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FBI: Irvine is safest U.S. city for eighth straight year

June 11, 2012|From the Los Angeles Times

Looking to avoid becoming a crime statistic? Move to Irvine.

In 2011, for the eighth year in a row, the Orange County city had the lowest violent crime rate of any U.S. city with a population larger than 100,000, the FBI said Monday.

Irvine -- population 214,872 -- reported only 120 violent crimes last year, the same number as the year before.

Among the crimes: two murders, 67 aggravated assaults, 11 rapes and 40 robberies. Random comparison: Similarly sized Modesto had more than 10 times the number of robberies.

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“Eight straight years as the country’s safest city is truly something to celebrate,” Irvine Mayor Sukhee Kang said in a statement. “Public safety is a commitment we do not take lightly.”

The data were part of the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report. Overall, reported violent crime in the United States declined 4% between 2010 and 2011, the FBI said.

This story was reported by Times Staff Writer Mike Anton.

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