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Melrose Makes Top 100 Safest U.S. Cities List in 2012

Melrose finished in the top half of the 100 safest cities in the United States in 2012, according to the Neighborhood Scout website.

Melrose finished in the top half of the 100 safest cities in the United States in 2012, according to the Neighborhood Scout website.

Melrose came in at no. 43 on the list, ahead of Vernon, Conn. (no. 44), according to the website. Of the 11 Massachusetts cities on the list, Franklin (no. 2), Needham (no. 15), Wellesley (no. 19), Lexington (no. 20), Andover (no. 22), Agawam (no. 25), Dracut (no. 28) and Milton at no. 42 finished higher on the list than Melrose, according to the site.

The safest city on the list was Bergenfield, N.J.

"Our research reveals the 100 safest cities in America with 25,000 or more people, based on the total number of property and violent crimes per 1,000 residents," reads the website. "Crimes include burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, murder, forcible rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault. Data used for this research are 1) the number of total crimes reported to the FBI to have occurred in each city, and 2) the population of each city."

Crime Data in Melrose

Melrose had a combined 357 property and violent crimes in 2012, according to the website. Of the 357 crimes, 310 were property crimes while 47 were violent crimes last year, according to the site. 

Property crimes in Melrose included 226 thefts, 62 burglaries and 22 motor vehicle thefts in 2012, according to the website. Meanwhile, there were 31 assaults, 14 robberies and two rapes comprising the violent crimes in the city last year, according to the site.

What do you think? Is Melrose a safe city to live in? Let us know what you think by posting a comment below.

Wally March 11, 2013 at 11:13 AM
Melrose is a nice city
Dave Gray March 11, 2013 at 02:26 PM
While I don't put a whole lot of stock in these surveys, which can fluctuate wildly from year to year, this wasis nevertheless a very good year for Melrose.
Myron Dittmer March 11, 2013 at 05:04 PM
This is another outstanding achievement and national recognition for our city. Special thanks must go to the Mayor, city workers, Aldermen, School Committee members, other Boards and Commissions, city volunteers, and businesses who commit so much of their time to improving the health and well-being of our community. And of course to those special men and women who wear the blue and risk their lives each day to help keep us all safe......a very special thanks!
Elaine Foley March 11, 2013 at 09:45 PM
Congratulations Melrose!
Ed E March 12, 2013 at 09:07 AM
This is great news for our city! Really happy to see this :)
Cas Stone March 12, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Seeing as police reports are works of fiction, I don't place much faith in this survey.

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