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Farmersville and Exeter rank 75, 95 respectively among the top 100 safest cities in Calif.

Farmersville and Exeter rank 75, 95 respectively among the top 100 safest cities in Calif.

By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN

CALIFORNIA – More and more homebuyers are not just looking for the typical white picket fence and good school districts when deciding where to lay down roots. Now they are looking at crime statistics and whether their home stands a chance to be burglarized.

Late last month the National Council for Home Safety and Security (NCHSS) released a study indicating the safest cities in California and the United States using FBI Uniform Crime Reporting data. According to their study, Farmersville and Exeter fall in the top 100 safest cities in the state.

Alarms.org noted they compute the total number of crimes reported by each city by adding violent crimes and property crimes. They then rated them using the population of the city and created a crime rate as the number of crimes per 1,000 population.

As a whole California is slightly above the national average when it comes to violent crime levels with 3.77 crimes per 1,000 against a national average of 3.47. On the other hand, the state has a relatively low property crime rate. Compared to national averages, property crime levels are at 26.14 per 1,000 resident with the national average being 40.43.

Based on violent crime and property crimes, Farmersville was ranked 75 while Exeter was ranked 95. Using the latest available data from 2017, Alarms.org, the home security nonprofit that correlated the data based their ranking on violent crimes and property crimes. In all, they took statistics from 7,630 cities in California with populations ranging from 10,000 to 4 million. However, they eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

Farmersville had 34 violent crimes in 2017 making their violent crime rate 3.16 percent. Meanwhile the city’s property crime rate was almost 16 percent with 172 property crimes committed. Exeter’s property crime rate was slightly lower with only 24 violent crimes committed, but 239 property crimes committed. Exeter’s violence crime rate was 2.8 percent with a property crime rate of 22.7 percent.

Other cities in Tulare County fell just outside the top 100. Lindsay had a crime rate of 3.3 percent with 45 violent crimes committed in 2017. Their property crime rate was slightly lower than Exeter’s at 20.2 percent and 273 property crimes committed. Tulare ranked 152 with 254 violent crimes committed creating a 4 percent violent crime rate. The city’s property crimes reached just over 1,700 amount to a 27 percent property rate.

In 2017 Porterville reported 247 violent crimes and 1,35 property crimes, giving them a 4.2 percent violent crime rate and 26 percent property crime rate. Their crime rates left them ranked at 186. Visalia had the worst ranking among Tulare County cities at 212. According to Alarms.org Visalia had 457 violent crimes reported and a 3.5 percent violent crimes rate. While the city’s violent crime rate is lower than the state’s average it still is higher than the national average at 3.4 percent. Recorded property crimes in Visalia was 4,396 based on 2017 data giving the city a 33.3 property crime rate.

About the National Council for Home Safety and Security

The National Council for Home Safety and Security (NCHSS) is a national trade association comprised of companies in the security sector, including licensed alarm installers, contractors, and other relevant trade groups across the United States. Through Alarms.org (the NCHSS’s official site), consumers can find essential home safety and security guides, as well as related research, articles, and reports. Learn more at Alarms.org.

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