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Report: Havasu among Arizona’s safest cities

April 16, 2019

Lake Havasu City is the 14th safest city in Arizona, according to a new ranking by a data collection company called SafeWise. That’s up three positions from the previous year.

Havasu and Prescott Valley were the only communities included in the list of the 20 safest cities in Arizona. Prescott Valley was ranked 11th. Bullhead City, which was ranked 11th in the 2018 report, dropped off the list completely.

Arizona’s safest city was reported to be Oro Valley, a city just north of Tucson with a population of 44,251 and a violent crime rate of .38 crimes per 1,000 people. The survey was based on data from the 2017 FBI crime report, the US Census Bureau’s 2013-17 American Community Survey, and SafeWise’s own 2019 State of Safety survey.

Havasu, according to the report, had 2.22 violent crimes and 21.58 property crimes per 1,000 residents.

The next safest cities were Buckeye, Florence, Gilbert, Marana and Surprise.

The Safewise survey found that 35 percent of Arizona’s safest cities had no counts of murder reported in 2017. In a survey of residents called the State of Safety Study, Safewise says property crime and digital security were tied for the state’s most concerning issues. Break-ins were the most concerning property crimes, and losing money through hacking and scams were the biggest digital security concern, the company said. Being physically assaulted by a stranger was the top violent crime concern, and every city on the list reported 10 or more aggravated assaults.

The entire survey can be found here.