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Sanibel designated 7th safest city in Florida

March 2, 2017
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The City of Sanibel has been designated as the seventh safest city in Florida based upon a report "Safest Cities in Florida" released by the National Council for Home Safety and Security. There are 410 municipalities in Florida.

Upon reading the report, Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane stated, "Our community places the highest priority on the personal safety of our citizens. We consider community safety an investment not an expenditure; an investment in our daily quality of life as well as our property values."

The methodology utilized by the National Council for determining the designations included a review of the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report (U.C.R.), as well as population and other data. The study did not include any cities that failed to submit an FBI U.C.R. report, or cities with populations less than 5,000 persons.

The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted with violent crimes accounting for 70 percent of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30 percent.

In 2016, the City of Sanibel experienced a 6 percent reduction, from 112 in 2015 to 105 in 2016, within the federally reportable crimes. The City of Sanibel's 2016 UCR of 105 crimes is the lowest recorded in the last 13 years.

In 2016 there were 43 reported burglaries, 41 reported theft, 15 reported assaults, two reported vehicle thefts and four classified as other. The year prior the federally reportable crimes included 24 burglary, 56 thefts, 27 assaults, three vehicle thefts and two rapes.

"Our greatest asset to maintaining a safe community is a diligent, alert population committed to working in partnership with the police. We always urge our residents and visitors to report any type of suspicious behavior or activity. We always prefer to be in the crime prevention rather than response mode," Chief of Police William Dalton said.

 
 

 

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