Austin was ranked in the top 10 safest major cities in the United States
A new study has ranked Austin in the top ten safest cities in the US, while state and federal leaders say violent crime has increased in the city.
Austin, Texas – – New studies show that Austin is one of the ten safest cities in the United States. At the same time, state and federal leaders want changes and reforms to the Austin Police Department as violent crimes have increased over the past year.
The FBI’s 2019 NIBRS Crime Data Report ranks Austin as the eleventh safest city in the United States for crimes against one person. It also listed the city as 12th for crimes against society and 9th against property. The data comes from 22 cities with more than 400,000 inhabitants.
Another study conducted by MoneyGeek ranked Austin as the ninth safest city.
Mayor Steve Adler said Austin was a safe city. He said it’s not an opinion, it’s in the data. “We know the facts and data show that Austin is a very safe city, the safest big city in Texas and one of the safest cities in the country,” said Adler.
Governor Greg Abbott has proposed a state takeover of the Austin Police Department, and now a bill has been proposed to transfer control to the DPS. In a tweet on Monday, Abott said the proposed legislation was “on time for Christmas”.
The bill was co-authored by Terry Keel, a former Travis County sheriff and lawmaker, and former State Representative Ron Wilson. Abbott tweeted, “One way or another, we’re going to pass law to protect Austin.”
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However, Adler said he believed the city was already safe. It’s about making it safer. “Even if crime statistics go up in cities across the country, including Austin, our per capita crime rates are lower than most other cities because Austin is a safe place,” he said.
Adler said he would welcome additional government funding, but open discussions need to take place between officials to ensure public safety is a top priority.
“We need serious talk about public safety, serious talk about how we can make all cities in Texas safer than they already are.” Said Adler. “And I want to have such serious conversations. But these conversations really have to start with an accurate presentation of the facts of the data.”
FOX 7 AUSTIN contacted the Austin Police Department but no interview or statement was made.
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