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Daly City is Fifth Safest City in Nation

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- Daly City is the fifth safest city in the nation, according to a newly released FBI report and Census Bureau figures. Among major municipalities with a population over 100,000, San Mateo County's largest city joins eight other California cities in the Top 10 ranking.

The federal Department of Justice report, released earlier this month, was compiled from year 2000 crime statistics of large cities nationwide. The safe-city rankings are based on the ratio of city population to crime reported in seven categories - murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny theft, and auto theft.

Daly City experienced a decrease of about 400 crimes in 2000, compared to the previous 2,534 felonies in 1999. Specifically, the number of homicides, car thefts, larceny and burglary decreased, while slight increases were reported in aggravated assaults, forcible rapes, and robbery.

"Our great showing in this annual national ranking is another validation of what a safe place Daly City is to work, to live in, and to raise a family," Mayor Carol Klatt commented. "It is an achievement we proudly share with our residents, and it is a wonderful way to tell others about Daly City."

"The report is quite encouraging," remarked Chief of Police Gary McLane. "It gives us the impetus to continue engaging our citizens and neighborhood groups in our public safety and crime prevention programs."

"Our commitment to solve each crime continues. We will be equally pro-active in our vigilance to combat and prevent crime," he added.

Two other Bay Area cities, Sunnyvale and San Jose, were rated number four and number ten, respectively. Six Orange County cities dominated the annual ranking, with Simi Valley topping the list, followed by Thousand Oaks, Santa Clarita (#3), Irvine (#7) Huntington Beach (#8) and Glendale (#9). Amherst Town, a college community in New York, ranked sixth.

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