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Crime is always a top concern for Austin city officials, and the Austin Police Department is working around the clock to ensure the safety of Austinites. In the most recent crime statistics released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 2012, Austin was ranked as the second safest major city in the country, moving up from the #3 spot it held in 2011. San Jose, California ranked #1 out of 30 other major cities. The rankings were determined by comparing cities with more than 500,000 citizens based on their statistics for violent crime. Austin’s overall numbers for violent crime decreased by 2% compared to the previous year. Although this may not seem like a big number, this figure represents 70 fewer violent crimes in 2012 than 2011.
Austin may still feel like a small city, but it has seen tremendous growth over the past few years, with the population growing by about 52,000 people since the 2010 census. It’s no small feat that the city has clinched the number two spot with this amount of population growth. The Austin Police Department attributes the success of the city to the hard work of dedicated police officers and the solid relationship between the police force and Austin citizens. Fighting crime is an uphill battle, however, and the Austin Police Department recognizes that officers and citizens must continue to work hard to make Austin safer. The Austin Police Department cautions Austinites to be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity in order to help keep Austin a safe place to live.
The Austin Police Department is also constantly working to better its programs in order to keep Austin one of the safest cities in the nation. The department is currently using a $1,000,000 grant from the Justice Department to clean up areas of the city that frequently see higher crime rates. Austin isn’t the only city in the area to have a high safety rating. Round Rock was named as the number one safest city in Texas and 16th safest in the nation with a population below 100,000 earlier this year. As long as Austinites and police officers continue to do their part in making the city safer, Austin is definitely headed in the right direction to attain the number one spot next year.