NORTHPORT VILLAGE, New York, September 25
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
There’s always safety in numbers.
In Northport’s case, that safety literally lies within the numbers, according to Safe Choice Security, a national provider of home security systems, that is. Comparing crime statistics from the FBI’s census data – with an emphasis on violent and property crime – the Village of Northport is the 23rd safest city in all of New York, the organization reports.
“As far as the numbers go, yes we try very hard to maintain people’s safety and security in the village,” Ric Bruckenthal, Northport’s chief of police, said. “Crime can go across all socioeconomic status; it does happen here and when it does, we take it seriously.”
The list, published on Sept. 15 on Safe Choice Security’s website, includes 29 New York cities – just five of which are in Nassau or Suffolk counties: Malverne (2), Floral Park (3), Lynbrook (15), Long Beach (21) and Northport (23). While Northport is the lowest Long Island town on the list, it is also the only one to make the cut from Suffolk.
“I was happy to hear about [the list], but it’s something that I already sort of knew,” Northport Mayor George Doll said. “As far as police, ambulance and fire services, we have the best ongoing response… It’s really just amazing.”
According to Safe Choice Security’s data, Northport has just 0.27 violent crimes and 10.85 property crimes committed per every 1,000 other crimes.
But, according to Doll, it’s more than just the numbers.
“It’s the community in general,” he said. “I grew up here, my kids grew up here, my grandkids are growing up here; they’re 8-9 years old and I have no problem with them just walking downtown… People really feel safe here.”
Originally published: Long Islander News: The Record (Thursday, September 25, 2014; A5)