Aurora -- A company which provides home security systems has named Aurora one of the 50 safest cities of at least 15,000 population in Ohio. The city ranks ninth on SafeWise's top 50 list.

SafeWise, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, is a community-focused security organization which bills itself as "the source for everything safety and security."

According to Elli Bishop, SafeWise's community safety manager, the firm compiled its "50 safest" list using the most recent FBI crime data from 2011, population and other factors such as unique safety initiatives and security programs implemented within the past few years.

"From the hundreds of cities in Ohio, we narrowed the list to 50 and assigned rankings according to how the city met our criteria," she explained.

"I am proud of our safety forces -- police and fire -- which work diligently to keep crime down and the public safe, protecting our residents, visitors and businesses," said Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin.

"I thank them for helping us be one of Ohio's safest cities, and I will certainly work hard as the new mayor to maintain a safe city. Aurora is indeed a great place to live, work and build a future for many reasons."

According to SafeWise's profile about Aurora, "if education is a top priority for you and your family, then Aurora should be on your list of cities worth considering as a place to call home."

The profile cites Aurora's designation as an "excellent district" by the state Board of Education, every school earning the Achievement of Excellence Award bestowed by the Ohio Partnership for Excellence and the school district earning the Schools of Distinction Award.

"No murders or rapes and just a single car theft in Aurora reported in 2011 can, in part, be attributed to well-educated kids who feel like they will accomplish great things in life," the profile stated. "Additionally, it's a beautiful city and was named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation."

Other nearby cities that made SafeWise's top 10 were Streetsboro, second; Hudson, third, Twinsburg, seventh and Solon, 10th. At No. 1 was Broadview Heights.


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