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Business Insider Names Reno 17th Safest City in America

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The city of Reno has been named one of the safest cities in America according to a recent article by Business Insider.

Business Insider lists Reno as the 17th safest city in America. We asked some people in downtown Reno if they feel safe in the Biggest Little City. "Absolutely," said Randy Gould, who is visiting from Portland, Oregon.  "It's just a great place to wander around, walk around. Never had any problems at all."

Marilyn Hampton of Susanville feels somewhat safe. "You won't catch me out-- we don't like to be out at night," she said of herself and her husband. But she told us she feels safe during the day. 

Business Insider says they used the FBI's latest report on crime and found the cities with violent crime rates substantially below the national average. The report highlights that Reno's murder rate is 35% below average; rape rate 46% below average; and robbery rate 25% above average.

It says nine of the 20 safest cities are located in the Southwest, with six in California. On the flip side, no Southwestern cities appeared on the list of the 25 most dangerous cities while two California cities were listed: Oakland and Stockton.

Irvine, California was listed as the safest - for the ninth year in a row, followed by Fremont, California, Plano, Texas, Madison, Wisconsin and Irving, Texas rounded out the top five.

"It is the mission of the Reno Police Department to safeguard the lives and property of those we serve, to reduce the incidence of crime and community problems, and to enhance public safety," advises Reno Police Chief Steve Pitts. "By partnering with our community, we are continuing to create a safe city by providing the highest level of police services which improves the quality of life for our residents and visitors."

Reno Police Sergeant Scott Shaw says his department works with other law enforcement, social service agencies and citizens, to keep Reno safe. "We focus a lot on crime trends and what type of active crimes are being committed. That's where we commit a lot of our resources," he said. Shaw was happy with the ranking, saying that citizens have helped them make several arrests lately.

For more information on how the Reno Police Department is helping to make Reno one of the safest cities in America read the Police Annual Report at Reno.gov/police under the "About Us" section.

To read more visit www.businessinsider.com/safe-cities-in-america-2013-7

(The City of Reno, Business Insider contributed to this report.)

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