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The Granite Planet

How Safe Is Apple Valley?

Keegan Pettyfer, Writer

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Have you ever thought about how safe your community is?

Apple Valley might not be as safe as you have been thinking. With a population of 72,553, you have a 1 in 35 chance of being a victim of either violent or property crime. According to FBI crime data, Apple Valley has a crime rate higher than 71% of the nation’s cities\. It is not one of the safest cities in America, but our close neighbor city Victorville is in the top 10 list of most dangerous cities in California coming in at number 9.

The crime index for Apple Valley shows that annually there are 315 violent crimes; 4 murders, 26 rapes, 74 robberies, and 211 assaults. Property crimes annually are around 1,741; 418 burglaries, 1067 thefts, and 256 motor vehicle thefts. All together there is a total of 2,056 crimes yearly.

Compared to other communities with similar sizes in America, the Apple Valley crime rate is near average. It is in the middle of the spectrum from being less dangerous to more dangerous with similar sized communities. Violent crimes in Apple Valley occur at a rate higher than in most communities of all population sizes in America. The chance is 1 in 230 of being a victim of a violent crime. There is an above average chance of becoming a victim of property crimes, which is 1 out of 42. Apple Valley has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation. We all need to work together to help to reduce crime in our town.

You should know the things that go on around you so you yourself can stay protected and feel safer at certain places.

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