EDITOR'S NOTE: This article has been updated to include a link to the original report found at safewise.com.
Once a year, SafeWise gathers crime reports from the FBI, along with population information, and compiles the data to rate the Top 50 safest Texas cities. This year the City of Anna made the list at No. 15, when in previous years, Anna hadn't even made the list.
Security analyst Rebecca Edwards said she is encouraged by the drop in crime.
“Crime rates are dropping across the state, with Texas leading the way for diminishing urban crime rates,” Edwards said. “This is encouraging news that makes Texas a state to watch for innovative public safety initiatives. Even though the state's overall property and violent crime rates are slightly higher than the national averages, every city that made our safest cities list is well below national crime rates.”
Kenneth Jenks, Chief of Police of the Anna Police Department, said he is happy with Anna's ranking on the list.
“We are very pleased to learn of our ranking as one of the Safest Cities in the great state of Texas,” Jenks said. “This is a credit to the cooperation between our residents and our hard working staff. Only through a daily commitment to be vigilant made by our officers and our citizens is something like this possible. We truly appreciate our community.”
The City of Anna Mayor, Mike Crist said it's an honor to be recognized nationally for something citizens have known for quite some time.
“It's a testament to our excellent police force,” Crist said. “Citizens also help to make Anna a safe place to live through neighborhood watch activities, and reporting crimes as soon as they happen.”
Crist said it's important to stay vigilant.
“As our town grows, it becomes even more important to get citizens involved through the neighborhood watch programs, participation in National Night Out events, and general engagement with our officers,” Crist said.
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