The five largest cities in St. Charles County – St. Charles, St. Peters, O’Fallon, Wentzville, and Lake Saint Louis – were included in a list of the top 50 safest cities in Missouri by the National Council for Home Safety and Security.
O’Fallon was nearest to the top of the list at 9, and Wentzville at 15. Next was Lake Saint Louis at 27, St. Peters at 40 and St. Charles at 50. This ranking was for cities with a population larger than 5,000.
“Our entire City can be extremely proud of our steadfast recognition as a community of safe business areas, neighborhoods, parks and streets,” said O’Fallon Mayor Bill Hennessy. “The credit goes to citizens who look out for one another and our dedicated police officers who not only protect us, but who connect with the community through programs like the Citizens Police Academy, Community Emergency Response Team training, Business Watch, Neighborhood Watch and the popular Coffee with a Cop outreach.”
O’Fallon, with a population of 85,040, is the largest city in the top 10 safest cities.
The City of Wentzville echoed the importance of community in a press release about the rankings. “We’ve worked hard to build a community that offers safety and security, exemplary schools, affordable and diverse housing, and expanding employment opportunities. We’ve worked hard to build a place that people want to call “home.”’
The report from the NCHSS used FBI statistics from 2016 to rank the cities based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny, and motor vehicle theft) per 100,000 people.
The top safest city was the Kansas City suburb of Greenwood, Missouri. In St. Louis County, Ballwin came in at 3, Webster Groves at 7, Town and Country at 10, Ladue at 11, Creve Coeur at 13, and Chesterfield at 20.