Irvine continues on its path to being America’s safest city with more than 100,000 residents. The city usually tops the FBI lists for safety and Irvine garnered top marks from CQ Press which compiles crime and city statistics.
From the story in the Register: ”
The rankings take into account murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft as reported to the FBI, and cities are assigned a weighted score.
However, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies warn against using crime rankings because they do not take into account factors such as population density and composition, climate, and economic conditions that affect crime levels.
Irvine’s overall score increased by almost 7 points this year, bumping it up from the 10th to the sixth safest city with any population.
Lieutenant Julia Engen, spokeswoman for the Irvine Police Department, said Irvine takes a different approach to policing the city by making use of volunteer and community involvement. The city is also divided into separate geographic areas for more specialized policing, she said.
What officer Engen didn’t say that I will is that Irvine police are amazingly responsive. They take every call seriously and work on a number of measures with a goal of preventing crime. The city doens’t skimp on things like street lights, well lit parks that are patrolled, and working closely with neighborhood HOAs to resolve problems quickly.
Irvine’s strong school system and strong local economy also contribute to the low crime rates.