Report: Missouri City named Texas’ sixth safest city
Missouri City was recently honored as one of the top 10 safest cities in Texas by real estate website Movoto. Compiling crime data from the top 100 most populous municipalities in Texas, Movoto used the FBI’s 2012 Uniform Crime Report to determine that Missouri City is the sixth safest city in Texas.
According to Movoto, Missouri City’s average crime rate is 1,362 per 100,000 people, making it not only one of the safest cities in the Greater-Houston area but also in the entire state. The website also notes the City’s particularly low number of property crimes in 2012 – 1,241 per 100,000, including 66 vehicle thefts, 866 thefts, and 306 burglaries – as another reason for its high ranking.
“Missouri City saw 121 violent crimes per 100,000 people in 2012, including no murders. To see just how safe this really is, take a look at nearby Houston, the second-most dangerous place we looked at,” Movoto writers said. “In 2012, Houston had a total of 5,938 crimes per 100,000 people – 4,945 property crimes and 993 violent crimes, including 10 murders, per every 100,000 people.”
Movoto’s list based crime rates on crimes per 100,000 residents to fairly compare small and large populations; each city was ranked from one to 100 in terms of murders, violent crimes, property crimes and total crimes, per 100,000 residents.
“We have an outstanding force working to protect the residents of Missouri City, but we cannot do our jobs without the help of our concerned residents,” Missouri City Police Chief Mike Berezin said. “We have a very involved public who notify the Police Department when assistance is required. This has been vital for us to know how to best protect Missouri City.”
As the population of Missouri City increases, the Police Department has creatively and strategically adapted to the City’s growth. In June, a five-person motorcycle unit began patrolling City streets and neighborhoods. In 2012, the City launched a Prescription Drug Take Back program and has held Drug Take Back days in partnership with the DEA; the next drug take back day will take place on Sept. 27.
In 2013, Safe Wise, a company that specializes in security systems, ranked Missouri City as one of the 20 safest cities in Texas. The Department also became the 26th Texas police department to receive re-recognized accreditation status from the Texas Police Chief’s Association; in acknowledging the accomplishment, independent TPCA auditors noted that the Missouri City Police Department passed an expanded 165 standards as part of the process.
For more information about Missouri City, please watch the City website: www.missouricitytx.gov, like us on Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX, follow us on Twitter—@MissouriCityTX, and watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast).
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