Shelton has been ranked as the fifth safest community in Connecticut with a population over 10,000. The rankings were compiled by Movoto.com, a real estate brokerage site, and based on FBI crime statistics. Movoto said for potential homeowners, the public safety of a community is \u201cone of the most important factors when deciding where to live.\u201d The top three ranked towns in the state were much wealthier Fairfield County towns \u2014 Darien was first, Greenwich was second and Westport was third. Neighboring Trumbull was ranked fourth. \u201cAfter Darien and Greenwich, Shelton residents had the lowest odds of being the victim of a crime, with just a 1 in 88 chance,\u201d the Movoto website said of the Top Ten rankings. \u201cThis was mostly due to [Shelton\u2019s] impressively low 1,077 property crimes in 2012, including 82 vehicle thefts, 661 thefts, and 334 burglaries per 100,000 people,\u201d the website continued. After Shelton, the other towns in the Top Ten were Wallingford and Wethersfield (tied for sixth), Windsor Locks (eighth), North Haven (ninth), and Groton (10th). The state has 37 cities and towns with a population of more than 10,000, according to Movoto. Shelton\u2019s population is about 40,000. Looked at seven types of crimes The survey looked at seven types of crimes: murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. The crime rates were calculated by town per 100,000 people, in order to fairly compare both large and small places. The types of crime then were put in four categories \u2014 murders, violent crimes, property crimes, and total crimes. To compile the results, murders, violent crimes and property crimes accounted for 30% each of the score, and total crimes for 10%. In 2013, another website \u2014 NeighborhoodScout.com \u2014 said Shelton was one of the 100 safest communities in the United States with a population over 25,000. That website ranked Shelton as the 80th safest community in America and the fifth safest in Connecticut.