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Long Beach Named 10th Safest 'City' in New York

"City by the sea" praised for being safe, resilient after Sandy.

(File photo)
(File photo)

With Adina Genn

Long Beach is the tenth safest "city" in New York State, according to a recent report by SafeWise Security Systems.

The Salt Lake City-based home-security provider deemed LB tenth among 50 New York cities, praising this South Shore "city by the sea" not only for its safe, iconic setting, but also its drive and resilience after Hurricane Sandy. After the city was devastated by Sandy, the "power of its citizens helped the community of 33,000 rebuild itself and emerge stronger than ever."

The report cited FBI’s 2011 Crime in the U.S. Report as well as the company’s own research since from the past two years.

Topping the New York list is Floral Park, which is ranked the safest community. Also included are Port Washington (4), Glen Cove (number 7), Lynbrook (11), Rockville Centre (29) and Garden City (30). 

Here's the full list of safest cities in NYS, according to the report:

1. Floral Park

2. Bedford

3. New Castle

4. Port Washington

5. Carmel

6. Scarsdale

7. Glen Cove

8. Eastchester

9. Hyde Park

10. Long Beach

11. Lynbrook

12. Mamaroneck

13. Peekskill

14. Stony Point

15. Ossining

16. Orangetown

17. Webster

18. Rye

19. Fishkill

20. Ramapo

21. Mount Pleasant

22. Cicero

23. Yorktown

24. Camillus

25. Ogden

26. Orchard Park

27. Rome

28. Haverstraw

29. Rockville Centre

30. Garden City

31. Bethlehem

32. Niskayuna

33. Manlius

34. Greenburgh

35. Amherst

36. Tonawanda

37. Lancaster

38. Depew

39. New Rochelle

40. Kenmore

41. Spring Valley

42. Saugerties

43. Cohoes

44. Clarkstown

45. North Tonawanda

46. Yonkers

47. New Windsor

48. West Seneca

49. Vestal

50. Cortland

paul.d.spellman December 17, 2013 at 12:09 PM
While this may appear warm and cuddly, if you include only "cities" (their definition) with a population of 30,000 or more, Long Beach falls to 13th place (based on violent crimes) and is behind some "cities" with approx 2.5 times to almost 4 times the population.
Jay Gusler December 17, 2013 at 01:13 PM
The incidence of crime is but one measure of the safety of the City. Another index of how safe a given community is - and I believe a far more important one - is how does that community meet the emergency needs of its citizens? By 'emergency needs' I'm referring to all of those calls for assistance not involving criminal activity. Things like fires, emergency medical (ambulance) calls, car accidents, elevator emergencies, CO detector activations, spills, hazardous materials incidents; etc,. Long Beach racks up an average of 4500+ such calls every year. Those 4500 calls are overwhelmingly answered by the professional, career firefighters comprising the non-volunteer side of the combined (part-paid, part volunteer) Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD). The service provided by the professional, non-volunteer members of the LBFD is second to none both in terms of the professionalism with which it is rendered and the time frame in which calls for help are responded to. While the professional members of the LBFD hope you never have the need to call upon our services, we are confident that if you did you would agree that if such misfortune were to touch your life, your emergency needs were well met by the professional members of the LBFD. There really is no better place to have a house fire or a heart attack than Long Beach, where your chances for a positive outcome (under the circumstances) are unsurpassed.
Eddie December 17, 2013 at 01:37 PM
Very good, Jay and very true indeed. I think Long Beach, with its high density and large aged population leads the pack for its very professional emergency response organizations.
Penquin December 17, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Emergency Resources here are excellent. Now we just need a hospital to take stress of EMTs, Firefighters and police.
larry teague December 17, 2013 at 11:27 PM
fbi's 2011 report? what has happened in the last two years? LB had huge jump in violent crime since Sandy. SafeWise has no board, no management team, no bearing in years prior to 2011. where do we wind up with these bogus stories? just to feel good and unlock our doors?
Nellie December 18, 2013 at 07:10 PM
10th safest city... I guess we are a safe city when shootings happen right outside the police station
Penquin December 18, 2013 at 08:24 PM
There are so many variables that go into these polls (or any polls), plus numerical results are subject to interpretation. They are not audited results based on stringent criteria or time frames.
Carly December 19, 2013 at 09:33 PM
I find it ironic that Newsday's Police Blotter regularly features LB crime to stoke negative perceptions, yet rarely publishes any arrests in Garden City which, according to this report, is 3x more dangerous. Perhaps our fabulous boardwalk-banner PR firm can combat media bias instead of attempting to lure visitors to our boardwalk in the dead of winter.
moe December 19, 2013 at 11:26 PM
This SafeWise report is meaningless. It's not really based on FBI findings. Better to look at the original FBI reports here: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011 ...... Long Beach is not included in the 2012 FBI Report at all, I guess because of Sandy. The FBI report specifically warns about lists like the one from SafeWise: ... From the FBI: ..... "Caution Against Ranking Variables Affecting Crime Each year when Crime in the United States is published, many entities—news media, tourism agencies, and other groups with an interest in crime in our nation—use reported figures to compile rankings of cities and counties. These rankings, however, are merely a quick choice made by the data user; they provide no insight into the many variables that mold the crime in a particular town, city, county, state, region, or other jurisdiction. Consequently, these rankings lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions adversely affecting cities and counties, along with their residents."

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