MAYSVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Town of Maysville ranks as the second safest town in North Carolina with an average of .05 offenses a day in 2014, according to a recent consumer affairs report.
“That’s awesome, we love Maysville,” said Wendy and Mike Speight, residents of Maysville.
According to a newly released consumer affairs report, when compared to the other 239 municipalities within the state, the town ranked second, averaging point zero five offenses per day in 2014.
Maysville’s Police Chief Carl Baugus says while the town doesn’t have large resources, .they have something else – personal connection to their citizens.
“When i first started here no one would even come and talk to us, now they’re coming to our back doors and walking in, sitting down, having conversation,” said Baugus.
The staff consists of three full-time officers, one part-time and two reserve officers. Chief Baugus says the station’s goal is clear, “to build a relationship between ourselves and the community.”
To help the goal be successful, officers have incorporated community oriented policing, or the COPS program.
“We go to individual houses, just pick a random house, show up and sit down and talk with the individual, seeing what we’re doing or what we can do or what they don’t like that we’re doing and we analyze that.”
He says officers with the police department will also regularly knock on businesses doors, visit schools at least once a week and attend all community events.
“We do see more policing, they ride by our house pretty often and just policing the streets,” said the Speights.
Interim Town Manager, James Harper, says safety records show Maysville could be a leading example for other towns to follow.
“Other townships will try to immolate what the town of Maysville is doing and perhaps some citizens that live in other places will decide that they might want to move to the town of Maysville concerning our safety records,” said Harper.
Like any town, Maysville isn’t without crime. According to Baugus, in 2014, the town had three violent crimes, one aggravated assault and a handful of property crimes or larcenies.
Other eastern North Carolina communities that ranked in the safest towns included Bogue Banks right behind Maysville in the number three spot and Richlands and Cape Carteret helped round out the top 20.
Of the 240 muncipalities on the safest cities list, Charlotte ranked 240 as the most violent city followed by Winston-Salem and Durham.
Greenville ranked 231 out of 240 on the list.
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