February 21, 2014 at 8:00 AM
Lower Providence Township was named one of the 50 safest cities in the state of Pennsylvania. A study released by SafeWise.com focused on recent FBI crime data, and considered its rates against population and ranking factors such as “unique safety initiatives and security programs implemented within the past few years,” said a release from the township.
“It is refreshing to see so many caring communities working together to make sure their towns are safe,” said SafeWise’s security analyst Rebecca Edwards. “Most of these Pennsylvania cities have crime rates far below the national average, which is a testament to the difference conscientious citizens can make.”
Of the 50 named, Lower Providence, however, was ranked 50th. Other area communities were also included, such as Springfield, Montgomery County (43); Towamencin (41); Upper Dublin (33); and Tredyffrin Township (29).
Cecil Township, a suburb of Pittsburgh, was topping the list, called a “family-friendly town” reporting zero rape, murder, or motor vehicle thefts, according to SafeWise.
Though barely making the cut, Lower Providence was recognized for its efforts to stay safe.
“Lower Providence Township is focused on providing a prosperous, safe and productive community for people to live, raise a family and engage in business. This Montgomery County township, nestled just northwest of Philadelphia, is home to an award-winning school district and gorgeous venues for all kinds of outside recreation,” said the SafeWise study. “Their accredited police force is known for its progressive, community-minded approach to crime prevention and personal safety. The department champions innovative programs like the Project Child Safe Firearm Safety Kits, which provides gunlocks and gun safety education to township residents. Another noteworthy program is Project Return Safely, where officers work in concert with the Alzheimer’s Association to help reunite lost loved ones to their families.”
According to the crime rates reported to CityRating.com, Lower Providence had two arsons, 19 motor vehicle thefts, 57 burglaries and 202 larceny and theft reports in 2010. In the same year, there were no murders, no manslaughters, no forcible rapes, three robberies and 50 aggravated assault reports.
“The city violent crime rate for Lower Providence Township in 2010 was lower than the national violent crime rate average by 50.41 percent,” said CityRating. “The city property crime rate in Lower Providence Township was lower than the national property crime rate average by 64.31 percent.”