's open and undeveloped spaces, kept historical buildings intact, and allowed trees to grow to enormity signifying the strength and beauty of the area.

"We considered everything from the most recent FBI crime data from 2011, population [cities over 15,000 people as of 2011] and population growth, to looking at safety initiatives implemented by these cities like neighborhood watch programs, child safety initiatives and police force programs," Niemeyer said. "We also considered safety resources that city governments have made available to their citizens.

The list was made according to how cities met the criteria, according to Niemeyer.

Other Northeast Ohio cities on the list include: No. 1 Broadview Heights; No. 2 Streetsboro; No. 7 Twinsburg; No. 9 Aurora; No. 33 Stow; No. 35 Tallmadge and No. 41 Kent.

"When neighbors know each other, they look out for each other. Ohio's safest cities are brimming with civically minded residents who clearly take pride in where they live," said John Roskelley, a SafeWise security analyst.

SafeWise has completed similar top 50 lists in other states across the country.

According to Niemeyer, SafeWise is "a community-focused security organization that is the source for everything safety and security. We help [people] compare security providers so they can best protect their home the way they want to. The SafeWise Report provides resources to help make homes and communities a safer place. We provide home security tips and tools, as well as the most recent news in the safety industry."

To see the full Ohio top 50 safest cities list, go to www.safewise.com/blog/50-safest-cities-ohio.

Reporter Mike Lesko contributed to this story.

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