Yonkers, N.Y. – Of the 125 most populous cities in the United States Yonkers had the second lowest crime rate in 2009, according to FBI crime statistics released this week by the Yonkers Police Department.
The YPD analysis compares Part I Crimes provided by the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting System for the top 125 cities in the country by population. Part I crimes are divided into two major categories: violent crime (murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery, and assault) and property crime (burglary, larceny, and auto theft). Reported incidents of all Part I crimes are then compared to a city's population to determine its overall crime rate.
After accounting all Part I Crimes Yonkers came out as the number two safest city in the nation last year, second only to Irvine, Cal. and ahead of New York City, which ranked seventh.
"These statistics reaffirm what we have been saying for some time: that Yonkers is a remarkably safe big city — a safe place to live, work and do business," Mayor Phil Amicone said of the analysis. "Public safety is the number one factor in determining the quality of life in any city. It's not the only factor but it's clearly the most important."
Mayor Amicone gave sole credit for the low crime rate to the excellent work being done by the Yonkers Police Department.
"Our police officers are among the finest in the country, and these numbers bare that out. They are not just putting Yonkers ahead of the curve when it comes to crime reduction, they are setting the curve. The people of Yonkers should be proud of the YPD and confident in their ability to keep us all safe," he said.
Police Commissioner Edmund Hartnett echoed the mayor's sentiments. "The ranking of Yonkers as number two in crime reduction in 2009 is due, in large part, to the hard work of the men and women of the YPD. Working in partnership with the community, they have performed their duties extremely well. Also, while we are encouraged by these crime reduction statistics which continue in 2010, we will never declare victory over crime and we will strive to further reduce crime and improve the quality of life for the residents of Yonkers," the commissioner said.
Crime statistics are compiled annually by the FBI and published in the agency's report Crime in the United States, which details every reported crime incident in the country from the previous year. Crime in the United States 2009 is available on the FBI's website.
Equally impressive, crime data released monthly by the Yonkers Police Department and available on the YPD website show further crime reductions across the board in 2010. Year-to-date crime is down approximately 5 percent below 2009's already low levels.
The crime reductions come at a time when budget cuts have forced the city to downsize the police department. The Yonkers Police Department is down more than fifty officers from its high staffing point of 641 officers in 2008.
"I want to point out that our police officers are especially doing a great job when you consider that we have lost so many officers over the last two years. Our police are literally doing more with less," Mayor Amicone said.
"But we fully acknowledge that Yonkers needs more police on the job, which is why we included money in this year's budget to hire an additional class of officers after the beginning of the year. And I'm confident that the new officers will only add to what is already a terrific department," the mayor concluded.
SOURCE: Press Release