Boise named 7th-safest U.S. city

August 3, 2013 

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A feeling of safety allows people, like the thousands that attended the Boise Music Festival on July 27 in Garden City, to venture out without fear.

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Boise was named one of the nation's 20 safest cities, according to a list compiled by "Business Insider" magazine.

Boise was listed No. 7, with the rankings based upon FBI crime data.

Boise police Chief Mike Masterson said efforts not only by police but community groups and neighborhood and business associations help make Boise a safe city.

"What's most important is that people feel safe in Boise. We live in a city and state that offer some of the best opportunities for healthy families, outdoor lifestyles, business and recreation. It's our partnerships that keep us safe, make us feel safe, and make this the most livable city in the country." Masterson said in a written statement.

That's not to say that Boise is crime-free, Masterson said. The crimes that are committed are an ongoing concern, he said.

"But especially for those of us who have experience living in other parts of the country, we appreciate very much the value this community places on its safety," he said.

Irvine, Calif., was named the safest town in the United States for the ninth consecutive year. The city in Orange County has one of the nation's top-ranked school systems, a median household income well above the national average and a crime prevention program that includes keeping a thorough record of violence, Business Insider reported.

Boise was noted for having a murder rate 90 percent below average and a robbery rate 73 percent below average but a rape rate 35 percent above average.

However, Boise police officials dispute the rape rate. Crime analysts with the Boise Police Department checked the data and said it shows Boise's rape rate is 60 percent below the national average.

Boise was ranked just below Scottsdale, Ariz., and above No. 8 Henderson, Nev.; No. 9 Chandler, Ariz.; and No. 10 Chula Vista, Calif.

Other cities in the Top 10 were No. 2 Fremont, Calif.; No. 3 Plano, Texas; No. 4 Madison, Wisc.; and No. 5 Irving, Texas.

The rankings, based upon reports of violent crime, included cities with at least 200,000 residents. Last year's list, which ranked the top 13 cities, was based upon populations of at least 100,000.

Boise did not make that list.

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