Pottstown Part Of Study’s Local Safety Rankings

Study Issues Safety Rankings In Local CommunitiesNEW YORK NY – Pottstown ranks as the “205th safest” municipality in Pennsylvania, according to calculations by a New York-based consumer and data research firm that issued its findings Saturday (May 9, 2015). Limerick Township ranked 106th, and Lower Pottsgrove ranked 149th in the same study, issued by ValuePenguin.com.

Only 214 municipalities with populations of more than 10,000 were included in the safety rankings research, which relied on 2013 crime statistics reported by the FBI that the company said were then standardized, aggregated, and weighted to create comparable “crime scores.” They included violent crimes like murder and manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault; and property crimes like burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson, it said.

Other neighboring communities rated in the research were:

  • New Hanover Township, ranked 13th;
  • Amity Township, 24th;
  • Upper Providence Township, 65th;
  • Douglass (Montgomery) Township, 124th;
  • Phoenixville, 135th; and
  • Norristown, 204th.

The safest community in the Commonwealth, the report claims, is Upper Providence Township in Delaware County, with a calculated crime score of 84; its least safest, by contrast, was Darby Borough, with a score of 8,900. The Pennsylvania average score was 838. Pottstown earneds a score of 2,659; Lower Pottsgrove, 890; and Limerick, 571.

The report was written by Brian Quinn, who is listed as one of the company’s three founders. The firm’s website apparently attracts revenue by recommending or referring consumers to “certain service providers” of credit cards, auto and home insurers, and health insurance plans.