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Marysville named among Ohio's safest cities

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Local residents have some bragging rights after a new report put Marysville on the list of Ohio's 50 safest cities.

SafeWise, a Utah-based home security company, said Marys-ville's crime rates are below the national average for a city of its size and ranked it No. 29 among the "50 Safest Cities in Ohio."

Marysville Police Chief Floyd Golden said the city was one of just seven central Ohio communities to make the list.

"I think that really says something," Golden said. "I think that's one of the reasons that makes Marysville such a good place to live and work."

Other local list-makers included: Madison Township (Franklin County), No. 11; Dublin, No. 12; Upper Arlington, No. 14; Pickerington, No. 20; Gahanna, No. 44; and Hilliard, No. 50.

Golden said Marysville has some thefts and drug issues but little to no violent crime.

"Even when we have violent crime, often we solve them in a relatively short period of time," he said.

For that, he credits a good working relationship between the police department, the community and the Union County Sheriff's Office.

The Marysville police force consists of 32 officers, including one sworn in Monday, Jan. 13. Golden said the department has one more opening he will try to fill later this year.

The chief cited several initiatives aimed at helping to keep Marysville safe.

A detective began the Marys-ville Apartment Managers Association two years ago in an effort to empower apartment managers to report potential criminal behavior.

"Every quarter, we have meetings and discuss crime trends. Oftentimes they'll contact us and give us information if there's something going on in their area. Other times we'll contact them if we know of something going on in other areas," Golden said.

The Mill Valley subdivision, the city's largest, has a neighborhood watch in place.

"They are very active. I often send them crime statistics or information to put on their Facebook page," Golden said.

While parks in some cities become a place for people to loiter and get into trouble, Golden said that's not the case in Marysville.

"We don't have a great deal of issues in our parks. Our officers regularly patrol them, and they close at dark. We do have some cameras in Eljer Park," he said.

Golden said those cameras are among more than 80 that are in use and monitored by the dispatching center.

City Administrator Terry Emery said using cameras to prevent criminal activity is an effort that may grow in the future.

"As technology improves, you'll probably see the city incorporate cameras within our parks and monitor some of our busier areas," Emery said.

Despite the recognition as a safe city, Golden said residents should always be vigilant.

"Criminals travel through here just like anyplace else. Often, these crimes are crimes of opportunity," he said.

Last year, Golden said, police received more than 500 calls for reports of suspicious people and more than 600 for suspicious vehicles.

"Neighbors watching neighbors; each of our neighbors are our own first line of defense. You would be aware if there was a different car parked in front of your house more than an officer driving through," he said. "If circumstances just don't seem right, give us a call and we'll come and check on it."

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