Costa Mesa reported a significant drop in crime in 2010, and Irvine kept its hold on its distinction as America's safest large city for the seventh straight year, according to FBI data released Monday.
The data analyzed cities with populations of 100,000 residents or more, and looked at violent crimes and property crimes from 2009 and 2010. Among violent crimes considered were murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Property crimes included burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft and arson.
Irvine, a city of about 217,000, had 120 violent crimes in 2010, down from 153 the year before. The city saw no murders in 2010, down from three in 2009, and 24 rapes were reported last year.