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By Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer l @FontanaNow on Twitter
Posted: 08/06/2013 09:04:06 AM PDT
Updated: 08/07/2013 09:20:55 PM PDT

FONTANA — This city has been ranked as the 15th safest in America, according to Business Insider, an Internet-only publication that used the FBI’s preliminary 2012 unified crime report data for 2012 to compile city rankings.

Fontana ranked fourth in the state. Irvine ranked first in the nation in safety.

“Those of us who live here know we have been a safe city for many years,” Mayor Acquanetta Warren said. “Public safety has always been our No. 1 priority and through hard work coupled with an excellent police force, Fontana has received national recognition.”

Police Chief Rod Jones said that much of the credit goes to the community.

“I am proud of the men and women of the Fontana Police Department and the residents, who are actively involved in working alongside us,” he said.

Upon hearing the study conclusions — which were based on cities with populations of 200,000 or more — Pedro Flores, 40, of Pomona, said, “Do you mean 15th safest in the state?”

“The whole country? Wow, I’m surprised.”

Growing up in El Monte, Flores had an impression that parts of Fontana could be pretty rough.

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