BRADFORD- There are about 237 towns in the state of Vermont, and out of all of them, Bradford was recently named the safest one by this year's SafeWise Report.
The SafeWise report highlighted Vermont as one of the safest states in the country, having a violent crime rate that is lower than the national average by 60%.
Taking Vermont as one of the safest states in the country, the report went further and showcased the top 10 safest cities in Vermont.
In order to conduct this study, the report collected cities within Vermont that had less than a 2,500 population back in 2012. After collecting those cities, recent FBI Crime Report data was analyzed. Each city was then studied according to two different types of crimes: Violent Crimes-- which pertains to murder, robbery, aggravated assault, and forcible rape, and Property Crimes—which are burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft.
According to the study, the chance of violent crimes happening to the average person residing in Bradford was a zero percent chance, with only a 6% chance of property crimes in that town as well.
Residents in Bradford aren't too surprised that Bradford made it as the safest town in Vermont. "We all know each other, it's small enough that people watch out for their neighbors," says business owner, Jessica Goodwin.
"It's the sense of community up here. People do tend to take care of each other, they take care of the community, they care about the community. It's something you find very, very rare these days," says one Bradford resident, Andrew Phillips.