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Newberg/Dundee among state's safest cities

Public safety — Survey by SafeWise praises efforts by local law enforcement over the past year

According to a recent survey the Newberg/Dundee area is a good place to live and a bad place to be a criminal.

SafeWise, a national company that evaluates home security systems, recently released its “10 Safest Cities in Oregon Report,” compiled using FBI data from 2013 to rank cities with a minimum population of 3,000 residents. Newberg and Dundee ranked fifth among Oregon cities with a violent crime rate of 0.86 per 1,000 residents and property crimes of 14.78 per 1,000 residents. Newberg/ Dundee’s previous ratings put them at fourth for violent crimes and seventh for property crimes among the top 10 cities in Oregon, according to NDPD Chief Brian Casey.

“The Newberg-Dundee Police Department has developed and implemented several unique and specialized units within the police department that have been very successful at making Newberg and Dundee safe communities,” Casey said. “In addition to proactive patrol and traffic safety divisions the department has a Domestic Violence Response Team, Computer Forensics Investigations Unit, Mental Health Crisis Team and very active Community Outreach Program that has built confidence, trust and good relations between the community and the police department. In combination these programs contribute to our low crime rate and safe community.”

The town of Brookings was top among Oregon cities, notching rates of 0.32 for violent crimes and 8.71 for property crimes. The tail end of the list went to Umatilla, with 1.85 violent crimes per 1,000 residents and 15.20 property crimes per 1,000 residents.