Editorial: Safe in your home(town)
Polls and surveys, as we saw this election cycle, can be interesting, but also misleading.
The crime survey in our report can be looked at a couple different ways.
I personally like the way that Prescott Valley Police Chief Bryan Jarrell reversed the how the study expressed rankings: “I am pleased that Prescott Valley ranks as the 12th safest city in Arizona. As the largest municipality in Yavapai County, ensuring the peace and safety of our citizens is our greatest responsibility.”
Looked at the other way around, Prescott Valley ranked as the 28th most dangerous city in the state.
Surveys like this are a good chance to open dialogue on local crime.
As Chief Jarrell pointed out, the area’s most prevalent crimes seem to be drug related, domestic violence incidents and retail theft.
Of course no crime is acceptable, but when you look at the murder rates around the country, we seem to live in a fairly peaceful area in comparison.
In fact, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s crime statistics lists of various size cities and violent crime rates only list one Arizona name — South Tucson.
Whether you moved here for the small town atmosphere, the education, the climate or something else, everyone has a duty to be vigilant. As the police like to say, “See something, say something.” You may prevent — or solve — a crime.
Consider joining the conversation on local safety by heading out to the next Coffee With A Cop event.