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Westchester Town Ranks As Nation's Safest Place

Safewise ranked the nation's Top 100 safest cities.
Safewise ranked the nation's Top 100 safest cities. Photo Credit: Safewise

Residents in a Northern Westchester town can sleep soundly after being named the No. 1 "2017 Safest City in America!" for the second year in a row by SafeWise.

What makes the town of 12,799 so safe is there were only two crimes reported in 2016 with neither being violent or an assault or burglary, the website reports.

Another reason Lewisboro is tops is town officials are very public safety conscious and have such initiatives as "Are You Okay," that provides daily phone calls to older residents.

Eight other Hudson Valley municipalities in the area managed to crack the Top 100:

Rye -- No. 13: Rye is also back for the second year, but this year has moved up six spots from No. 19 in 2016. As the first settlement in Westchester county, Rye is still a calm and peaceful with great police and plenty of public-safety related programs.

New Castle -- No. 17: Founded in 1791, New Castle has made news for being home to the Clintons, but now it’s making headlines for a vibrant downtown, low crime rate and projects aimed at exercise, health, green spaces, and revitalization.

Kent -- No. 35: Kent is incredibly scenic with sprawling woods, lakes, mountains, and a variety of wildlife. In addition to the beauty, the town also focuses on safety and offers numerous classes ranging from safe babysitting to how to install car seats correctly.

Harrison -- No. 50: Residents of Harrison like living there so much they that every year they throw an It's Great to Live in Harrison parade. Harrison earned its way back on the Top 100 list by enacting such program as Dark House, which allows residents to alert police if they are going out of town, along with several others.

Sleepy Hollow -- No. 51: Sleepy Hollow doesn't have to worry about any headless horsemen these days, with few property crimes and even less violent crime. The police department has helped bring crime down through community-oriented policing and foot and bike patrols.

Bedford .-- No. 76: Just an hour from New York City, Bedford offers residents a safe place to live in addition to miles of trails to explore. The police department also works with residents to make sure that safety is the main concern.

Carmel -- No. 80: Carmel has the largest police department in Putnam County, that helps keep crime down by advocating for the community to get involved in Neighborhood Watch, take Halloween safety courses, enroll in bike safety classes, learn about childcare safety tips, and more.

North Castle -- No. 98: North Castle is known for its fun social events, its Citizen Corps Council and residents who work hard to maintain peace and goodwill.

To read the entire Top 100, click here.

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