Palatine Ranked Among Nation's Safest Cities

Palatine is the 68th safest town in the U.S., according to a recent study.

The Village of Palatine was named in the top 100 safest communities in the country, according to a recently released study. 

The village was declared the 68th safest town in the U.S. by NeighborhoodScout. The real estate research firm came up with the nation’s 100 safest towns based on the number of property crimes and violent crimes per 1,000 residents.

The study, which includes towns with populations of at least 25,000, is based on data from 2011.

The research data is based on the number of crimes reported to the FBI, according to NeighborhoodScout’s website. Those crimes include burglary, larceny-theft, vehicle theft, homicide, forcible rape, armed robbery and aggravated assault, the site says.

Police departments submit crime data to the state and federal governments each year. Analysis of the village's 2012 police activity won't be available until late this year or in early 2014, according to local law enforcement.

alatine is among 12 Illinois towns to make the top 100 safest communities in 2011. Others included Bartlett (4th), Buffalo Grove (35th) Plainfield (51st), Mundelein (52nd), Hanover Park (57th), Mount Prospect (58th), Park Ridge (72nd), West Chicago (74th), Carol Stream (75th), Northbrook (93rd) and Hoffman Estates (97th). 

Bill C February 11, 2013 at 12:30 PM
Try telling that to the browns chicken families.
Peggy February 11, 2013 at 01:28 PM
How many years ago was that? I would say these days it's a pretty safe place, except unless you take a bullet from some neighbor shooting at coyotes in his backyard..
Palman February 11, 2013 at 01:51 PM
How to lie with statistics...tht means there are 67% BETTER communities to live in than Palatine. Palatine is in the BOTTOM 32%.
L February 11, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Outdated data from two years ago doesn't seem to me like "news". Since then, I've sadly read continual police reports for our town that include battery, assault, weekly thefts and burglary, not to mention other crimes that all appear very much on the rise. Please don't assert the false assumption that 2012 was the same as 2011 or that 2013 will be. Better that 2013 go on record as Palatine ranking in the top third instead of the lowest.
Tom Lunde February 11, 2013 at 03:23 PM
It's not too safe for backyard chickens...and coyotes...and German Shepard dogs.
Neal February 11, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Please reread the article, Your rationale would only apply if these were the only 100 cities in the US. I did a bit of web research and it ends up there are over 35,000 cities, which would approximately put Palatine as #67 out of 35,000. The percentile would then mean we are in the upper .00191 percentile.
Sharon Langlotz-Johnson February 11, 2013 at 04:02 PM
I am very proud to live in a communty such as Palatine. Our police department is exemplary and they should be excited to be part of such an honor. The statistics from 2011 just show the direction Palatine is heading. All positive!
sibuna February 11, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Paul Shafer February 11, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Good point. Apparently those species were not included in the stats.
Len L February 11, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Woo! Can we show this article to high school kids who think they're hood rat badasses?
Len L February 11, 2013 at 09:17 PM
I know man, crazy occurrences like that happen every day since it happened the first time. I've never been able to walk anywhere without looking over my shoulder in Palatine. It's a run down, project ridden town. I never go anywhere without my bulletproof vest and my AR-15. I can't tell you when the last time I HAVEN'T gotten shot at was. It's a shame that once a crime gets committed in a certain area that it can never become a safe place again.
Len L February 11, 2013 at 09:18 PM
A statistics course would do you good.
Len L February 11, 2013 at 09:20 PM
I know! I don't know what happened. 2011 was so safe and then.. BOOM! 2012 was just like a war zone everywhere!!
tony February 11, 2013 at 09:46 PM
I moved into Palatine two years ago from Chicago. You people have no idea how good you have it here. Be proud of where you live, it is a very nice town. Go find something else to complain about.
Neal February 11, 2013 at 10:30 PM
If we could clean up the northeast side of Palatine, we'd have to be in the top ten..
John S February 11, 2013 at 10:47 PM
I'm sorry, but "Len L" has Palatine mixed up with some other city. I doubt that he really lives here. And if we are to believe him, the police need to find him and take away his AR-15! I have lived here for 45 years. Yes, it has changed, but those changes have been well managed. Remember that many of them occurred when parts of the village were under Cook County control. Palatine remains a great place to live and raise a family.
Len L February 12, 2013 at 12:35 AM
Haha It's called sarcasm dude. There's nothing wrong with P-town
Rachel Green February 12, 2013 at 03:49 AM
That happened 20 years ago.. i think that's enough time to make some safety changes.
Rachel Green February 12, 2013 at 03:52 AM
Then don't leave your dog outside in the dark by itself for too long. Maybe you should get up & walk your dog instead of leaving it in your backyard by itself..
Paul Shafer February 12, 2013 at 09:25 PM
Rachel - I know Tom Lunde and he doesn't have a dog. But he does like to wander around by himself outside in the dark on occasion.
Tom Lunde February 13, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Paul - that's true. I became interested in raccoon watching.


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