Greer was recently named one of the top 10 safest places to live in South Carolina, according to a recent report shared by the Greenville News.
Greer was one of four cities in Greenville County that were ranked among the top 20 “Safest Cities in South Carolina” by the National Council for Home Safety and Security, a home security trade association.
The list ranked 34 South Carolina cities and rated them based on the number of reported violent crimes and property crimes per 1,000 people. Violent crimes were weighted more heavily in the scoring.
Greer made the list coming in at No. 10, coming in second behind Mauldin, which was ranked No. 5.
“The Greer Police Department adheres to the philosophy that policing is a partnership,” Police Chief Matt Hamby told The Greenville News. “Having a well-trained and dedicated police force along with a well-informed and vigilant community is an ideal partnership in the fight against crime.”
He added, “We are very proud to be ranked as the second safest city in the Upstate, and will continue to work with our many partners to ensure that Greer is a safe place to live, work and play.”
In addition to the safety of our Greer community as a whole, our own community in O’Neal Village was designed specifically for safety and sustainability.
Built using the Traditional Neighborhood Design (TND), O’Neal Village provides a safe environment for children to explore and play, with plenty of sidewalks, public spaces and recreation opportunities. Overall, the TND neighborhoods have been shown to increase safety and provide ideal traffic patterns for emergency response vehicles.
Offering walkability, convenience and a higher quality of life, mixed-use communities like O’Neal Village are known for having a lower crime rate compared to other areas. In fact, a new study found that commercial-only areas have a 45 percent higher crime rate compared to similar blocks like O’Neal Village that include residences.
Additionally, our O’Neal Village community fosters a healthy, collaborative environment among residents. Older neighbors who stay home during the day help keep an eye on the neighborhood and platforms such as NextDoor and Facebook allow our residents to receive real-time updates on what’s happening around the community.
We are proud to live in one of the safest communities in the state — and are confident that as long as we continue to communicate and help one another, we will top this list for many years to come.