20 Cities in Pennsylvania with the Most Improved Crime Rate

November 13, 2014

6. Southwestern Regional, PA

Just north of Baltimore, MD and south of Harrisburg, PA is the Southwestern Regional. It’s a rural community that strives to keep crime low and a police department that works to meet that end. Based on our data from the FBI, the Southwestern Regional was a low crime area before, but with hard work in the community the police force has helped drive that rate even further. They can say thanks to some programs such as the vacation home check and keeping their citizens informed with e-mail and text alerts.

2007 Crime Rate: 13.68
2012 Crime Rate: 6.75
50.63% Decrease In Crime

7. Adams Township, Butler County, PA

Just north of the bustling city of Pittsburgh sits the borough named after John Quincy Adams, the Adams Township. The town has a beautiful community park for residents and visitors to enough in the quiet countryside. The Adams Township was one of the safest communities in the state as is, but according to our data from the FBI they are also one of the most improved communities over the past five years. Their hard work and dedication definitely paid off.

2007 Crime Rate: 8.93
2012 Crime Rate: 4.43
50.35% Decrease In Crime

8. Punxsutawney, PA

Just south of the Allegheny National Forest and north east of Pittsburgh the groundhog sleeps in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Famous for Groundhog Day, the annual festival that folklore says determines how many days of winter are left based on how a ground hog wakes up from hibernation. Punxsutawney has the neat tradition, but it also has a safe reputation and a crime rate that’s taken a dive over the past five years. Most notably the town has seen their violent crime rate take a massive decline thanks to the work of the local police department.

2007 Crime Rate: 36.06
2012 Crime Rate: 18.33
49.15% Decrease In Crime

9. South Abington Township, PA

Tucked away just north of Scranton is the South Abington Township, the largest municipality in the Abingtons. The SATPD has a tough task keeping the crime rates down, as not only do they service and patrol the South Abington Township, but also three other townships in the vicinity. Thanks to regular patrols, community education and hard work the property crime rate in the region has gone down over 50 percent over the past five years. With plenty of natural amenities and national forests in the area, it’s important to not only keep things safe, but looking good too!

2007 Crime Rate: 18.97
2012 Crime Rate: 9.80
48.32% Decrease In Crime

10. North Strabane Township, PA

Located southwest of Pittsburgh in the northern portion of Washington County is the North Strabane Township. Not only are there plenty of beautiful natural amenities in the area, but there are at least seven universities within a 25 mile radius of the Township. The police department in the region offers 24 hour patrol, which is likely a big reason for the decline in property and violent crime over the years, as well as utilizing a community policing policy which helps curb crime before it even occurs.

2007 Crime Rate: 20.78
2012 Crime Rate: 10.85
47.80% Decrease In Crime

11. Shamokin, PA

Shamokin lies northwest of Philadelphia and east of the Susquehanna River and is a tight nit and friendly community. Not only that, but Shamokin is one of the safest cities in the state of Pennsylvania and it is getting safer. The police department has seen the crime rate drop nearly 50 percent over the past five years, according to data obtained by the FBI. One of the biggest factors in that rate of change is the amazing reduction of violent crime in the area thanks to patrol efforts by the police department and community education, which has seen the violent crime rate drop by nearly 85 percent!

2007 Crime Rate: 14.47
2012 Crime Rate: 7.98
44.82% Decrease In Crime

12. Hollidaysburg, PA

The little borough of Hollidaysburg is nestled at about the midway point between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. It’s a tight nit community focused on preserving their safe neighborhoods and ensuring people can enjoy the natural amenities in the area, such as Chimney Rocks Park, without worry for their safety. The Hollidaysburg PD uses public initiatives to educate the community, which in turn typically lowers crime. The borough has seen property crime take the biggest decline over the past five years.

2007 Crime Rate: 21.57
2012 Crime Rate: 12.07
44.05% Decrease In Crime

13. Castle Shannon, PA

Right outside of the city of Pittsburgh is the borough of Castle Shannon, which is wedged between two awesome golf courses. It’s also very close to the Monongahela and Duquesne Inclines, which are a popular attraction for visitors and tourists. The police department has worked tirelessly to drive down the violent and property crime rate, successfully, which makes it one of the safer boroughs in the area around the city of Pittsburgh.

2007 Crime Rate: 22.35
2012 Crime Rate: 12.58
43.72% Decrease In Crime

14. Adams Township, Cambria County, PA

Adams Township, located just to the east of Pittsburgh, is a quiet little town tucked off highway 219 in a rural part of Pennsylvania. Backing up to the beautiful Gallitzin State Forest, the township was already one of the safest in the state but through hard work and community awareness, they’ve been able to drive their crime rate down even further. The community and police department have worked to make violent crime nearly non-existent.

2007 Crime Rate: 8.34
2012 Crime Rate: 4.72
43.43% Decrease In Crime

15. Spring Township, Center County, PA

Buried in the middle of Pennsylvania the Spring Township is a hidden gem in the heart of the state. It backs up to part of the Bald Eagle State forest and it’s just minutes down the highway from Penn State University. It’s a great small town with everything you need nearby. Not only that, but it’s a relatively safe town with some of the lowest crime rates in the region as is. Even with a constant influx of youth because of the nearby university, the police department and town have done an amazing job driving down the crime rate over the past few years.

2007 Crime Rate: 12.20
2012 Crime Rate: 6.93
43.81% Decrease In Crime

16. Mifflin County Regional, PA

Buried in the middle of the state is Mifflin County Regional. It is a shout northwest of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and just south of both the beautiful Rothrock State Forest and the Bald Eagle State Forest. The local police department has done a great job in deterring crime over the past five years and came in just outside the top 15 of our 20 most improved cities in Pennsylvania. The police department utilizes some programs such as a neighborhood watch and Kops for Kids initiative, which educates the youth in the area about safety and crime prevention.

2007 Crime Rate: 25.52
2012 Crime Rate: 14.83
41.88% Decrease In Crime

17. Catasauqua, PA

North of Philadelphia and just outside of Allentown and on the banks of the Lehigh River is the borough of Catasauqua. It’s a nice quiet area with some beautiful natural amenities and some tourist destinations, such as the historic George Taylor House. Thanks to efforts in the community and crime prevention tactics by the local police department, Catasauqua has seen violent crime drop a staggering 80 percent over the past five years according to data provided by the FBI. It’s becoming one of the safer boroughs in the area and is one of the 20 most improved cities in Pennsylvania.

2007 Crime Rate: 32.00
2012 Crime Rate: 18.74
41.43% Decrease In Crime

18. Carroll Township, York County, PA

Right outside of Harrisburg, PA, just west of the Susquehanna River is the Carroll Township, just sneaking into our list of the 20 most improved cities in the state of Pennsylvania.  The township sports multiple parks for residents and visitors alike to enjoy. The township uses a combination of neighborhood watch, the DARE program, vacation home checks and regular patrol to help deter and lower crime in the area. They’ve seen property crime take a big dip thanks to these programs over the past five years.

2007 Crime Rate: 31.21
2012 Crime Rate: 18.59
40.44% Decrease In Crime

19. Kennett Square, PA

Kennett Square just squeaks into the list of our 20 most improved cities thanks in part to their efforts of deterring property crime in the region. Kennett Square sits just west of Philadelphia and is considered a historic town. There are many area attractions that draw in tourists and visitors such as the Longwood Gardens and the Kennett Underground Railroad. The local police department and the community itself have put forth the effort to bring down the crime rate to make historic Kennett Square even more of a hot spot than it already is.

2007 Crime Rate: 27.58
2012 Crime Rate: 16.46
40.32% Decrease In Crime

20. Indiana Township, PA

Just north of the city of Pittsburgh is the Indiana Township, just minutes away from Hartwood Acres, Deer Lakes Park and North Park. The township is also right off the Allegheny River, meaning there are plenty of natural amenities for residents and tourists alike. The town uses crime watch programs, getting the community involved to help deter crime. Making use of these programs, the town has seen violent crime take a massive decline over the past five years. There has also been a sharp decline in property crime. The hard work the community and police have put in has the Indiana Township rounding out our list of most improved cities in Pennsylvania.

2007 Crime Rate: 13.10
2012 Crime Rate: 7.83
40.23% Decrease In Crime

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20 Most Improved Cities in Pennsylvania

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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