Town of Oconomowoc named safest city in WI

Posted at 9:38 PM, Apr 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-19 00:29:33-04

The Town of Oconomowoc is known for its quiet location in lake country. So, it's really no surprise to those who live here that the town hasn't seen a violent crime in more than a year.

"There's not really big things that happen here," says Robert O'Shea, a local resident. 

One couple who has been in the area for 40 years says they do have one complaint.

"They toilet paper trees for Homecoming. That was not very nice," says Rose Hoisington.

Every year puts out its list of safest places to live.  It's based on crime numbers reported to the FBI by local municipalities. For the second year in a row, the Town of Oconomowoc has earned the top spot in Wisconsin. However, the police chief says the town still has some crime. The town has just hit a few good years, with low numbers. 

"We deal with everything everyone else does just at a lesser amount," says Chief James Wallis with the Town of Oconomowoc's Police Department. 

Right now, his focus is keeping the town's 8,600 people working together, and patrolling the streets.

"My biggest concern is drunk driving," says Chief  Wallis. "That is our most serious crime right now."

Residents say small town values do make a difference.

"People watch out for each other. You got people who take care of each other," says Rob Weigman, another town resident. 

That means residents usually leave cars and doors to homes open.

"We don't usually lock the doors," says O'Shea.

And with only 22 crimes last year, people say they have no reason to change.

"A lot of really unbelievably good people around here," says Weigman. "I love the place," he added.

The second safest city on the list is another southeast Wisconsin city, the Town of Mukwonago. It is the second year being ranked as number two safest.