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Share Our Pride— Mundelein Ranks Sixth Safest City in Illinois

There’s been a surge in news coverage of violence in the U.S. so an organization, Background Checks, decided to go in the opposite direction and determine the safest cities in Illinois for 2019. According to the organization findings, the Village of Mundelein ranks #6 Safest Cities in Illinois.

“City leaders have a million responsibilities thrust onto them – but safety is always at the top of the list. We commend you for your hard work in striving to keep your city as safe as possible,” Rob Lora, Media Outreach Manager for Background Checks, wrote in a statement sent to Mayor Steve Lentz.

To conduct the Safest Cities in Illinois study, Background Checks used the most recent FBI crime statistics to create state rankings. There were initially 7,430 cities in the data set. After filtering out the cities with populations of less than 10,000, 2,929 cities remained. Then, Background Checks representatives calculated violent crime rates and property crime rates by dividing the crime numbers by the population to get rates per 1,000. They also calculated the ratio of law enforcement workers to per 1,000. These were weighted with -50% for the violent crime rate, -25% for the property crime rate, and +25% for the law enforcement rate. The resulting metric provided the safety index score. The higher this number, the safer the city.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, Village staff, and all Mundelein residents, I applaud Police Chief Eric Guenther and all of our police officers and public safety team members for their efforts to keep Mundelein safe. This impressively high ranking is a tribute to them and it is a very positive message about our community of which we can all be proud,” said Steve Lentz, Mayor.

“While Chicago’s violent crime problem often gets national attention, the city’s suburbs are among the safest and best places to raise a family in the country. In fact, 14 smaller Illinois cities–the majority of which are found in greater Chicagoland– earned a score of 0.6 or higher on our Safety Index, which is very good,” Lora concluded.

See where other cities ranked this year: https://backgroundchecks.org/safest-cities-in-illinois.html

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