Austin has been ranked among one of the safest major cities in the country according to the FBI's Unified Crime Report. Austin jumped up to the No. 2 spot for cities with populations over 500,000. Previously Austin was ranked 3rdÂ the previous year.
The FBI study showed that as a whole, violent crimes and rape were decreasing, while murder, aggravated assault and property crime are increasing. Murders in Austin were reported to have a slight rise, from 27 in 2011 to 33 this past year.Â
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo is proud of Austin's ranking even with the slight increase in statistics from 2011. Acevedo credits a good relationship between Austin's citizens and police force, as well as the hard work of Austin's law enforcement officers to the increase in ranking this past year. Â
Cain and Company with Keller Williams Realty is pleased with Austin's safety accolade. As the city's population grows every year, it a fantastic that Austin ranks in safety rises despite more people coming in to the area.Â
There are many options that home owners can implement to increase their homeâ€™s safety. Occupants can install solid deadbolt locks on doors, record all serial numbers of valuable electronics, as well as take pictures of any valuable including jewelry. Another safety tip would be to just keep on eye out on your neighborhood. You can participate in neighborhood watch programs, or just be sure to alert authorities if you witness any suspicious activities. Â Â
If you are thinking about relocating to the Austin area, then contact our Austin real estate team at 512.522.4659 to learn more about the Austin area in general. We can provide you with a complimentary relocation guide, as well as help educate you in which areas of Austin have the safest crime statistics.Â