The online real estate brokerage even gives a nod to Robin Hood

by: FILE PHOTO BY RAY PITZ - Sherwood tied for No. 2 for being one of the safest cities in Oregon with a population of 10,000 residents or more.Movoto Real Estate has ranked Sherwood as the No. 2 safest city in the state, tying with Wilsonville for the ranking, it was announced Tuesday.

The ranking was based on the FBI’s 2012 Oregon Crime Report where the online real estate brokerage firm ranked the safety of cities in the state with a population of 10,000 or more residents.

It based its selection on three criteria: numbers of violent crimes, numbers of property crimes and the chance a resident will be a victim of crime. They then ranked those cities with the lower numbers of incidents providing the list.

“This Washington County city was originally and indirectly named after Sherwood Forest in England, which, as we all know, was protected from forces of evil by Robin Hood and his Merry Men; so it really does seem that the name is fitting,” a Movoto reporter writes on the brokerage’s (which is based in San Mateo, Calif.) website. “Of course, the criminal justice system here is a bit different than ‘steal from the rich, give to the poor,’ but whatever they are doing, it is clearly working.”

Movoto reported that Sherwood had only 11 violent crimes reported out of 255 total crimes in 2012, for a city with a population of 18,699.

City Manager Joe Gall said he was pleased with the ranking.

“We know that Sherwood is a great community for many different reasons, but being a safe city is one that I frequently hear from residents,” Gall said.

Sherwood Police Chief Jeff Groth, also said he was not surprised by the ranking.

“The Sherwood Police Department knows that the community, including residents and businesses, take their safety seriously, and so do we,” said Groth. “The community historically has always made investments to create and maintain a strong service oriented and proactive police department and those investments have paid off.”

Meanwhile, the city of West Linn took the No. 1 spot.

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