Mustang takes No. 2 safest community ranking

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By Traci Chapman

Mustang took second place in a national firm’s ranking of safest Oklahoma communities.

The study was conducted by Movoto Real Estate, based in San Mateo, Calif. and was a ranking of communities with populations of 10,000 or more.

“We then used the FBI’s 2012 Uniform Crime Report to find crime data for these places, omitting any that didn’t have data reported to the bureau,” said Chad Stiffney, Movoto public relations associate. “That left us with a total of 40 places across Oklahoma.”

Researchers then took the FBI data and analyzed reported crimes in those 40 communities, concentrating on violent crimes like murder, rape, robbery and assault, as well as burglary, theft and vehicle theft. Crimes were then further classified by murders, violent and property felonies and totals reported, Stiffney said.

“We calculated all of these crime rates based on crimes per 100,000 residents, in order to compare larger and smaller cities fairly,” Stiffney said. “Each place was then ranked with a score from one to 40, with one being the best and safest location.”

Movoto’s rankings were weighted so murders, violent and property crimes were given precedence, Stiffney said. Those classifications made up 30 percent of each city’s score, and total crimes represented 10 percent of the calculation, he said.

Mustang’s second-place listing was the result of its low number of crimes, according to FBI statistics.

“Just 2,639 crimes per 100,000 people,” Stiffney said. “Of those, there were only 160 violent crimes per 100,000 people.”

Of those 160 listed instances, there were no murders, 22 robberies, 17 rapes and 121 assaults, as well as 2,479 property crimes – comprised of 1,807 thefts, 94 vehicle thefts and 508 burglaries, according to the Movoto report and FBI data.

The report’s findings and Mustang’s police chief and department were applauded by City Manager Tim Rooney during Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Rooney said the ranking was a result of the department’s hard work and Chief Chuck Foley’s leadership, the city manager said. For his part, the chief credited his employees, who he said always put the community first.

“The citizens are invested in the community, and my staff is invested in the citizens,” Foley said.

One Comment to Mustang takes No. 2 safest community ranking

  1. Bill Alexander says:

    I would like to congratulate the Mustang Police department for the exceptional work they do in making Mustang the 2nd safest community in Oklahoma ! They are wonderful. However, I would like to point out that I think it is no conicidence that the first AND second safest communities in Oklahoma are both right here in Canadian County. This is truly Amazing! Coincidence? Maybe, but I do not think so. Do they both have great police departments? Absolutely they do. But do they have the number one and number two police departments in the entire state? This would be very unlikely. This is no slam on either police department and I think they are both exceptional, but I think we are missing another very important key!

    I beleive the police departments deserve much credit, but I think the fact that these top two cities are both from Canadian County points to another factor.

    Since the opening of the Canadian County Children’s Justice Center in 1999 the crime rate for the entire county has shown a significant if not amazing drop. Since 2000, the county population has grown by 40% but yet our number of adult felonies has stayed the same and our adult misdemeanors has fallen by 50%! This is truly amazing! How does this happen when the population is growing by 40%?

    I believe the cooperative effort between the CCCJC and the local police and schools, and the Canadian County Sheriffs department has made a huge effect on crime in Canadian County! Many are to be congratulated. But the common denominator is the Canadian County Children’s Justice Center. The center makes a difference in the lives of many teenagers before they reach adulthood and helps them get off the path of crime. While the cetner has been the source of much debate, how can anyone deny the results we are seeing 15 years after it opened. Many talk about the cost of the Center. What is it worth to have the two safest cities in the state both from the same county? Ask the chambers of commerce or the realtors. What is it worth to a business owner to not have to pay for the damage caused by robbers because they are no longer in the life of crime?

    Maybe it is time to re-think our position.

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