Wright Township has been deemed one of the safest municipalities in the state, according to a list recently released by the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS). Wright Township Supervisor Jerome Uram announced this news at the board of supervisors’Aug. 14 meeting.
“It’s a great honor I think, to have Wright Township put on the top of the list of safest cities in Pennsylvania,” related Royce Engler, Wright’s Police Chief. “I think it recognizes my police officers, that they are doing a great job.”
The list was compiled by Safewise, a home-security company, and based on 2015 FBI crime report statistics and population data. While the list is titled “Safest Cities in Pennsylvania,” no cities are listed, only municipalities. Wright is the only Mountaintop township included on the list. Other area townships may have made the list, however they didn’t, because the criteria for inclusion specified that a municipality must have a population of over 5,000.
The statistics were narrowed down by the number of violent crimes reported, such as aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery, verses property crimes, like burglary, arson, larceny theft, and motor-vehicle theft. Safewise went on to calculate the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each municipality. All of the municipalities on the list averaged fewer than three property crimes per 1,000 people, which is 90-percent lower than the national average.
In 2015, after two robberies occurred in Mountaintop and a Wilkes-Barre newspaper reported that crime in this area is on the rise,