Mar 222021

Is your city one of the safest in the Golden State? Find out here.

A view of the Point Vicente Lighthouse overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Rancho Palos Verdes.
A view of the Point Vicente Lighthouse overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Rancho Palos Verdes. (Shutterstock)

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA — Out of California’s 1,345 cities, Rancho Palos Verdes made the list of the state’s 10 safest cities in 2021. The Los Angeles County city ranked No. 4 on SafeWise’s seventh annual Safest Cities report.

Rancho Palos Verdes has a population of 41,961 residents with a median income of $133,286.

Several nearby Orange County cities made the top 10 list, including Rancho Santa Margarita, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel and Mission Viejo.

SafeWise, a security product review site, ranked more than 50 cities in 2021 using recent crime statistics and data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. SafeWise also included demographic information and the results of its State of Safety research study.

“The ‘safest’ cities rankings are intended to highlight cities with low crime rates and ignite conversation and action around how to make all cities and communities safer,” according to the SafeWise website.

Here Are The 10 Safest Cities In California For 2021

  1. Danville.
  2. Rancho Santa Margarita.
  3. Moorpark.
  4. Rancho Palos Verdes.
  5. Aliso Viejo.
  6. Lake Forest.
  7. Yorba Linda.
  8. Laguna Niguel.
  9. Mission Viejo.
  10. Lincoln.

See if your city made the full list.

Among Californians surveyed by SafeWise, 56 percent said that they feel a high daily level of concern for their safety. California — the most populous state — also ranked second in the country for the highest concern over the coronavirus, according to SafeWise.

Coronavirus seems to have taken a toll on residents and how safe they feel. Some 54 percent of Golden State residents said their personal safety was hindered by the pandemic.

The Golden State also ranked second in the nation for fears of gun violence and police violence, as well as fifth in the nation for concern over violent crimes.

Nevertheless, 40 percent of Californians surveyed said they feel safe in the state.

Violent crime is a concern for 54 percent of Californians, and for good reason. California has a higher violent crime rate than the United States as a whole, according to SafeWise data. Fortunately, in 2020, crime rates did dip slightly.

So what crimes do Californians most worry about?

The top concerns are package theft, property crime, violent crime and gun violence, according to SafeWise. Despite the fear, just about 25 percent use personal protection such as a stun gun or a pepper spray.

Across the Golden State, there were more than 105,000 cases of aggravated assault in 2020. And there was a higher percentage of rape in the safest cities (13 percent) than across the state (9 percent).

In 2020, some 61 percent said they worried about police violence daily; 48 percent of Californians said they had confidence in law enforcement. There were 294 California officer-involved shootings in 2020.

The good news is that all of the 50 safest cities in California ranked by SafeWise have violent crime rates below state, regional and national averages.

Check out the full report from SafeWise here.


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