Nassau County named safest community in America for second straight year

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran on Sept 28 announced that Nassau County has been named the “Safest Community in America” by US News and World Report for the second consecutive year. After taking the number one spot in 2020, Nassau County again ranks number one in US News and World Report’s public safety ranking for 2021, a comprehensive assessment of nearly 3,000 Counties based on seven metrics in three key areas: crime, injuries and public safety capacity. Individual metrics on which counties were assessed included violent crime rate, property crime rate, vehicle crash fatality rate, the share of public safety professionals within a population and per capita spending on health and emergency services. 

 After being named the Safest Community in America by US News and World Report in 2020, crime in Nassau County has continued to decline to historic lows – down 10.5% over the past year and 36% over the past decade. Over the past year in Nassau County, there has been a 22.2% decline in homicides, a 15% decline in burglary (residential and commercial), and an 11% reduction in grand larceny. 

 “While crime has spiked in other parts of the country, Nassau County is safer than ever. Nassau’s success in holding crime down shows that intelligence-led, community-oriented policing works. It also shows that Nassau has the finest Police Department in the nation, and I’d like to thank the brave men and women in uniform for all they do protect our communities. Keeping Nassau safe is a team effort, and I want to also thank the District Attorney’s Office, Nassau’s Fire Marshal, Fire Service, Corrections, Probation, Office of Emergency Management, and other dedicated first responders working non-stop for our County,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. 

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