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Ballwin Named the 9th Safest City in America

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Ballwin Police
Ballwin police chief Steven Schicker.
Ballwin is the ninth safest city in America, according to a new ranking based FBI crime data by real estate website Neighborhood Scout.

For the second year in a row, Ballwin is the only Missouri city on the list. The ranking has a special significance for the police department, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

"Our police department has always prided itself on its ability to keep crime stats low, to work well with the community and to do it in a professional manner," says Sergeant Jim Heldmann, the department's spokesman. "It's kind of special to us that this comes in on our 50th year."

See also: Police: Ballwin McDonald's Employee Chases Customer Who Stole Phone Battery, Hit By Car

Neighborhood Scout's ranking is based on crime rates derived from FBI data on violent and property crimes for cities with more than 25,000 residents.

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Ballwin: America's 9th safest city.
Ballwin has a violent and property crime rate of only 8 per 1,000 residents, according to the report. That means the city's crime rate is lower than 86 percent of the rest of Missouri and is also lower than other cities its size.

Chances of being a victim of violent crime in Ballwin is 1 in 1,692, compared to a rate of 1 in 222 in the rest of Missouri, according to Neighborhood Scout.

Ballwin made a big jump to the No. 9 spot from No. 47 last year, even though Heldmann says there's been no big drop in the crime numbers.

One thing that sets Ballwin apart is its dispatch center. Eighty percent of the county uses Central County 911 to connect callers with emergency services, but Ballwin runs its dispatch in-house.

"With our own dispatchers, our officers are able to get more personalized service," Heldmann says. "We're able to get more information on route to calls or at a call. I think that makes us much more efficient."

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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Jeffrey Nunn
Jeffrey Nunn

While I'm sure that average home prices in Ballwin are much higher than that of the city, (much like the city) the spread is all over the map. A quick search of Realtor.com turned up 32 single family homes in Ballwin currently for sale under $150,000. The same search in the Tower Grove South area of the city turned up only 27. Granted an area like TGS is much smaller, but I think you get the point. A two income family making around median could afford to live out there if they really wanted to.

Zack Snackpack
Zack Snackpack

I think everyone is confusing Ballwin with Chesterfield. Also, condemning someone for living in the county is becoming obnoxiously trite.

Tammy Pendino
Tammy Pendino

Give me diversity, culture, art, deep history; give me ST. LOUIS!!

Suzette Eich
Suzette Eich

First off Baldwin is old money! Old! Everyone is moveing west to OFallon & Dardene,Mo. Someone need's educated more!

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

Ballwin/OFallon/Ellisville routinely rank at the top of these crime or quality of life lists.

Ryan Sevener
Ryan Sevener

So the upper middle class Ballwin white thugs aren't dangerous?

Nikki Fields
Nikki Fields

Too bad Ballwin sucks in every single other aspect.

Chris Davis
Chris Davis

I've lived in Ballwin my entire life. It's great. Certainly not elitist, nor racist, or just fill of people so rich nobody could live here. Great, abundant police. And some of the best schools in the state. Could definitely use more culture, better restaurants and such, but it's nothing like some of the people on here are making it. It's great.

Kriston Mahr
Kriston Mahr

And the median income is pretty failsafe too. Put them in the city so they can chase after every little offense, get tired out, and see why city cops don't bother you unless you are really dangerous.

APS221
APS221

Ballwin does not have a municipal fire department. Instead, the city is served by the Metro West Fire Protection District. Central County 911, which only dispatches for municipal fire departments and fire protection districts, dispatches for the Metro West Fire Protection District. Central County 911 does not dispatch for any police departments or law enforcement agencies.


Christopher Schmidt
Christopher Schmidt

And it's full of too many dogs, literally surrounded in my neighborhood by barking pets with crap owners, so glad for loud Eminem, Marilyn Manson, and Rammstein, drowns out even the noisiest of barkers.

Rhonda Whelan
Rhonda Whelan

If their police department is so great, why not get them to train the other police departments on their secrets and tricks of the trade? Why? Because there is no crime in these rich, elite, neighborhoods. They are far enough removed from the City and so called unsavory areas to have any crime out there. Your average person could never afford to live out there either.

Jeff Siler
Jeff Siler

White people! Am i right, or am I right???

Travis Runyan
Travis Runyan

I attribute this to the fact that no one other than those who live there wants to try to drive down Manchester Rd.

Chris Bergh
Chris Bergh

At least... Right... And of course lets ignore it comes at the price of segregation, racism, white flight, and economic inequality! Yay for being able to escape to a place you can bury your head in the sand. I'm sure Ballwin's inspiring example will totally improve the plight of the rest of us...

Matt Madden
Matt Madden

Not surprised. The cops will harass you even if you're a college kid hanging out in front of your own house too late

Wump
Wump

"but ballwin is part of st louis" - county idiot

carey529
carey529

as far as I know, Ballwin is not a segregated city...

btw, the city of Ballwin has ZERO responsibility in helping your plight...that, my angst-filled friend, is SOLEY up to you...

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