HUDSON -- Ask any Hudsonite what they love about their town and "safety" is bound to be one of the answers.
To seemingly back up that answer, Hudson was recently named one of the safest cities in Ohio, coming in at a strong No. 8 in a survey sponsored by the National Council for Home Safety and Security.
The "Safest Cities in Ohio 2017" was based on the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with population data and internal research.
"We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 5,000," according to the council. "Note that our use of the word cities is versatile, refers to populations of 5,000 and over and thus includes places with the words town and township."
Cities remaining in the running were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes such as aggravated assault, murder, rape and robbery and property crimes like burglary, arson, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft per 100,000 people.
"These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70 percent of the total and property crimes accounting for 30 percent," according to the organizers. "Finally, we moved the decimal point over a few spots to show rates per 1,000 people."
That said and no real data on the site to back up the findings, Hudson was No. 8, which ranked it also tops in Summit County.
Mayor David Basil was happy to see the rankings, no matter how scientific they were.
"I am grateful for the continuing recognition of an essential quality of our tremendous community," Basil said. "Our safety forces are top notch and work exceedingly hard to help protect Hudson citizens."
The ranking was also good for the city, according to the mayor.
"I believe the active engagement of our citizens across the entire life of our community is a critical factor in its safety. That engagement is one of the special and defining characteristics that makes Hudson great," he said. "The most recent announcement confirms the impact of our shared commitment to Hudson and to each other."
And, as hard as the safety forces work, the safety of the community will continue to be a shared responsibility to each other, Basil added.
"If something doesn't seem right -- call," he stressed. "Our officers and other responders would rather check and find everything is ok, than to find later that, if they had been called, they could have intervened to prevent a loss."
Communications Manager Jody Roberts agreed with the mayor.
"We are pleased to be recognized as one of the safest cities in Ohio," Roberts said. "We take great pride in our city and making it a vibrant and safe community where people want to live, work and raise their children."
For more on the survey visit www.alarms.org/the-safest-cities-in-ohio-2017.