By Rachel Bidock
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter
ST. JOHNS — According to the St.Johns Police Department Annual Report, St. Johns crime rate is at one of the lowest rates it has been in eight years, with a combined 198 index and non-index crimes. Index and non-index crimes are defined in the report as either serious crimes such as murder, criminal sexual conduct and robbery or other crimes such as simple assault, bad checks, and forgery. St.
By DeVinnia Moore
Living in The Ledge staff reporter
Ever wondered if you could trust the police and your neighbors to keep your community safe? Well if you live in Grand Ledge you’re in luck! “I feel safe knowing I can do my morning jog before the sun rises,” said John Clark, resident of Grand Ledge. Clark moved from East Lansing to Grand Ledge in 2010. He has yet to experienced any break-ins, thief or violent crimes in his five years of residency.
In a township full of working professionals, higher-priced housing and a devoted police force, Meridian Township resident Kathy Harrison said that the issue of safety is never a concern in her community. Harrison and her family have been living in the township for 21 years and have never faced a major problem with safety. “People appreciate living in Meridian Township because it’s a safe place,” Meridian Township Police Chief David Hall said. “It’s a nice community and has a lot of things going on, like a great park system, great shopping, great places to eat and it’s close by all the action. It’s close by Lansing and Michigan State University and I think that’s a draw for people.”
Harrison said she feels so comfortable in the township that she allows her 13-year-old son, Noel, to bike to friends’ houses and walk home from school every day.
GRAND LEDGE – Grand Ledge crime rates remain consistently low with a possible spike in property crimes and thefts in Spring 2014, according to police and fire officials.
Small town setting
The types and amount of crimes committed in Grand Ledge differ greatly from crimes that occur in surrounding cities. According to Grand Ledge Police Department officials, the crime rate in Grand Ledge remains fairly consistent. “I think it’s fair to say that our crime rate has stayed the same for the last 5 years,” said Martin Underhill, Police Chief at the Grand Ledge Police Department. Matt Stalding, on-duty officer at the Grand Ledge Fire Department, explained that the low crime rate is attributable to the small town setting.