Daly City - 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
"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