Saturday, August 3, 2013

Study: Boise Among America's Safest Cities

Posted By on Sat, Aug 3, 2013 at 12:00 PM

As neighborhoods throughout Boise prepare to promote safe communities by marking National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 6, the Boise Police Department is pointing to a new national report that says Boise is among America's safest cities.

Business Insider looked at the FBI's 2012 report on crime and found that Boise had a murder rate 90 percent below the national average and robbery 73 percent below average. The Boise Police Department added that the rate of rape was 60 percent below the national average.

Overall, Boise ranked No. 7 on the list of safest cities in the U.S., following Irvine, Calif.; Fremont, Calif.; Plano, Texas; Madison, Wisc.; Irving, Texas; and Scottsdale, Ariz. Rounding out the top 10 were Henderson, Nev.; Chandler, Ariz.; and Chula Vista, Calif.

"What's most important is that people feel safe in Boise," said Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson. "We do have crime that is an ongoing concern for us. And it's the more sensational crimes that make headline news. But especially for those of us who have experience living in other parts of the country, we appreciate very much the value this community places on its safety. It's a community that values safety and partnering with police that makes a difference."

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