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TWINSBURG -- Twinsburg has been ranked the 41st safest city in Ohio, according to a recent list published by The National Council for Home Safety and Security in Washington, D.C.
Other nearby communities also making the list included Hudson (No. 8), Sagamore Hills (No. 15), Aurora (No. 19), Solon (No. 29) and Munroe Falls (No. 33).
Asst. Chief Robert J. Gonsiewski said that he was happy to see the ranking, "but not surprised."
"The men and women of the Twinsburg Police Department work very hard to make our citizens feel safe," Gonsiewski said. "We have a state-of-the-art dispatch center with professional and knowledgeable dispatchers to determine the problem and direct our officers promptly to the correct location. We have an amazing, well equipped, and well trained patrol division on patrol 24 hrs a day to deter crime and to respond quickly to calls.
"The patrol division solves many of the crimes through their investigations, but when a crime is going to take more time and investigation we have one of the best detective bureaus around. Serious crimes rarely go unsolved."
According to information on the NCHSS website, the agency reviewed the most recent statistics from the FBI Uniform Crime Report, along with its own population data and internal research. Cities that had not submitted a complete crime report to the FBI and municipalities and townships with fewer than 5,000 residents, were not included.
Twinsburg, which has a population of 18,849, had in 2015 1.17 violent crimes per 1,000 residents and 7.96 property crimes per 1,000 residents, according to numbers supplied by the NCHSS.
"The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 100,000 people," according to the NCHSS. "These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70 percent of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30 percent
Finally, we moved the decimal point over a few spots to show rates per 1,000 people."