According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the city of Murrieta’s crime rate is among the lowest in the nation for cities with a resident population of at least 100,000. Murrieta ranked seventh in the nation, fourth in California and first in Riverside County.
On an annual basis, the FBI releases national crime statistics. The FBI crime rate is based on “Part 1 crimes,” which includes murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, auto theft and arson.
“A critical component in Murrieta’s success is the long-time partnership between the Murrieta Police Department and the residents they serve,” said Lt. Rob Firmes of the Murrieta Police Department. “Both groups have a vested interest in keeping the crime rate low, and neither can succeed without the other.”
Police Chief Mike Baray echoed Firmes’ remarks: “Most of our officers on the force actually live in Murrieta, so they take great pride in keeping their city, families and neighbors safe.”
The city of Murrieta has ranked in the top ten lowest crime rates in the nation since its population surpassed 100,000 residents in 2007, something of which the city, its police department and citizens are very proud.
“We see this as an important aspect of economic development for the city,” said Bruce Coleman, Murrieta’s economic development director. “People want to move their businesses and families to safe cities with a great quality of life. That is what we offer in Murrieta.”