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Irvine “America’s Safest City”

The City of Irvine is America’s Safest City for the fifth consecutive year; 2008 also marked the lowest violent crime rate in the City’s history.

Based on data released today by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the City of Irvine is the safest large city in the nation when considering violent crime.1 Irvine continues to report less violent crime per capita than any other big city in America. Part I violent crime in Irvine decreased by 10 % in 2008. Violent crime includes murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.

“A safe community ranks at the top of the City’s priority list,” said Mayor Sukhee Kang. “There is nothing more important than preserving the safety and security of our community.

“Being a safe city is a true collaborative effort,” the Mayor said. “That effort is reflected in our police department’s motto – ‘In Partnership with the Community.’”

The City of Irvine credits visionary planning, enlightened city leadership, leveraged police and private partnerships, and an engaged and supportive community among its successful strategies.

“Today’s news is also significant because it means that the violent crime rate in 2008 was the lowest in our City’s 37-year history. I am inspired by the contributions the men and women of our Department make each and every day to keep our community safe,” said Chief David L. Maggard, Jr.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation data can be viewed at: www.fbi.gov/ucr/ucr.htm