Updated: February 23, 2013 6:28AM
BARTLETT — The village has been ranked the fourth-safest town in the country by the website www.neighborhoodscout.com.
A village press release also notes that Bartlett is the only municipality in Illinois ranked in the top 10 safety communities by the real estate research site.
According to the release, NeighborhoodScout’s analysis of FBI crime statistics shows Bartlett “is safer than 89 percent of the cities and towns in the U.S. of all population sizes. If you live in Bartlett, your chance of becoming a victim of crime in the community is 1 in 135. The U.S. average across communities from the largest to the smallest is 1 in 30.”
The 2011 crime data that NeighborhoodScout used for the analysis is based on reports collected by the FBI from 17,000 local law enforcement agencies, and include both violent and property crimes combined.
“Violent crimes such as assault, rape, murder and armed robbery happen less often in Bartlett than in most of America,” the release said. “One’s chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime here is one in 2,591 ... .”
NeighborhoodScout’s analysis also shows that the property crime rate in Bartlett is below average. “This means that you are less likely to become a victim of arson, motor vehicle theft, larceny, or burglary in Bartlett than in most communities in America. Your chance is just one in 143,” the release said.
The Massachusetts-based company began in 2002, and the website is owned by Location Inc.
The company touts itself as “a geographic research and data mining company born of university research, specializing in location analysis, demographic and school data information products, and location-based decision-making tools for businesses and consumers.”
“Bartlett’s commitment to safety is unparalleled,” Village President Michael A. Airdo said in the release. “Our ongoing strategy is to engage the community directly to determine the best course of action regarding a given problem. We believe in being proactive and connected to our residents with a solution-oriented mindset. While we are proud to have earned this distinction, there is no finish line for fighting crime, and we strive to remain vigilant to our mission of community safety.”
More Location Inc. information about Bartlett is available at www.neighborhoodscout.com/il/bartlett/crime.