Crime, real and perceived, is a top concern for Onondaga County residents. Crime affects not only the victims but also the perception of how secure area residents and businesses believe they are. The amount and type of crime prevalent in a community is a concern for potential homebuyers and business owners. It is vitally important that an accurate picture of public safety is available to the community.
By monitoring public safety indicators, the community can track areas that need improvement. Community organizations like Neighborhood Watch are provided with up-to-date information. Relevant data on crime can aid policymakers’ decisions and dispel misconceptions throughout the community.