Mustang takes No. 2 safest community ranking

city safety

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.