FARMERSVILLE – The small city of Farmersville may have its challenges when it comes to tax revenue, but residents can sleep easy knowing they are among the safest cities in California.
On Feb. 5, the National Council for Home Safety and Security announced that Farmersville ranked 81 on the list of state’s safest cities with just 30 violent crimes and 169 property crimes in 2017. Cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 1,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes assigned a value 1.5 times (due to their severity) that of property crimes.
Crime is at a 10-year low in Farmersville for violent crimes. The violent crime rate of 2.77 per 1,000 people is lower than the previous 10-year low of 3.13 in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics. The property crime rate of 15.63 per 1,000 people is the lowest since 2014 when the rate was 15.34 per 1,000 people. Both of the 2017 rates are about 40% lower than the state average of 4.44 violent crimes per 1,000 and 26.45 property crimes per 1,000.
California, the most heavily populated state in the nation as well as the third largest by area, lands in the upper 25% of states in violent crime and dead in the middle of the pack in property crime.
The Golden State not only has a spectacular variety of ecosystems and geographical features, but a great diversity in communities, as well. You can find every type in California, from high crime urban landscapes, to secluded affluent beach communities, dusty small towns, and ordinary middle class suburbs. The State’s town-by-town crime data reflects this diversity; along with some of the more risky neighborhoods in the U.S. you will also find some of the safest.
The small desert town of Imperial is the safest community in California, reporting a mere 7 violent crimes and 73 property crimes in 2016. At No. 2 comes Rancho Santa Margarita, a mid-sized planned community in Orange County. Along with boasting the longest name of all the cities in California, Rancho Santa Margarita has an impressive violent crime rate of just under 1 per 1,000 and a property crime rate of about 5 per 1,000. The third safest town in California, Danville, is located way up in Northern California, proving that the state’s safe havens are scattered all about.
Farmersville was the only Tulare County city to make the list compiled by the National Council for Home Safety and Security. The organization eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.
The National Council for Home Safety and Security is a trade association comprised of home security professionals across the United States. The council advocates for safe communities and home safety with a strong focus on community involvement.
For more information: www.alarms.org/safest-cities-in-california-2018.