YONKERS, N.Y. -- Yonkers has been ranked the second safest large city in the United State, according to the Uniform Crime Report Part 1 crime statistics posted by the FBOI.
The city moved up from the number three ranking among the top 150 cities by population, according to announcement by Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner.
“Yonkers is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our residents,” said Spano.
“We continually work to address the changing needs and challenges of our neighborhoods. These stats reflect that, and would not be possible without the steadfast and dedicated work of our Yonkers Police department, especially the fine men and women who patrol our streets each day to safeguard our residents.”
The Yonkers Police Department also announced that the city’s overall crime rate has decreased by 30 percent since Jan. 1.
The following are the city's crime and safety statistics, according to Yonkers Police Department:
- Yonkers has the second lowest crime rate of all U.S. cities with a population between 190,000 and 250,000.
- Yonkers has the second lowest crime rate of the top 25 cities in New York State.
- Yonkers has the lowest crime rate among New York’s big five cities (New York City, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse).
- Yonkers has a lowest crime rate among Westchester County’s big cities (Mount Vernon, White Plains and New Rochelle)
“Over the past five years, the men and women of the Yonkers Police Department have worked diligently to bring down overall crime in our city by 30 percent. This is a significant accomplishment,” said Gardner.
"We remain one of the safest cities in the nation and according to FBI statistics, we now have the second-lowest crime rate in the country for cities of similar size and population. At the same time, we continue to improve relations with the community through a myriad of community outreach programs and initiatives.”
“Yonkers Police leads by example. Our police department continues to be efficient with the resources provided to them as proven by the numerous community outreach initiatives and enhanced training that bridges the gap between law enforcement officials and our residents. We will continue to work vigorously so that Yonkers remains a safe city to live, work and play," said Spano.
FBI crime statistics can be found at www.fbi.gov .