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“SAFEST CITIES IN
FLORIDA 2018”:

Congratulations!
Greenacres made this year’s list.


Learn more below about this recent high
honor for the City of Greenacres.

FYI: Greenacres is patrolled by PBSO.
But did you know. . .

There are thirty-nine (39) municipalities in Palm Beach County (PBC). Thirty (30) have their own police departments and nine municipalities* and unincorporated PBC (areas in white; see map below) are patrolled by PBSO.

On the merge of the Greenacres PD with PBSO in 2015–2016,

“[T]here is no debate about the result. Overall crime is down, and available law-enforcement resources are far better.”
—Quote. Editor at The Palm Beach Post, March 10th, 2018.


Eastern area of Central Palm Beach County (CPBC).
Note that a map of western CPBC is below. 

Click on image to enlarge: 
On this year’s Safest Cities in Florida (SCIF) list are Greenacres and the villages of Wellington and Royal Palm Beach as well: all are located in CPBC and all are patrolled by PBSO. The City of Lake Worth is also patrolled by PBSO, crime is down 11–13%, but the City didn’t make the SCIF 2018 list due to methodology (see below) used by the committee.†

Seven cities, towns, and villages in PBC made
the list this year. Here is the list:

  • #10. North Palm Beach
  • #19. Wellington [patrolled by PBSO]
  • #33. Jupiter
  • #42. Royal Palm Beach [PBSO]
  • #49. Palm Beach Gardens
  • #50. Greenacres [PBSO]
  • #53. Boca Raton

Note the locations of Wellington and Royal Palm Beach in this map. The City of Greenacres is to the east of these two villages on the edge of the Florida Everglades.
Also near the edge of the Everglades is the South Florida National Cemetery, the final resting place for many veterans. This cemetery is not to be confused with the Pinecrest Cemetery located in the City of Lake Worth, an all-too-common error by the editor(s) at the Post.

 
The following cities did not make this year’s list and that’s possibly explained by the methodology (see below) used by the National Council.
  • Atlantis
  • Delray Beach
  • Hypoluxo
  • Manalapan
  • Palm Beach
  • Palm Beach Shores
  • South Palm Beach
  • West Palm Beach

Methodology used by the National Council’s 100 “Safest Cities” list:

To identify the safest cities in Florida, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.

The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 1,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 1.5 of the total (due to their severity) than property crimes.


*Besides Greenacres, Wellington, and Royal Palm Beach the other six cities, towns, and villages patrolled by PBSO are:
  • Belle Glade
  • Lake Park
  • Lake Worth
  • Mangonia Park
  • Pahokee
  • South Bay
For more information about crime in Palm Beach County in 2017 click on this link.

It could be the SCIF Committee is tracking down a persistent rumor that is especially common leading up to elections in the City of Lake Worth. Click on this link to learn the facts.
     As Lake Worth’s District 14 PBSO Cpt. Todd Baer explained recently, about the false crime data from data aggregation websites that is completely worthless, this date collection method is called GIGO, Garbage In Garbage Out. Baer said:
     “This [GIGO] skews our numbers, particularly robberies. For the crimes per 100,000 they [GIGO websites Neighborhood Scout, Nerd Wallet, Only In Your State, etc.] are likely multiplying the violent and property crimes by the number of residents. Not sure if they used 2016 or 2017 numbers. . . . Crime was down for the second half of 2015 but up slightly for the year [2016]. It was down 2.3% for 2016 and is down 13.7% thus far in 2017.
     Not sure what they mean by ‘attacks’. They mention residents having a 1 in 76 chance of being robbed. I can tell you from reading the reports every day, our population of illegals [undocumented aliens] are our robbery victims the overwhelming majority of the time.”