“There were close to 900 municipalities we were competing against,” Mayor Rob Duncan said. “It was a pretty exciting email to receive. I knew nothing about it until I received this email.”
In late May, a LendEDU official notified the mayor that Norwalk was ranked as one of the safest cities in Ohio, based on “licensed data” and having each municipality’s crime index rated against the state and national averages. LendEDU, which started in August 2014, on its website describes itself as “a marketplace for student loans and student loan refinance.”
Police Chief Dave Light said the crime index likely is based on the uniform crime reports, which are automatically uploaded to the FBI.
“If it weren’t for our heroin problem and the fallout from that, we would really be doing good,” he added.
With city council recently authorizing the police department having a 24th officer, Light said that means there will be increased manpower and that will allow officers to be more proactive than reactive and have “detective bureau stings.” He said police can set up situations where they can stop people from stealing TVs from Walmart in the middle of the night.
Norwalk is ranked 96. The nearest cities or villages are Bellevue (69), Ashland (72) and Amherst (92). The full report and methodology can be found at https://lendedu.com/blog/safest-cities-state.
Duncan was asked why he thinks Norwalk is a safe city.
“First, we have some great citizens,” the…
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