Crime map

This is a map with some crime statistics in Phoenix for 2010. Statistics for 2011 have not been compiled and officially released yet but are expected to come out near the end of February.

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Everyone can sleep a little better tonight - you live in the seventh safest city in the nation.

That's according to a study done by They looked at the crime rate, according to the FBI's Uniform Crime Statistics; likelihood of a natural disaster and driving safety and mashed it all together to choose its top 10.

Also named in the report was Tucson, coming in as the third safest city, and Mesa, which was named the safest.

According to the report, the only thing holding Phoenix back from ranking higher was the crime rate.

"Crime was definitely lower than other large cities but in comparison to other smaller cities in the top 10 they had more favorable crime rates," said Joel Ohlman, founder of "Phoenix kind of made up the difference with driving safety and a lower chance of a natural disaster."

Still, the outcome is good news for Phoenix. Phoenix is the sixth largest city in the nation and no larger city made the top 10.

Sgt. Trent Crump of the Phoenix Police Department said in 2010 Phoenix had its lowest violent crime rate in years and that they plan to keep programs going to help keep crime down.

"We know that we're in a safe environment geographically and then the question becomes, how do we continue to keep people safe here when it comes to crime," Crump said. "We've had a lot of different programs, but we still give the success to the community. We are a community-based policing organization. We put a lot of our resources into neighborhood enforcement teams and community action officers in the precincts. We have kept as many dedicated first responders on the street as we can, working under the theory that we would rather prevent the crime than have to try to solve one. Taking that on, and different things like crime mapping and block watch programs, I think all of those have led us to be one of the safest, largest cities."

While Tucson and Mesa may have been deemed "safer" by the report, though it did mention Tucson has a higher crime rate than Phoenix, Crump pointed out that Phoenix has much more entertainment than the other cities that made the top 10.

"There are still many, many more reasons you would want to live here versus there," Crump said. "The beautiful mountains, the golf courses, the entertainment, the downtown district, Diamondbacks and Phoenix Suns. We would encourage anyone in other cities to come into Phoenix to spend their tax dollars."

Crump added that recently they've seen a slight rise in home burglaries, so that's something different precincts within the department are crime mapping and studying trends in to address the problem in an efficient way.

Rob Robinson, president of Ahwatukee Board of Management, said he's not at all surprised by the report.

"Phoenix PD takes a proactive rather than a reactive approach to crime statistics," Robinson said. "We have a close alliance with our substation and we collaborate with them constantly. They do a good job of working with us."

City Councilman Sal DiCiccio said in his relationship with Phoenix Police Department he hasn't seen any heroic rise in effort that has made Phoenix safer in the past few years, but a constant dedication to safety.

"There hasn't been anything new," DiCiccio said. "What you've seen is just a continuation of policies that have kept the city of Phoenix safe. It's not something that occurred overnight, it has been a sustained effort day after day to make it work."

Other cities named in the report include Anaheim, Calif., at No. 10; Aurora, Colo., at No. 9; El Paso, Texas, at No. 8; Henderson, Nev., at No. 6; Fort Wayne, Ind., at No. 5; St. Paul, Minn., at No. 4; and Colorado Springs, Colo., at No 2.

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