Round Rock ranked among safest cities in state, nation

A decrease in crime between 2010 and 2011 earned Round Rock a top spot with Texas' safest cities, according to a CQ Press study.

CQ recently released "City Crime Rankings 2013: Crime in Metropolitan America," its annual analysis of crime statistics. For the second consecutive year, Round Rock ranked second among the safest Texas cities with populations of at least 100,000. It also ranked 16th among the safest cities of 100,000 or more in the United States, according to CQ Press, a Washington, D.C.–based national publication firm.

According to the CQ study, Round Rock saw a 4 percent crime drop between 2010 and 2011 in six of seven Part 1 category crimes, which include murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and vehicle theft.

"It's truly amazing that the number of crimes fell in a year when Round Rock was the second-fastest growing city in the country," Round Rock Mayor Alan McGraw said in a news release. "That we saw the actual number of major crimes decrease—by a significant percentage—is testament to the excellence of the men and women in our police department."

The city also said Round Rock has seen an 18 percent decrease in the frequency of crimes from 3,132 incidents to 2,559 in the Part 1 categories and larceny from 2010 to 2011.

"This kind of recognition really reflects on the entire community, not just the police department," Round Rock Police Chief Tim Ryle said. "We continue to see the success of our proactive approaches to crime control, which are centered on our partnership with the community. It's a real team effort."

By Korri Kezar
Korri Kezar graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011 with a degree in journalism. She worked for Community Impact Newspaper's Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto edition for two years before moving to Dallas. Five years later, she returned to the company to launch Community Impact Newspaper's Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth edition, where she covers local government, development, transportation and a variety of other topics. She has also worked at the San Antonio Express-News, Austin-American Statesman and Dallas Business Journal.