Maintaining a Safe Community

When compared to similar-sized communities throughout the country, Keene is a safe place to live. A safe community is one that consistently promotes safe and healthy behaviors that protect people from hurt and harm in all aspects of their lives. We want a safe community so that we can minimize the cost of medical care by reducing the number of injuries; to provide a source of community pride; to encourage families and people of all ages to move to the community; and to maintain Keene’s high quality of life.

Crimes committed in Keene tend to be nonviolent, such as theft or other property-related offenses. Though severe crimes are not prevalent in our community, during the public process, residents and enforcement officials did express the need and desire for additional law and code enforcement for the college community, given the high percentage of response calls attributed to that segment of the community.