SANTA MONICA – Santa Monica recently ranked among the least safe cities in California, according to a report by Safewise.
Safewise analyzed FBI crime statistics to compile its list, as well as reports from other states using data on the number of violent and property crimes reported by cities and towns to the FBI.
This was then calculated with crime rates per 1000 population in each municipal area.
According to the report, Santa Monica’s rate is 6 violent crimes and 42.6 property crimes per 1,000 residents.
This ranks the city #224 out of #230, just below San Francisco. In 2021, Santa Monica ranked 222nd.
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The only other California cities with a higher rate are Compton (#225), Richmond (#225), Stockton (#227), San Bernardino (#229), and Oakland (#230).
Other SoCal cities placed lower on the list due to property crime. These include Beverly Hills (#204), Culver City (#220), West Hollywood (#212), and Los Angeles (#200).
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The safest city in the state is Danville, an unincorporated area of Contra Costa County in Northern California. According to the report, Danville, which has a population of 47,000, averages 0.5 violent crimes and 5.3 property crimes per 1,000 residents.
“For the purposes of city ranking reports, the terms ‘dangerous’ and ‘safest’ explicitly refer to crime rates calculated from FBI crime data – no other characterization of a community is implied. or intentional.” and that “the ‘safest cities’ ranking is intended to highlight cities with low crime rates and spark conversation and action on how to make all cities and communities safer”, according to Safewise .
The report considers violent crimes like aggravated assault, murder, rape and robbery and property crimes like burglary, burglary and auto theft.
“The violent crime and property crime numbers were weighted equally. This means that a city with no reported violent crime could end up lower on the list due to a higher property crime rate. , and vice versa,” Safewise said.
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The average population of the 50 safest cities on this list in California is 77,162, however, nine of the safest cities have populations over 100,000 and three have populations over 200,000. of these cities is Santa Clarita which ranks 13th on the list.
Nearly half of these 50 safest cities reported no murders and the report says “there were fewer reports of every major property crime this year – except for vehicle thefts in engine, echoing the rise in domestic car thefts during the pandemic.”
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