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Staff Report
Posted: 11/27/2009 05:46:15 PM PST

Several local cities were listed on the 2009 City Crime Rate Rankings, a new survey of national crime statistics released recently.

Chino Hills was ranked as San Bernardino County’s safest city and the 13th safest place in the country, according to a Publishing house CQ Press release that came out Monday.

“We’re ranked 13, for a second year in a row and that’s pretty impressive to know,” Chino Hills Mayor Peter Rogers. “We’re very fortunate to live in a city that’s very safe and to not take that for granted and remain vigilant. We thank our officers that are helping us to keep our city safe.”

The rankings were compiled using figures for six crimes: murder, rape, aggravated assault, robbery, burglary and theft. CQ Press relied on numbers that law enforcement agencies in the 50 states reported to the FBI for 2008.

The FBI, however, cautions against using crime statistics to rank cities’ relative safety. The bureau maintains that such comparisons ignore the myriad issues that affect crime rates in different jurisdictions.

CQ Press’ list ranks 393 American cities with populations of 75,000 or greater.

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