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City of Garden Grove ranked 99th on list of nation’s 100 safest cities

November 25, 2009

From the Orange County RegisterGarden Grove and Westminster made it to the list of the safest cities in the country, according to a 2009 annual report issued today.

Garden Grove placed ranked 99 while Westminster was number 86 on the list. The other Orange County cities that were included in this report are Mission Viejo (3), Irvine (4), Lake Forest (10), Newport Beach (28), Orange (33) and Huntington Beach (44). The report only included cities with populations over 75,000 that reported crime data to the FBI during the 2008 calendar year.

Last year Ramapo, N.Y. took the top spot and five out of the top 10 cities were in New York state. However, this year, Ramap dropped to fifth place while the New York cities of Colonie and Amherst took first and second places, respectively.

The crime rate rankings of the cities are calculated using six crime categories – murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and auto theft, according to CQ Press, which issued the report titled “City Crime Rankings 2009-2010: Crime in Metropolitan America.”

Garden Grove Police Chief Joseph Polisar said he is not surprised that Garden Grove did well.

“Our crime statistics have improved dramatically since we shifted to community policing in 1992,” he said. “Our crimes per capita have been reduced by 50 percent or more since then.”

Garden Grove routinely places within the top 15 safest cities in California, Polisar said.

“I would attribute our success to problem-solving and teamwork,” he said.

By Deepa Bharath
Orange County Register

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