2017-04-20 / Front Page

Flushing Twp. still one of the safest places to live in U.S.

By Sam Tunningley

FLUSHING TWP. – The township is considered one of the safest municipalities in the nation for a second consecutive year, according to data surveys from SafeWise and National Council of Security and Home Safety.

SafeWise analyzes and compiles the latest FBI crime statistics from all cities and townships with populations of over 10,000 in the United States, while NCSHS uses the same data but narrows its focus to each state and includes populations of 5,000 and above.

Flushing Township ranked 63 in the top 100 safest areas to live in the United States in the former and the sixth safest place to live in Michigan in the latter.

“[Flushing Township] works hard to maintain its safety record and historic vistas by keeping the police force staffed with the best and brightest, and by hosting regular hazardous waste disposal days to ensure no one sullies the land. Thanks to these efforts, this com- munity has stayed as beautiful and healthy as it was when it was founded in 1838,” said a description included in the SafeWise list.

Flushing Township is one of six Michigan cities to be included in the top 100 safest places in the state, alongside Oakland Township, Gross Ile, Hamburg Township, Brandon Township and South Lyon. The data shows, per 1,000 people, Flushing Township has .58 violent crimes and 3.8 property crimes.

Police Chief Brian Fairchild said there is not a huge difference from last year in crime reports, but the success is maintained through a collective effort in the community. He said residents work hard to deter any wrongdoing by taking the proper steps to report suspicious activity.

“Our safety is not only because of the police department, but also because of the township itself and the residents’ support of the police department,” said Fairchild.

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