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El Paso Ranked Second Safest City By Survey

POSTED: Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 7:19am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:25pm

Twelve murders for the year in El Paso. That is still far fewer than last year and our low crime numbers have landed El Paso on a coveted list again, for the safest cities in the nation.

El Paso has some of the safest city streets in America. That's according to a Washington D.C.-based publishing company called the CQ Press. They put out the list every year, and El Paso seems to always come out ahead. We're second this year among cities with a population over 500,000 people. We got beat by one city: Hawaii. Only Honolulu is safer than El Paso.

What's the survey based on? According to the CQ Press, they compare six crime categories: murder, rape, aggravated assault, robbery, burglary and auto theft. We're doing better than most, perhaps, but we're not perfect.

"We do see burglary of vehicles in our community a lot," said El Paso Police Department's Public Information Officer Javier Sambrano. "We do see sometimes burglary of businesses or burglary of homes."

Police say don't misunderstand. Just because we're ranked number two right now doesn't mean it's time to leave your doors unlocked or leave your windows rolled down with the purse on your seat. They say part of the reason we have this high ranking is because our community is very involved with crime prevention.

El Paso has to battle a common misconception. That because we're on the border with Juarez, where the drug wars are raging, we must have a lot of crime. The numbers don't support that theory and if you believe the numbers, it looks like it doesn't get much safer than this, unless you move to Hawaii.

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