Loudoun County has consistently ranked as the safest jurisdiction in the national capital region and its effects can be measured in peace of mind for our residents.
According to the most recent National Community Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau:
- 97% of Loudoun residents feel safe in their neighborhoods;
- 95% feeling comfortable in Loudoun’s downtown and commercial districts;
- 89% overall feeling of safety in Loudoun County.
This is an important metric, especially as Loudoun continues to be one of the fastest growing communities in the U.S., as it has for the last 25 years. Despite the average addition of more than 30 new residents each day, Loudoun remains a place where people are safe and feel safe.
FEMA Loves Loudoun County
Part of the reason Loudoun County feels safe is because of our lack of natural disasters. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Loudoun has the lowest risk score among all U.S. counties for disasters ranging from avalanches to volcanoes, hurricanes, blizzards, flooding and even heat waves.
The index considers three factors in that assessment, including expected damages if something did occur, the social and economic vulnerability of the people affected, and the community’s ability to plan and recover.
Not surprisingly, Loudoun also led the U.S. for the lowest social vulnerability, thanks to the economic opportunity that exists for county residents.
According to FEMA’s rankings, the most endangered counties in the U.S. were all major cities: Los Angeles County, Calif., followed by Bronx and New York, N.Y., and Miami-Dade, Fla.
Loudoun County Law Enforcement
Loudoun’s crime rate has drop 34% since 2012 and is currently less than half of its neighboring jurisdictions. All crime prevention efforts combined for 85% of Loudoun residents to feel good or excellent about the crime prevention in the county.
Part of the feeling of safety in Loudoun is also the community’s relationship with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department (which 87% of Loudoun residents marked as having good or excellent service) and town police forces.
Since the start of 2020, the relationship between communities and their law enforcement has been tested and scrutinized across the country. At a time when media coverage focused on negative relationships, positive stories were happening in Loudoun.
While the identifying information was removed to protect privacy, one Loudoun resident had an unusual request for a Loudoun County Sheriff’s deputy on April 1, 2020, several weeks into the COVID-19 pandemic. This is their story (edited for length and clarity):
“I was, this afternoon, thinking outside the box when I called the Loudoun County Sherriff’s Office non-emergency number to request assistance watching my child while I went and shopped for food for us,” the letter reads. “I was pushed, wondering how am I going to do my grocery shopping and we were out of food and I did not think it was safe for my young son to go into the grocery store.
“My son is 6 years old and has asthma. His pulmonologist has warned me not to have my son out in public areas, crowded or not. Even with a mask that was given by a nurse for my son, I still did not feel comfortable with my son going into the grocery store with me, so I asked a question that the Loudoun County Sherriff’s non-emergency office had never heard: ‘I need help. It’s not an emergency, but it’s urgent: can I have an officer please watch my son in my car, and the officer in his car, next to my car?’
“The officer who answered paused, let out a sound between a chuckle and a hmmm, asked some questions: age of my son, which grocery store, etc.
“My husband is away, stuck in Europe due to the pandemic, with no family here. I did not know which of the few friends I keep, to trust, or who may be exposed to the virus. Lo and behold, the officer who answered the phone said an officer would call me back in a few minutes.
“Officer Leydig met me at the grocery store parking lot and introduced himself, with no contact. My son was comfortable, had his tablet and remained in my car while the officer watched him, and I did my needed food shopping.”
“I came home and cried that I had gotten my groceries done while keeping my son safe, and thinking about the kind act of community service that the Loudoun County Sherriff’s Office provided.”
Having the best of all worlds in Loudoun County means something different for each person who lives, works, learns and plays here, but there are certain universal truths. Everyone deserves to be safe and feel safe in their community, two things that are always #LoudounPossible.
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