Mission Viejo is the safest city in the U.S., but what about Santa Ana?

“A new, controversial study based on annual FBI crime statistics names Mission Viejo the safest city in the nation,” according to the O.C. Register. “Following Mission Viejo was Lake Forest, ranked as 10th, and Irvine, ranked as 11th.”

“The 14th annual City Crime Rankings: Crime in Metropolitan American, released on Friday, looked at about 400 cities in the U.S. with at least 75,000 people. The study was based on per-capita rates for homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and auto theft.”

Well, I am not surprised to see Mission Viejo, Lake Forest and Irvine at the top of the list, but what about the Orange County seat, Santa Ana? It took me a little while, but I found the website where you can get all of this data. Santa Ana is the 187th safest city and the 192nd most dangerous city in the U.S. Santa Ana’s score was 16.87. Mission Viejo scored a -82.11. In these rankings, the higher your negative score, the better.

Norwalk, Downey and El Monte had better scores than Santa Ana. So did Anaheim, Fontana, West Covina and Oxnard. Which reminds me of something that Santa Ana Councilwoman Claudia “Clownia” Alvarez said at a recent City Council meeting. “I’m in charge of fighting crime,” said Alvarez, who works as an assistant O.C. district attorney. Well Clownia, it looks like you’re doing an awful job!

Look no further than last year’s rankings for proof that Santa Ana is not doing well, with regard to crime. Last year Santa Ana was the 202nd most dangerous city, and the 170th safest city. So Santa Ana’s ranking has slipped in BOTH categories. Remember this when Clownia and her cohorts ask you to extend their council terms next February. If anything we ought to recall them!


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