20 Cities in Pennsylvania with the Most Improved Crime Rate

November 13, 2014



The state of Pennsylvania is steeped in history, both in cultural history and historic sports teams. Home to the Nittany Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and Penguins, Philadelphia Eagles, Flyers and the Phillies; Pennsylvania is a state that loves their sports. It’s also a state that is the home to one of the historical capitals of the United States, the official second state to ratify the U.S. constitution and the home of the liberty bell. All the history and sights brings in a huge amount of tourists, traffic and a yearly flood of young adults (thanks to the many prestigious universities in the region.) Typically, this means there will also be an influx in crime, but there are 20 towns in the state that have gone above and beyond to provide a safe environment for their citizens and visitors.

Using data from 2007-2012 FBI Crime Reporting Statistics, we’ve uncovered twenty cities in Pennsylvania which have significantly decreased crime successfully.

The cities listed below have used some advanced police programs, services and techniques to help decrease their crime rate over a five year period. When looking through the data provided by the FBI, we have noticed their efforts have increased the quality of life for their citizens, as well as the safety of their neighborhoods.

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1. East Pikeland Township, PA

Right outside always sunny Philadelphia in the south east of Pennsylvania is the East Pikeland Township. East Pikeland is surrounded with county, city and state parks that highlight its beautiful scenery. They’ve seen their crime rate take a dramatic decline over the past five years, especially their property crime. The police department uses innovative techniques including a compressed natural gas powered patrol car to the Project Lifesaver initiative. This initiative helps police officers track down people who may wander away. With an aging population and children with special needs, the project provides wristbands that help locate people who could potentially wander off into dangerous situations.

2007 Crime Rate: 23.36
2012 Crime Rate: 8.67
62.90% Decrease In Crime

2. Buffalo Township, PA

On the west side of Pennsylvania just northwest of Pittsburgh and right off the Allegheny River is the Buffalo Township. It’s a rural community that prides itself in the natural surroundings, forests and the Lernerville Speedway. The police department has done a marvelous job already keeping crime low, but with their efforts they’ve been able to decrease crime by over 50% throughout the past five years!

2007 Crime Rate: 13.25
2012 Crime Rate: 6.25
52.84% Decrease In Crime

3. Cecil Township, PA

Rated as the safest city in Pennsylvania at one point, Cecil Township is proof that when you’re already the best at something, you can still get better. Even though the crime rate in Cecil Township is super low as is, they still managed to rank in the top 5 of our most improved cities in the state of Pennsylvania. Property crime in the area was already low, but is now virtually nonexistent thanks to the hard work of the community and police force.

2007 Crime Rate: 4.11
2012 Crime Rate: 1.94
52.72% Decrease In Crime

4. Hatboro, PA

Located to the north of Philadelphia off the Pennsylvania Turnpike sits the little town of Hatboro, Pennsylvania. An already safe community with a low crime rate, they have a police department that patrols the town at all hours of the day to keep their roadways safe and vandalism to a minimum.  The town also has a curfew ordinance for minors, limiting the amount of possible incidents involving youth late at night, which often is the cause of a high property crime rate.

2007 Crime Rate: 24.80
2012 Crime Rate: 11.73
52.70% Decrease In Crime

5. Fox Chapel, PA

Just twelve miles outside of the “Golden Triangle”, the borough of Fox Chapel rounds out the top five in our list of 20 most improved cities in the state of Pennsylvania. With beautiful parkland and wooded hills, Fox Chapel is a quiet town with a low crime rate as is, but the police department has worked hard to preserve a safe, rural atmosphere in close proximity to downtown Pittsburgh and other boroughs. Fox Chapel police keep connected with their community through a service called Nixle, which instantly lets citizens know about emergencies via a text message on their mobile phone.

2007 Crime Rate: 5.64
2012 Crime Rate: 2.77
50.81% Decrease In Crime

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