20 Cities in New York with the most Improved Crime Rate

December 9, 2014

6. East Fishkill Town, NY

West of Newburg and the Hudson river lies East Fishkill Town, which ranks just outside the top five on our list of most improved cities in the state of New York. The biggest town on our list, East Fishkill’s population has stayed pretty steady over our set of data points, but their overall crime rate has dropped a whopping 52 percent. With plenty of state parks and beautiful wooded areas in the region, it’s easy to see why so many love the area. One of the biggest factors for East Fishkill making our list is the effort the local police department has put forth to reduce violent crime. According to data provided by the FBI, violent crime has decreased in East Fishkill an amazing 90 percent over the past five years.

2007 Crime Rate: 17.13
2012 Crime Rate: 8.14
52.49% Decrease In Crime

7. Montgomery Town, NY

In the southwest portion of New York and just west of the Hudson River is Montgomery Town. Located just off the highway and surrounded by some wonderful state parks and beautiful woodland areas, Montgomery has made its way inside the top 10 of our list of most improved cities in New York. With the Wallkill River running through town and the Winding Hills Park
there is definitely plenty of natural attractions to draw people to the town. The local police department has been able to see violent crime lowered to almost nonexistent levels while also cutting property crime in half. With the city growing at a steady pace, it’s important to keep it feeling and appearing safe for potential new residents and visitors looking to see how the more “slower paced” portions of New York can be.

2007 Crime Rate: 18.61
2012 Crime Rate: 10.01
46.21% Decrease In Crime

8. Rensselaer City, NY

On the banks of the Hudson River literally across from the city of Albany is Rennselaer City, a small town that is usually the residential home of business professionals who work in Albany. With one of the busiest Amtrak stations in the country, Rennselaer offers the small town feels with the view of the big city skyline just across the river. With programs like the neighborhood watch, the community and police department have seen violent crime rates take a sharp decline over the past five years according to data provided by the FBI. The police department has managed to do this all while the town continues its steady growth in population, which generally means an increase in crime, but Rensselaer has seen an overall decline in crime rate thanks to their hard work.

2007 Crime Rate: 37.59
2012 Crime Rate: 20.76
44.77% Decrease In Crime

9. Baldwinsville Village, NY

In the northwest region of New York and just southeast of Lake Ontario is the Village of Baldwinsville. Located across the Onondaga Lake from Syracuse, Baldwinsville is another one of those smaller towns in northern New York that are just close enough to the big city to be able to get the best of both worlds. Not only that, but Baldwinsville has become one of the safer villages in the state over the past five years thanks to the efforts of the local police department and the community. Based on data provided by the FBI, Baldwinsville has seen violent crime dip to minimal levels and property crime also took a big tumble.

2007 Crime Rate: 24.35
2012 Crime Rate: 14.16
41.84% Decrease In Crime

10. Crawford Town, NY

In the southern portion of New York just minutes from the Shawangunk Ridge State Forest is the small town of Crawford Town. Tucked away from the big cities, Crawford Town is a growing small community with some beautiful surrounding scenery that has put a premium on keeping their town safe. Through programs like the neighborhood watch, Crawford Town has seen their violent crime rate dip over 50 percent over the past five years. Based on data provided by the FBI, the local police department and community have seen their efforts yield a crime rate decline of just over 40 percent.

2007 Crime Rate: 29.14
2012 Crime Rate: 17.31
40.61% Decrease In Crime

11. Rye Brook Village, NY

On the border of Connecticut and minutes from both Rye Lake and the bay is the village of Rye Brook. Across the way from Manhattan and in the southern most portion of New York, Rye Brook is a tucked away village away from all the hustle and bustle, but just minutes from the big cities and some fantastic state parks and waterways. Rye Brook Village was one of the safer cities already on our list, but with the police department’s work with the community in utilizing programs such as the neighborhood watch, they’ve still been able to drive overall crime down an amount significant enough to make our list of most improved cities in New York.

2007 Crime Rate: 12.02
2012 Crime Rate: 7.18
40.21% Decrease In Crime

12. Haverstraw Town, NY

Located on the banks of the Hudson River in the southeastern portion of the state of New York is the town over Haverstraw. Once an important lookout for the British during the American Revolutionary War, Haverstraw not only boasts some beautiful natural surrounds but also plenty of interesting historical sites. Already on the safer side based on overall crime rate, Haverstraw police department has done a fantastic job making the town even safer, seeing the violent crime rate take a noticeable dip over the past five years according to data provided by the FBI. Due to those efforts, Haverstraw makes it just outside the top 10 of our list of the most improved cities in New York.

2007 Crime Rate: 21.29
2012 Crime Rate: 12.83
39.73% Decrease In Crime

13. Mamaroneck Village, NY

On the southern portion of the state of New York and on the banks of the Mamaroneck River is the village of Mamaroneck. With plenty of golf courses and state parks in the region, the community of Mamaroneck offers quite a bit of outdoor activity clear of the major cities in the regional. Away from the hustle and bustle, Mamaroneck is already one of the safer cities in the regional, but the local police department and community have worked together to ensure that that rate continues a steady decline and is one of the reasons Mamaroneck has made our list of most improved cities.

2007 Crime Rate: 14.29
2012 Crime Rate: 8.71
39.06% Decrease In Crime

14. Eden Town, NY

On the western side of the state of New York and minutes from the banks of Lake Erie is the town of Eden. Just south of Buffalo, Eden is a tucked away small town that already has one of the lowest crime rates in the state. Just because Eden Town was one of the safest towns already doesn’t mean they can’t get even better, as the local police department has shown. Through initiatives like the neighborhood watch and getting the community involved, they’ve seen property crime take a significant decline over the past five years according to data provided by the FBI. Coming in just inside the top 15 of our list of most improved cities, Eden Town shows that even the best can get better.

2007 Crime Rate: 8.86
2012 Crime Rate: 5.44
37.06% Decrease In Crime

15. Horseheads Village, NY

In the southern portion of the state of New York near the border of Pennsylvania is the small village of Horseheads. Horseheads is tucked away from some of the bigger cities, but it’s just minutes from some of the amazing natural attractions like the Sugar Hill State Forest and Coon Hollow. The crime rate wasn’t a big issue in Horseheads at the start of our data point, but thanks to the efforts from the community and the local police department’s utilization of programs like the neighborhood watch, violent crime has fallen to nearly nonexistent levels. Based on data provided by the FBI, violent crime rates have declined 100 percent over the past five years.

2007 Crime Rate: 36.45
2012 Crime Rate: 22.94
37.06% Decrease In Crime

16. Monroe Village, NY

Located in the southern portion of New York, minutes from the Hudson River, Goose Pond Mountain and Harriman State Park is the village of Monroe. Monroe is tucked away from some of the bigger cities in the region, but is close enough that they’re easy trips if you need to get to the big city. The local police department has done a great job bringing down the overall crime rate while the population of the city steadily increased. The property crime rate has taken a sharp decline over the past five years and is a big reason why Monroe has made our list of the most improved cities in the state of New York. Violent crime was not necessarily an issue in Monroe, but it also was on a steady decline based on data provided by the FBI.

2007 Crime Rate: 34.44
2012 Crime Rate: 22.11
35.81% Decrease In Crime

17. Shawangunk Town, NY

In the southeastern portion of the state of New York is the town of Shawangunk, just minutes from the banks of the Hudson River and on the edge of Minnewaska State Park. Shawangunk is set off from New York City, tucked near some of the beautiful forests and woodland areas in the state. The town has grown at a steady pace of the last five years, but unlike most towns that grow the crime rate in Shawangunk has been on the steady decline. The local police department has seen violent crime reduced over 70 percent according to data provided to us by the FBI. For those efforts, Shawangunk Town has made their way on our list of the most improved cities in the state.

2007 Crime Rate: 12.72
2012 Crime Rate: 8.26
35.07% Decrease In Crime

18. Harrison Town, NY

In the southeastern portion of the state of New York is the town of Harrison. Just minutes from the Bronx and the banks of the Mamaroneck River, Harrison is tucked away north of New York City, but close enough that a trip is easy to make. Harrison is also one of the safest cities that have made our list of the most improved cities, based on data provided by the FBI. With many state parks and waterways just a few miles away, it’s easy to see why Harrison has seen steady growth over the past few years. One of the major reasons that Harrison has made our list of the most improved cities in New York is due to the sharp decline in violent crime, thanks to the local police department’s utilization of crime prevention programs such as the neighborhood watch.

2007 Crime Rate: 12.16
2012 Crime Rate: 7.95
34.59% Decrease In Crime

19. Albion Village, NY

Located on the western side of the state of New York near the banks of Lake Ontario and minutes from Canada is the village of Albion. The Erie Canal runs through the center of town and Niagara Falls is just a few minutes to the west. Albion has grown slightly over the past five years and at the beginning of our data set, their crime rate was a bit higher than you would like to see, most notably violent crime. The local police department and community have worked together however, and see that number decline just over 50 percent over the past five years according to data provided by the FBI. Property crime has also taken a decline, but the efforts to reduce violent crime are why Albion has made our list.

2007 Crime Rate: 75.65
2012 Crime Rate: 49.56
34.49% Decrease In Crime

20. Cornwall Town, NY

Rounding out our list of the most improved cities in the state of New York is the town of Cornwall, located in the southwestern portion of the southern tip of the state. Located on the edge of the Black Rock Forest and the banks of the Hudson River, Cornwall offers some beautiful natural scenery and some amazing spots for hiking and camping. The small town was already one of the safer cities on our list, according to data provided by the FBI, but the local police department still put in the hard work to prevent crime and have seen violent crime drop to a level where it’s almost not even a concern. The community has also seen property crime drop nearly 40 percent over the past five years, which also contributed to the overall crime rate decline.

2007 Crime Rate: 13.83
2012 Crime Rate: 9.24
33.15% Decrease In Crime

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20 Most Improved Cities in New York

Disclaimer: To improve the accuracy and usefulness of our list, we chose to exclude small communities with populations below 5,000 in our rankings.
Our rankings are determined by national crime statistics published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Our rankings are only as accurate as the local population and crime statistics officially released by the FBI.

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