Crime publication ranks city for sixth consecutive year based on statistics

The city of Beaverton is the safest city in Oregon and the second safest in the Pacific Northwest according to the CQ Press publication, “The City Crime Rate Rankings 2012-13: Crime in Metropolitan America.”

The city improved its ranking from last year, from 64th to 55th in the nation. Beaverton’s crime rate is also below the national average.

Beaverton has made the safest city list for six consecutive years for a number of reasons including the fact police response times are excellent, and the city highly values safety and appropriately funds its police.

“Beaverton is a very safe and responsible community,” said Beaverton Police Chief Geoff Spalding. “For every 1,000 residents that move to Beaverton, the city brings on nearly 1.5 full-time sworn officers. The city maintains this ratio to ensure excellent response times, a strong police presence and the ability to maintain a high level of self-initiated calls for service. This serves as a deterrent to crime.”

The crime rate rankings of cities and metropolitan areas are calculated annually by CQ Press using six crime categories: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft. The rankings include all cities of at least 75,000 residents.

“We take the public’s safety seriously, and we will continue to stay vigilant,” Spalding said.

Mayor Denny Doyle was pleased with the ranking and gave full credit to Spalding and the department.

“I’m proud to say that Beaverton is the safest city in Oregon,” he said. “Each and every day, the brave men and women of the Beaverton Police Department go above and beyond to keep us safe.”

For more information about the city crime rate rankings, visit

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