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For Immediate Release

Surprise rates high in safety- FBI stats reveal

Surprise, AZ (November 1, 2012) The City of Surprise had the second-lowest rate of property crime and violent crime in 2011 among the largest cities in Maricopa County, based on the city’s analysis of the latest FBI statistics.

According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report for 2011 as analyzed the Surprise Police Department, Surprise recorded 1.09 violent crimes and 21.79 property crimes per 1,000 residents last year. Among the area’s largest cities, Surprise ranked near the bottom:

City                        Violent Crime Rate          Property Crime Rate

Phoenix                              5.51                                        43.98
Glendale                             4.84                                        64.09
Tempe                                 4.79                                        54.46
Peoria                                  1.92                                        30.55
Scottsdale                            1.81                                        30.49
Goodyear                             1.63                                        28.09
Surprise                              1.09                                        21.79
Gilbert                                   .84                                          18.23

“These numbers show that Surprise remains a very safe city,” said Surprise Police Chief Michael Frazier. “Our residents and officers work closely together to keep our crime rates low.” 

Frazier said the department continues to focus on reducing property crime. “The vast majority of criminal activity in Surprise involves property, such as theft and burglary,” he said. “These are preventable and we continue be aggressive in educating residents to lock their cars and homes in order to avoid becoming a victim.”

The FBI Uniform Crime Report measures so-called Part 1 crimes, classified as violent (aggravated assault, robbery, homicide and rape) and property (burglary, theft, arson and vehicle theft).  Frazier says the five-year average of Part 1 crimes in Surprise shows an increase of less than three percent over that time period. “This is a relatively low increase given that our population grew by more than 10,000 during that time,” he said.

There were 2,745 Part I incidents reported in Surprise in 2011, according to the FBI. Just 129 were classified as violent.

“Our residents are doing a great job communicating with us and partnering with our officers,” Frazier said.  “We will continue working together to keep Surprise a safe and attractive place for everyone.”