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Old 08-03-2008, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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Which towns in Vermont have the lowest crime rates?

Let me take this a step further: Which towns have the best balance of cosmopolitanism, diversity and things to do on the one hand, and low levels of crime and drug issues on the other?

Somehow, I think crime and drugs are more of an issue in more cosmopolitan towns, but I could be wrong about this. I certainly hope I am wrong.
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Old 08-03-2008, 10:49 PM
 
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The entire state has a very low crime rate.

Cosmopolitan is relative to who's evaluating it but Burlington and Brattleboro are probably the hippest places to live
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Old 08-04-2008, 02:43 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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What you mean by "hippest"?

What about Middlebury and Montpelier?

What about the Upper Valley?
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Old 08-04-2008, 05:21 AM
 
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Upper Valley is nice but there aren't any 'proper' towns IMO. With the exception of Hanover and maybe Norwich. Both expensive. Crime is low, but perhaps a bit more than folks realize, mostly petty stuff. An individuals chances of being a victim might be higher due to the small population, but for the most part I wouldn't worry about it. One experience isn't enough to draw a conclusion from but I find it ironic that we had a car broken into here(once in 3 years) and never had a car broken into in 5 years in Boston.
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Old 08-04-2008, 05:45 AM
 
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Things to do is a relative term, isn't it? To me, things to do means wandering around the woods, outdoor stuff, shooting guns off my porch.

Cosmopolitan? Again, I think that is where you look for it. Lot's of people, even out in the country, are well educated, and well traveled. Don't be fooled by the surroundings.

Diversity? What does that mean? What are you looking for. Vermont is a pretty homogeneous place. That's one reason the crime rate is low.
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Old 08-04-2008, 05:47 AM
 
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Upper Valley is nice but there aren't any 'proper' towns IMO. With the exception of Hanover and maybe Norwich.
Woodstock, and if you want a smaller town with a lot of students, South Royalton.
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Old 08-08-2008, 08:54 PM
 
Location: hinesburg, vt
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You can can research Vt town crime stats (reported that is) at the Vt Dept of Public Safety website. There is a link to be able to check each town individually and the stats go year by year and break down the numerous offenses.
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Old 08-09-2008, 09:04 AM
 
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Crime stats are notoriously unreliable,some places report everything -some don't.
I've been told by that the ski towns under state a lot in general.
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Old 08-09-2008, 06:44 PM
 
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What you mean by "hippest"?

What about Middlebury and Montpelier?

What about the Upper Valley?
Middlebury has a nice diversity of people. Quiant college town. I have friends that live in Woodstock. They like it.
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Old 08-10-2008, 05:05 PM
 
Location: hinesburg, vt
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Crime stats are notoriously unreliable,some places report everything -some don't.
I've been told by that the ski towns under state a lot in general.
Very true! I worked in the LE/Justice field over twenty years and not only is it true that a significant amount of offenses go unreported by victims and potential complainants, but jurisdictions also are very creative in skewing numbers. However, most Vermont towns do in fact have very low numbers of criminal incidents which would affect a potential newcomer or existing resident (e.g. robbery, burglary, assault). The majority of violent crimes here occur between parties that are known to each other, so it boils down to the company you keep. It was also pretty much that way when I was working in the city, just there compared to here you needed to maintain an increased safety awareness in public places. The bottom line is that no place is absolutely safe and it is a smart attitude to maintain alert and not to convey a demeanor that would identify yourself as an easy mark or victim. The majority of random criminals are opportunists and select their targets based upon apparent weakness or ease. Common sense goes a long way and if something or someone does not seem right trust your instincts.
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