On a list of the 30 safest college towns in the U.S., Grand Rapids was named third safest by security company SafeWise.
The report said Grand Rapids is “one of the country’s best places to raise a family and a top spot for fun and recreation.”
Additionally, the report mentioned Grand Rapids Community College as one of the city’s promoters of safety.
“On campus at area colleges like Grand Rapids Community College, campus police provide a number of services including personal escorts, disabled vehicle assistance, and emergency call boxes,” the report said.
GRCC Police Chief Rebecca Whitman said GRCC invested in a police department so that the college could provide the highest level of security and safety possible.
“GRCC works very hard to make sure that our students and our visitors feel very comfortable on our campus,” Whitman said. “I believe that our campus is a very safe campus and certainly we’re happy that others were able to recognize that based on crime data.”
Whitman said the campus police work in conjunction and share information with campus safety departments across West Michigan.
The report, released on Sept. 7, used the most recent FBI crime data from 2014 to order these cities. All cities listed have a minimum population of 10,000 people. Grand Rapids was listed behind cities Winona, Minnesota and Charleston, Illinois.
SafeWise.com is an online source for “home security and safety advice.”