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Pleasanton ranked as 10th safest city in California to raise a child, 30th best in U.S.

Quality schools, high median income contribute to designation as a safe community for families

Achieving national recognition as one of the safest communities in the country, Pleasanton has been ranked as the 10th safest city in California to raise a child and the 30th safest in the United States, in a recent study conducted by a national security company.

Using data compiled using FBI violent and property crime report statistics, Safewise -- a home and online security provider -- compiled a list of the 50 Safest Cities to Raise a Child in the nation, and found that a multitude of factors such as median income, quality schools and graduation rates contribute to Pleasanton being one of the safest communities in the United States.

Using data compiled from FBI violent and property crime report statistics from 2017 -- the most recent year full data is available -- Safewise gave cities a “safety score” based not only off of the number of violent and property crimes that occur in the area, but also the number of sex offenders found in a community, graduation rates and the median income. Using these statistics, Safewise found that Pleasanton had a safety score of 90.81.

Safewise researchers also ranked nearby San Ramon exceptionally well, with a safety score of 95.40, San Ramon achieved designation as the safest city in California to raise a child and the tenth safest in the nation to do so.

Researchers also found that the national overall safety score has been improving greatly over the past couple of decades, with FBI statistics indicating that violent crime in the United States has fallen 49% since 1993, and property crime has also decreased 50% during the same period.

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Posted by Victoria
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 21, 2019 at 9:56 am

When one clicks on the highlighted area of the story, the actual article states San Ramon as #7 and Pleasanton is #30. So not quite sure where the person who wrote the article got his information.


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Posted by Comprehension
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 21, 2019 at 10:15 am

Vic-
You would do well to re-read the article. It clearly states "Pleasanton has been ranked as the 10th safest city in California to raise a child and the 30th safest in the United States..."


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 21, 2019 at 5:54 pm

.....but wait, I thought we got scored super low in police behavior...some report Kathleen posted?

Well, whatever our police are doing, they’re going well. Thank you PPD


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 21, 2019 at 6:28 pm

How are the juvenile delinquents in Pleasanton that are running around damaging, vandalizing, PUSD schools factored into this analysis? Is it because they are safe in Pleasanton?


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 21, 2019 at 7:24 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

PP, inappropriate police behavior is not the same as a safe community (it was an independent agency that used state data supplied by community government—we got an F).

I want you to think about just the complaints filed about the police—especially how brave you have to be to file that complaint. There were 2 complaints in 2017. There were 10 complaints in 2018. That is a large jump. Yet those complaints, and Internal Affairs, are reviewed and, so far, dismissed by the Chief of Police. There is no report to the City Council. There is no independent oversight (there are several models for this).

Of course I think we have good officers and a safe community because of those dedicated people.


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 21, 2019 at 8:20 pm

Complaints mean nothing to me anymore. Our society biatches about everything, is offended by everything.....I'm sure there was a time when complaints were meaningful (i.e. people guilty of crimes didnt have the cajones to leverage a complaint against the police officer for personal injury they suffered in the course of a fight with an arresting officer). Today, I measure officer trials and convictions as a barameter of health to that metric.

That prisoner in dublin that was singled out and beat up, bad officer, deserves jail time.
The officer that defended himself against an attacking adult, sorry, complain all you want, unfortunate, sad, not a negative against the health of the dept


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Posted by Mark
a resident of Charter Oaks
on Aug 21, 2019 at 10:18 pm

Dear Victoria, the article in Pleasanton Weekly does say Pleasanton was 30th nationally. That is consistent with references article that ranks San Ramon 7th and Pleasanton 30th in a list of cities in the nation. I didn't see data for the state to comment on Pleasanton being 19th statewide. Perhaps, before critisizing the journalist for their errors, it would be prudent to make sure you are doing your due diligence.


6 people like this
Posted by Anony
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 21, 2019 at 11:52 pm

Well now that the axe throwing business got approved, I reckon we'll drop down a few notches


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 22, 2019 at 8:21 am

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

From the methodology: Cities were excluded from this list if they fell below the population threshold of 75,000 or didn’t submit a complete crime report to the FBI. To level the playing field, violent and property crime rates were calculated per 1,000 people in each city.


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Posted by Safe from what? or Who
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 26, 2019 at 12:57 pm

Safe is a relative term.

Safe from??????

Michael Autin poses a provacative question...

I am sure that juvenal crime is not captured.

Just ask Dave Lamont how "safe" he felt.

He was beaten to near death in his driveway by Pleasanton teens.

Good job PPD keeping Dave Lamont "safe".

SouthEast Hills in Pleasanton are a known gathering point for youth, making trouble & disturbing neighbors.


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