• Town of Grand Rapids named Safest City in Wisconsin

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    March 13, 2019

    GRAND RAPIDS, Wis. – The Town of Grand Rapids is proud to announce its ranking as the Safest City in Wisconsin according to the SafeWise Report of its “20 Safest Cities in Wisconsin” dated March 1, 2019. “We take the safety and security of all our residents very seriously,” said Grand Rapids Police Chief Melvin K. Pedersen. “With community support and cooperation, our department is better able to serve everyone, residents and visitors alike.” 

    This is a community honor attributable to the cooperation and leadership of many. The residents of Grand Rapids, town employees, Police Department, Fire Department, town crew, Town Board and all the various town committees played a significant part in achieving this recognition. 

    To identify the safest cities of 2019, SafeWise reviewed 2017 FBI crime report statistics (the most recent complete report available at the time of ranking) and population data. Cities that fell below identified populations thresholds—or that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI—were excluded from the report. The rankings are based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) in each city. If there was a tie, they also factored in the number of property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft). We give precedence to violent crime because it typically results in physical harm or injury, whereas property crime usually has an economic impact. While both are concerning, people are usually more afraid of violent crime, which directly impacts their feeling of safety. To level the playing field, they calculated the rate of crimes per 1,000 people in each city. This makes it easier to directly compare the likelihood of these crimes occurring in cities with vastly different populations. 

    The rankings reflect the town’s continuous efforts to provide a safe community and keep crime rates down, including increased training opportunities for all sworn police officers, increased home and business checks and active participation in Wisconsin Department of Transportation traffic safety initiatives. 

    “As the town chairman and a board member for over 20 years I am proud to see that our efforts to provide great police, fire and EMS services have been recognized,” said Town Chairman Arne Nystrom. Check out the full report here: https://www.safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-wisconsin/ 

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    Grand Rapids is the 13th largest Town in Wisconsin and the 3rd largest community in Wood County. Covering 20.39 square miles, Grand Rapids is home to 7,748 residents. For several decades, the Town has led the County in single-family home construction. The average Grand Rapids resident, age 38 with spouse and child, owns a single-family home with a median household income of $72,386.