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3/18/2019 - Fairfield Named a Top Safe Community in Connecticut

First Selectman Mike Tetreau and Police Chief Chris Lyddy are pleased to announce that the Town of Fairfield has been named a top safe community in Connecticut. SafeWise, an online safety resource that helps families and communities make informed decisions, recently issued its annual 20 Safest Communities in Connecticut Report for 2019 with Fairfield placing seventh.

Police Chief Chris Lyddy stated, “The safety and security of Fairfield remains our highest priority. Our effectiveness is directly related to the close partnerships we have forged with our residents, businesses, and community organizations.”

According to Safewise, the most up-to-date (2017) FBI crime report statistics and population data is used for this report. Safewise's methodology is based on the number of reported violent crimes in each community. If there was a tie, Safewise also factored in the number of property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft). To level the playing field, Safewise calculated the rate of crimes per 1,000 people in each community to make it easier to directly compare the likelihood of these crimes occurring in communities with vastly different populations.

According to the Report, some of the Key Findings include:

• 85% of this year’s safest communities are on the list for the second year (this includes Fairfield); and
• Connecticut’s crime rates are lower than the national averages, with 2.55 violent crime incidents per 1,000 people and 19.53 property crime incidents. Nationwide rates are 4.49 for violent crime and 27.11 for property crime; and
• Being robbed is the top violent crime worry, and safest city reporting supports that—only three cities had zero incidents, and the reports ranged from one to 25, with a total of 146 being reported among all cities, which makes it the second-most common violent crime after aggravated assault (166).

In addition to ranking the State’s safest towns, SafeWise also conducted a nationwide “State of Safety” survey to find out what people are actually worried about when it comes to safety. Key findings among Connecticut’s residents include: 16% of CT’s State of Safety respondents had a personal experience with digital security in the past year which is eight percentage points below the national average of 24% and having someone access sensitive information is the primary digital security fear, with 73% naming it their top concern. Those correlations and other useful findings were added to SafeWise’s report.

First Selectman Tetreau said, “We are very proud to receive this high honor. Keeping the public safe is our top priority. I would like to give a special thanks to our dedicated police, fire, and telecommunicators as well as the EMTs and volunteer residents who work tirelessly to protect and serve our community.”

For more information, please contact Krystal.Rogers@SafeWise.com.

The photo shows Police Chief Chris Lyddy, First Selectman Mike Tetreau, Captain Robert Kalamaras, Lieutenant Ed Greene and Detective Belinda Papageorge at Police Headquarters on Reef Road.

About SafeWise:
SafeWise is an online safety resource that helps families and communities make informed decisions. Its mission is to provide helpful reviews, insightful tips, comprehensive resources, and valuable safety information in one convenient place.


Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Hazardous Waste Collection Day: Saturday, August 28, 2021

9am - 2pm at Veteran's Park - 909 Reef Road

The Town of Fairfield hosts its  annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on a Saturday in late August at Veteran's Park to provide you with the opportunity to dispose of household hazardous waste at no charge. Just load up your car and your car will be emptied for you.  There's no need to get out of your vehicle.  See more details below.

For information on disposing of hazardous waste all other times of the year, please visit our Hazardous Waste webpage.

What is Collected

Please click here to view a list of what household materials are accepted and which ones are not.

If you have only antifreeze, motor oil or automotive batteries, you can take them directly to the Transfer Station.  

Traffic Pattern

There is a specific traffic pattern for the Collection Day.   There will be signage posted.  Police and volunteers will also be on site to direct traffic and answer questions. 

To access the site proceed as follows:

  • From Old Post Road or Oldfield Road turn onto Rowland Road
  • At the third stop sign turn right onto Edward Street
  • Proceed to drop off site at Veterans Park
  • Signage is posted and police and volunteers are on site to direct traffic and answer questions.

Transporting Tips

A few tips for transporting your hazardous waste to the collection site:

  • Don't mix hazardous wastes.  Keep waste in their original containers if possible.
  • Keep hazardous waste away from children and animals.
  • Don't smoke in the vehicle.
  • For safety reasons, there will be no walk-in drop-offs on Collection Day.

Why Participate?

Chemicals from around the home, workshop or garden shed may contain substances which are difficult to dispose of safely.  Your effort will help protect our Town's environment and our region's water supply.


The Town needs volunteers from 8:30 - 11:30 or 11:00 - 2:00 on Collection Day.  Volunteers will not be handling any hazardous waste.  If you would like to volunteer please contact the Solid Waste and Recycling Department.

More Information

For more information on Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day please contact the Solid Waste and Recycling Department.

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