Berea ranked No. 5 safest town


The home security firm Safewise, which produces a website that ranks city and neighborhood safeness, ranked Berea among the top 50 safest college towns in America.

The ranks, published at the beginning of August this year, were based off of 2017 statistics from the Berea Police Department, according to Gary Black, head of safety and security for Baldwin Wallace.

Berea is ranked at No. 5, boasting a low property crime rate of 7.42 per 1,000 people and an even lower violent crime rate of 0.42 per 1,000, according to the article from Safewise.

According to the article, “safe” is considered reports of one violent crime per 1,000 people; violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. In 2017, Berea reported only eight crimes and 140 property crimes. On the BW campus in particular, “only nine total crimes were reported.”

Berea is behind only college towns of Princeton, New Jersey, Deerfield, Illinois, Rexburg, Idaho, and Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Even with the city being one of the safest in the nation that’s home to a university, BW Safety and Security still takes precautions to make sure the student body is safe.

“Berea’s always been a pretty safe community. We’ve always been, historically, very close to Berea [police department],” said Black.

The school employs officers from the Berea Police Department on an off-duty basis to patrol campus around the clock. In addition, within their city-wide patrol, they’re often on or right by campus, said Black.