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Stanton “safer” than Newport

STANTON POLICE Services at police station in Stanton Civic Center (Facebook).

If you had to guess, which city would you say was safer: Stanton or Newport Beach? How about Garden Grove or Brea? Westminster or Cerritos? Santa Barbara or Huntington Beach?

Safewise, a company that sells security systems, has recently unveiled its lists and rankings of the “Safest Cities in California” and the result may be surprising.

Of the four cities in The Tribune’s coverage area, Stanton scored the highest, placing as the 46th safest city in the Golden State. Huntington Beach is 74th, Garden Grove 119th and Westminster 153rd.

The calculations were based on a comparison of violent and property crimes per resident over a three-year period. Top-rated was Danville, a city of about 45,000 people in a rural area of Northern California.

The rest of the top 10 is dominated by affluent cities of Orange County. Rancho Santa Margarita is second, Aliso Viejo is fifth, Lake Forest is sixth, Yorba Linda is seventh, Laguna Niguel is eighth and Mission Viejo is ninth.

Irvine, sometimes touted as the safest large city in the United States, came in at 19th place.

Unlike some other surveys, large cities are classified in the same way as small ones. For instance, all 10 of the safest had a population of under 100,000, and four are under 50,000. There appeared to be a connection between “safe” and income: the median income in Danville is $152,714.

And to answer the question posed at the beginning of this article – according to Safewise – you are safer in Stanton than Newport Beach, safer in Garden Grove than Brea, safer in Westminster than Cerritos and safer in Huntington Beach than Santa Barbara.

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