McAllen has once again been recognized as one of the top safest cities in America for its low crime rate, this time by MoneyGeek. The ranking compares the direct economic costs of crime to individual victims, perpetrators, communities and society at large. MoneyGeek analyzed crime statistics and research findings based on victim; criminal justice systems; crime career; and intangible costs to estimate the cost of crimes in over 300 cities across the United States. McAllen ranks #15 overall.
To assess the safest cities, Money Geek analyzed crime data. This includes violent crimes such as murder, rape and aggravated assault and property crimes such as home burglary and motor vehicle theft. MoneyGeek calculated each city’s cost of crime and ranked the cities based on the cost of crime per capita. Researchers also quantified how much more violent crimes cost a community than property crimes.
A Community Honor
“This ranking of McAllen as a safe city, based on the cost of crime in our community, is a testament to the hard work of our McAllen Police Department and all of our law enforcement agencies in our area, who work quickly and diligently to not only protect from and prevent crime, but also, to resolve crime when it happens,” said McAllen Mayor Jim Darling. “Additionally, this community pulls together to support and assist our police officers with tips and information also help to keep our community safe and keep the effects of crime at bay, as much as possible.”
McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez agrees. He states that community policing and elected officials supporting the department allow McAllen police officers to work together with community partners and others to keep the “broken windows theory” at bay. The broken windows theory is a criminology theory that states that visible signs of crime, anti-social behavior and civil disorder create an urban environment that encourages further crime and disorder, including serious crimes.