Study: Broadway Safest In Va.

Bridgewater, H’burg Also Make Top 30

Posted: March 21, 2014

LEFT TO RIGHT: Melanie Knowles, assistant at Broadway’s Village Library, helps Hope Bruce, 5, of Timberville, check out books as Hope’s aunt, Eleanor Sims of North Carolina, watches on Thursday. A recent study ranked Broadway as the safest town in Virginia. (Photos by Jason Lenhart / DN-R)
Broadway area residents take advantage of Thursday’s nice weather to clean their cars.
A week after the Broadway girls basketball team won second place at the state tournament, businesses like Blue Ribbon Nursery still show their support. According to a recent study, Broadway residents have a less than 1-in-1,000 chance of being a victim of a violent crime.

BROADWAY — As Broadway resident Barbara Andes strolled through the town’s streets and parks over the years, she’s always felt relaxed and safe.

Now, a recent study by SafeWise — a company that compares home security systems — confirms her feelings. The company ranked the Rockingham County town first on Virginia’s top 30 safest cities list.

“Our town is a very safe town,” said Andes, the branch manager at the Village Library on Main Street. “It’s a great town. Our police force does a really great job.”

The study focused largely on the 2012 FBI Crime Report in an attempt to try to find out “the chance of crime happening to me or my loved ones.”

The report also took into account area’s quality of life, including recreational opportunities.

In the 1.8-square-mile town, residents have a less than 1-in-1,000 chance of being a victim of a violent crime and a 1-in-1,000 chance of being a victim of a property crime.

Broadway Police Chief Randy Collins said he was surprised by the results, but it’s an honor to have the top ranking.

“I knew our crime rate was low, but I didn’t think we’d get No. 1,” he said, adding that the police department tries to be proactive. “We just try to be out and be seen.”

He also said it takes the community’s support to make the town safe.

“We have good people that live here in town,” said Collins. “They keep an eye out for each other.”

The study included towns and cities with a population of more than 3,000.

Bridgewater ranked 12th in the study, while Harrisonburg ranked 23rd.

The study noted the Friendly City’s roughly 30 downtown restaurants, farmers market and co-op grocery.

Contact Pete DeLea at 574-6278 or pdelea@dnronline.com



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