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Report: Cape 17th safest city in Florida

June 12, 2018
By CJ HADDAD ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

How safe is your city?

That's an important question all homeowners, businesses and parents contemplate.

Those who call Cape Coral home may be pleased to find out that SafeWise, a company that provides safety and security resources across the country, has listed Cape Coral as the 17th safest city in Florida in 2018, a 21-spot jump from its ranking just one year ago.

"Our goal at SafeWise is to provide resources to help communities stay safe. The Safest Cities reports are meant to offer a point of reference to help residents (and potential residents) understand the relative safety of a city compared to other cities in the state and nation," said Krystal Rogers, SafeWise Community Engagement Manager.

So how did the group reach that conclusion?

"To compile this report, Safe-Wise analysts reviewed the most recent 2016 FBI crime statistics and population data. Cities that fell below identified population thresholds or failed to submit a complete FBI crime report were excluded from the ranking system. Our evaluation is based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape and robbery) in each city per 1,000 people. If there was a tie, we also factored in the number of property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and car theft)," Rogers said.

In 2018, SafeWise has focused more on violent crimes when it comes to its rankings.

It also calculated the rate of crimes per 1,000 people in each city, making it easier to compare the potential of crimes happening in places with varying populations.

Out of the 20 cities listed, Cape Coral far and away had the highest population among the group at 179,631.

Per 1,000 residents in the Cape, violent crime happens among 1.25 people and property crimes among 17.15 people.

Total crime breaks down into 7.27 percent violent and 92.73 percent property.

"Out of the 142 cities considered, Cape Coral residents should feel proud to be among the top 20 safest cities in Florida. At 1.25 violent crimes per 1,000 people, Cape Coral's violent crime rate is well below the national rate of 3.97 per 1,000," said Rogers.

She continued, "Some of the cities that ranked toward the bottom of the list had violent crime rates upwards of 20 violent crimes per 1,000 residents, many with smaller populations than Cape Coral. Some cities with comparable population size had violent crime rates between 6 and 8 per 1,000 residents. For example, Fort Lauderdale had a violent crime rate of 6.31 per 1,000 with a population of 181,218."

Corporal Phillip Mullen, public affairs officer at the Cape Coral Police Department, is pleased to see CCPD keeping the community safe.

"It always pleases us to see Cape Coral listed as one of the safest cities in Florida," he said. "For our size, we are for some years now perennially the second safest Florida city overall, and the #1 safest for violent crime. It was interesting to see where we stood amongst cities with populations so different than ours."

Mullen elaborated on how despite the size of the ever-growing city, the crime rates stay down.

"That was very notable on this list; we were nearly three times the population of the second highest on the list," he said. "That speaks volumes on not only the excellent work done by our officers, detectives, and support staff, but also the partnership with our citizens. We rely on them greatly to root out crime. Our citizens don't hesitate to call when there's a problem, and that allows us to work that much more effectively."

This is no time for complacency though, staying on the ball is what CCPD will continue to do, Mullen said.

"We will continue to work hard and partner with our citizens to keep these numbers low and always monitor crime trends to keep one step ahead of the criminals," he stressed. "The goal is twofold: to hold criminals accountable for crimes they commit in our city, and in doing so hopefully prevent many crimes from ever occurring in Cape Coral in the first place through deterrence."

Close-by cities Punta Gorda and Naples also made the list, ranking 5th and 7th, respectively.

Marco Island came in at number one.

The report was released on June 11 and can be viewed at



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