O'Fallon residents can breathe a little easier.
The city has been ranked as having one of the lowest crime rates in the America—for the fourth time.
The ranking, based on FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data, was included in the book City Crime Rankings 2013: Crime in Metropolitan America by CQ Press.
O'Fallon ranked third safest on the "Lowest Crime Rate Ranking" for cities with a population of 75,000-99,999.
O'Fallon also was the only Missouri City to be rated among the top 10 safest cities in all population categories. The rankings were calculated by CQ Press from 2011 UCR data released in the fall of 2012.
O’Fallon Mayor Bill Hennessy said that the national ranking by a professional researcher was a tremendous honor for the city.
“It demonstrates that the City’s long-standing policy of making Public Safety a top priority has paid off," Hennessy said. "We have a dedicated Police Department that is among the finest in the country, and a safe City that is an outstanding place in which to live and raise a family.”
“The men and women of the O’Fallon Police Department take pride in O’Fallon’s continued reputation as a safe City,” said O’Fallon Police Chief Roy Joachimstaler. “And I am pleased that once again, the officers’ consistent efforts are in the national spotlight.”
310 cities were considered in the rankings, divided into three main categories by population: 500,000 residents (33 cities), 100,000-499,000 (244 cities) and 75,000-99,999 (155 cities). The book includes numbers, rates and trends for total crime, violent crime, murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, property crime, burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft. Numbers and per capita rates of police in cities also are included.