Windsor determined the safest city in Colorado for 2016 by backgroundchecks.org
April 13, 2016
List of safest cities in Colorado
#4 Lone Tree
#6 Castle Rock
#7 Fort Morgan
#14 Greenwood Village
#24 Fort Collins
Windsor’s crime stats by year
Total calls for service 6,112
Calls for service (criminal) 3,486
Calls for service (non-criminal) 2,626
Parking tickets 296
Misdemeanor complaints cleared by arrest 214
Felony complaints cleared by arrest 71
Armed robbery 0
Underage possession of marijuana 33
Total calls for service 6,973
Calls for service (criminal) 3,651
Calls for service (non-criminal) 3,222
Parking tickets 437
Misdemeanor complaints cleared by arrest 286
Felony complaints cleared by arrest 83
Armed robbery 2
Underage possession of marijuana 40
Windsor has been determined the safest city to live in Colorado in 2016, according to Backgroundchecks.org.
The list was compiled based on FBI violent crime statistics and propriety backgroundchecks.org research data, the website said. Rates are per 100,000 residents with the state average is 309 for violent crime and 2,530 for property crime, according to the site.
Windsor has a violent crime rate of 10.3, the site said, with a 1.1 percent chance of being affected by property crime.
"The people here make Windsor different," said Police Chief John Michaels. "We've got an awful lot of good people living in this town."
The Windsor police department is comprised of 24 officers, Michaels said. Michaels expects each officer to be involved and invested in the community when on patrol.
"We spend a lot of time interacting with the community," Michaels said. "I look at the community as a partner — it's a community effort when dealing with crime."
When Michaels began the job over 32 years ago, there were six officers, Michaels said.
"We've been growing with the population," Michaels said. The call load, he said, inevitably increases with the population.
The biggest difficulty for Windsor police is the square mileage of the town, Michaels said. Since response time is a critical part of the job, it's important to divide up the town and strategize.
From 2014 to 2015, crime has gone up.
As the population continues to grow, Windsor police plan to stay connected to and visible within the community. This means actions like monitoring traffic, walking the parks and dropping in to say hello to business owners.
"We want high visibility, we want to be involved and we want to establish relationships," Michaels said.
Michaels is set to retire mid-July, but he anticipates the patrol will continue to grow to meet the needs of the town.
Jeanette Meyer with RE/MAX Alliance thinks people can instantly feel the difference in Windsor. She rarely has clients who know every statistic, but they feel safe in the town right away.
"People go by how they feel," Meyer said. "The first thing people want is to feel safe in their home."
Thanks to the work of the Windsor Police Department and the community as a whole, people do feel safe.
"Windsor is a gem in northern Colorado," Meyer said.