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Oswego Ranked Among Top 50 Safest Cities in Illinois

Mar 11, 2016 07:34AM ● By Shannon Antinori

After being ranked among the state’s top cities for families and named one of CNNMoney’s 100 best places to live, Oswego can add another accolade to the list.

The village was recently named one of the 50 Safest Cities in Illinois by online public records database BackgroundChecks.org.

Oswego is No. 29 on the list, which includes Western Springs (No. 1), Geneva (No. 2) and nearby Channahon (No. 6), Minooka (No. 18) and Plano (No. 26).

The site ranked Illinois towns using FBI violent crime and property crime stats. Crime rates are based on crimes per 100,000 residents.

Oswego’s violent crime rate is 51.8, and residents have a 1.6 percent chance of falling victim to a property crime, according to the data. The safest town on the list, Western Springs, had a 7.7 violent crime rate.

Oswego Police Chief Jeff Burgner credited police partnerships with the community with earning the village a spot on the list.

“We really have a really good working relationship with our HOAs,” Burgner said, adding that an officer is assigned to each neighborhood in Oswego. “They build partnerships with those neighborhoods because they really get to know the neighbors.”

The village also works to keep residents informed about local crime, and solicits feedback from the community via social media.

Facebook, for example, has allowed police to warn residents of scams, reunite lost dogs with their owners and helped lead to the apprehension of suspects.

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“Over the last few years, we’ve built up a big social media following,” Burgner said. “We’ve had some success using social media to get tips from the community.”

Burgner said the village also does a good job of attracting residents and quality businesses to Oswego.

“The village does a really nice job attracting people to this community that want to have a good quality of life,” he said.