Irvine is Safest City of its Size for 14th Year

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Irvine is the Safest City of its size for Part I violent crime, FBI data for calendar year 2018 shows. Information released Monday shows Irvine has the lowest rate of violent crime per capita of any city in the nation with a population of 250,000 or more. This is the 14th consecutive year Irvine has had the lowest per capita violent crime rate for its size. In 2018, Irvine also had the lowest rate of total Part I crime for a city of its size.

The FBI’s Annual Uniform Crime Report measures Part I crime, which includes murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, auto theft and arson.

Irvine Mayor Christina Shea congratulated the Irvine Police Department on this achievement. “The men and women of the Irvine Police Department are consummate professionals who work hard every day to keep our wonderful community safe,” said Mayor Shea. “Our City Council, residents, businesses, and visitors continue to owe a debt of gratitude to them for their commitment to duty. Through strong partnerships with our community, IPD continually strives to deliver exceptional service, keeping Irvine the safest city to live, work, and play.”

Irvine Police Chief Mike Hamel credited the department’s partnership with the community and City leadership for its continued success. “Irvine continues to be a safe community due to the collaboration between the men and women of the Irvine Police Department who work tirelessly every day to identify and respond to criminal activity and quality of life issues, our City leaders who always make public safety a top priority, and our residents who actively participate in crime prevention and community improvement strategies,” said Chief Hamel. “These efforts have been critically important to preserving the quality of life we have all come to appreciate.”

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