The City of Poway once again topped the list as San Diego County’s safest city in an annual crime report released by SANDAG last month.
The report is based on 2016 FBI crime statistics and shows a 7 percent decrease in crime, with a crime rate of 10.38 crimes per 1,000 population.
“Public safety has always been, and always will be our top priority in Poway,” Mayor Steve Vaus said. “Without a doubt credit goes to the dedicated Sheriff’s Deputies who work tirelessly to keep our community safe.”
In 2016, a total of 520 crimes were reported in Poway, 6 percent fewer than the year before and down 20 percent since 2012. Of those 520 crimes, most were property crimes (455), which includes larceny, burglary and motor vehicle theft. The property crimes per 1,000 population dropped 12 percent from the year prior, with an overall decrease of 21 percent since 2012.
Poway saw an increase in violent crimes (65), but was still among the lowest in the county. The increase in reported violent crimes was mostly attributed to aggravated assault cases, with 19 more cases in 2016.
Poway continues to earn accolades for its safety. The city was name the 16th safest city in California last year by Safewise, an organization that annual rates the 50 safest cities in states around the country. Poway was the highest ranked city in San Diego County in 2016; the 2017 rankings are expected to be released in June.