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Temple City Among Top 20 Safest California Cities

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Neighborhood Scout, an online company that provides real estate data to prospective homebuyers, recently ranked Temple City 40th among the “Top 100 Safest Cities in the U.S.,” and 6th among cities in California. Temple City consistently makes the list, last year ranking 64th nationwide and 14thin California.

With a crime index rating of 76, Temple City is safer than 76 percent of cities nationwide. A crime index rating of 100 indicates the safest city in America. Other area communities that made the list include Chino Hills (ranked 82), Rancho Palos Verdes (ranked 89), Yorba Linda (ranked 69) and Walnut (ranked 76).

The study bases rankings on total property and violent crimes per 1,000 residents, to determine the safety of a neighborhood in relation to other U.S. cities. Results are gathered from FBI data collected from over 17,000 local law enforcement agencies nationwide, including reported incidences of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, murder, forcible rape, armed robbery and aggravated assault.

“We attribute our safe-city ranking to the community’s growing participation in the Neighborhood Watch Program,” said Mayor Vincent Yu.  “We can thank our residents, the Sheriff’s Department, and the City’s Public Safety Division for our community’s exemplary safety record—it shows that we really look out for each other in Temple City.”

Those looking to become more active in promoting neighborhood safety can participate in the City and Sheriff’s Department’s recently reformatted Neighborhood Watch Program. Through monthly meetings targeting specific Watch Areas, residents interact with local law enforcement to discuss such pertinent issues as crime trends and statistics, and emergency preparedness.

Read more about the Neighborhood Watch Program in the Summer 2012 issue of Connect Magazine. To find your Watch Area, or learn more about how to get involved, contact Public Safety Officer Bryan Ariizumi at (626) 285-2171, or visit

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
Temple City Among Top 20 Safest California Cities