Sugar Land in Fort Bend County was recently named America's 12th safest city, based on an analysis of FBI crime statistics. The Washington-based CQ Press ranks the safest and most dangerous cities and metropolitan areas using six basic crime categories: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft. That analysis puts Sugar Land on top as the safest city in Texas.
"Anytime you can be recognized as having a safe city, I think that's the goal and we're proud to be recognized in the survey."
Doug Brinkley is the city's police chief that oversees a force of 149 officers. He credits a strong police presence and active citizens for the low crime rate.
"One of our biggest things this year is really working with the public, as far as educational programs, getting out to the schools, every social activity and event, and really getting the word out for everyone to take their valuables out of plain sight. So I think we attribute the safe city moniker to some of those initiatives that we've really been trying to partner with our stakeholders more this year than ever before."
With a population of over 80-thousand residents, Sugar Land has the most master-planned communities in Fort Bend County, which is home to the largest number of master-planned communities in the nation. Brinkley says with that comes commerce to fuel that growth.
"Everything we do, from the commercial area to the different events, we try to make sure we have adequate staffing, to make sure we can respond to calls for service. So we'll continue to do that no matter what the growth."
In a separate ranking of metro areas, Houston was listed as the 27th most dangerous metro area in the country.