HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – Danbury, with its population of 80,000, is again proudly sporting the banner as the safest city in Connecticut.
That’s according to a survey by CQ Press.
It’s Mayor Mark Boughton who has shepherded the city through this during his six terms as chief executive.
The mayor has a formula for keeping the city’s crime rate low.
“Well, one of the keys to having a low crime rate is having economic opportunity. So we work very hard everyday at increasing the economic opportunity for our residents by recruiting businesses that come to Danbury,” he told WCBS 888 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.
The mayor said that when people are employed, they’re kept busy and essentially out of trouble.
“Our feeling is that if our low employment rate is there, that we’ll have a low crime rate to go with it,” he said.
Mayor Boughton said Danbury is an affordable place to live.
The emphasis, he said, is on good schools. He said closing the achievement gap has proved to be key in raising test scores.
He also pointed with pride to 12 years with a balanced city budget, even a surplus this year.