Sugar Land among list of safest cities in America

SUGAR LAND, TX New crime stats published by the FBI gave Sugar Land those honors. The rankings of the safest cities and metropolitan areas are calculated using murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft statistics.

"We are committed to providing exceptional public safety services and taking a leadership role in building community partnerships," said Sugar Land Police Chief Doug Brinkley in a city press release. "It's important for us to stay connected to the community, which enables us to work together to create a safe environment to live and work."

Sugar Land's violent crime rate decreased 11 percent during 2009, according to statistics included in the Sugar Land Police Department's most recent annual report. The violent crime rate there in 2009 was 1.38 per capita, down from 1.55 in 2008, which is below the state's violent crime rate of 5.08 per capita and the nation at 4.55.

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