Brentwood was ranked 30th and Spring Hill 61st on a list of the nation’s 100 safest cities by the website NeighborhoodScout.
website, which provides real estate resources for those considering
buying a home, measured crimes per 1,000 residents in cities with
populations of 25,000 or more. Crimes include burglary, larceny-theft,
motor vehicle theft, homicide, forcible rape, armed robbery and
The only other Tennessee city to make its list
was Memphis suburb Germantown, ranked 55th. Like Brentwood, Germantown
has attracted upper-income residents, with relatively large percentages
“We are fortunate to have a supportive
city commission, city manager and residents who provide us with the
resources necessary to effectively carry out our duties,” Brentwood
Assistant Police Chief Tommy Walsh said.
“The most effective
‘tools’ in our belt are the men and women of the Brentwood Police
Department, who go above and beyond the call of duty each and every day
to make the city of Brentwood the safest city in Tennessee and one of
the safest in the United States. We take great pride in being honored as
one of the top 100 safest cities and thank NeighborhoodScout for
Spring Hill has attracted an unusually high
number of young families with children. It’s seen by many who moved
there as one of the few places in Williamson County where middle-income
residents can afford to buy a home so their children can attend
Williamson’s top-ranked schools. Nearly 34 percent of its population was
under age 18 as of 2010, according to the census.
“A third of our
population is under 18 and, with most having two parents, that’s
roughly another two-thirds of the population, so the overwhelming bulk
of our population is young families,” Spring Hill Vice Mayor Bruce Hull
“That’s got to be part of the reason for the ranking. Our
per capita household income is higher than average. That tells me
they’re professional. Also, even though we are up to 30,000 population,
we are still a bedroom community. And I would be remiss if it didn’t
mention the fine police work we have here in Spring Hill.”
Hill Police Chief Don Brite received a copy of the report and says while
domestic violence, theft and property crimes have all increased in
Spring Hill during its past five years of growth, its crime stats are
still remarkably low relative to its size. Its last murder was in 2007.
think one of the things that attracts people to live here is our goal
of providing a safe community for new residents and a good place to
raise a family,” Brite said. “And as we grow in population in both
commercial and residential, hopefully we can maintain this low crime
In the past few years, the Brentwood Police Department has
initiated a number of programs such as Park Smart to deter vehicle
break-ins and supported Neighborhood Watch groups with lines of
communication continually open.
“Our Crime Prevention Officers
conduct home and business security surveys and provide many other
resources designed to educate residents on crime prevention methods. We
work hard to identify those who choose to commit crimes in the city and
quickly bring them to justice. We closely monitor crime patterns and
deploy our available resources to address those problem areas,” Walsh
The safest-cities ranking was created by collecting raw
crime data from all 17,000 law enforcement agencies in America, then
using a database built from the ground up to assign crimes from each
agency to the city where it has law enforcement responsibility. These
can include municipal police, county sheriff, transit police, campus
police, public school police, park and port police and tribal police.
report is based on 2011 data, released in final, non-preliminary form
in November 2012 because 2012 data was not complete.
had 35 violent crimes and 357 property crimes, giving it a rating of 69.
Brentwood’s rating is 79. The safest rating score is 100, meaning
Spring Hill is safer than 69 percent of the cities in the U.S. and
Brentwood is safer than 79 percent.
For instance, the statewide
chances of becoming a victim of a violent crime in Tennessee is 1 in
164, compared to only 1 in 850 in Spring Hill.
“I think, initially, a lot of people were moving to Spring Hill to get away from the larger cities,” Brite said.
that we are starting to grow in population, we are doing what we can to
maintain that small-town environment because with growth does come
other problems, like traffic and road problems, and we are still facing a
lot of that.”