Keller ranks high for being safe, scenic and a great place to raise a family

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Keller has bragging rights to a safe city recognition list: Movoto’s.

On the Movoto Real Estate blog, staff conducted its own analysis — naming Keller the second safest city in Texas, coming right behind Flower Mound.

Movoto, a licensed brokerage in more 30 states, compiled information from various sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau and the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting program to find crime data, including murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts and vehicle thefts.

On the Movoto Real Estate blog, staff conducted its own analysis — naming Keller the second safest city in Texas, coming right behind Flower Mound.

Police Chief Mark Hafner said it was an honor, adding that he wasn’t surprised to see Keller’s prominence on the list.

“It’s an engaged community with a great partnership between the police department and the community we serve,” the chief said.

One way the police department reaches out is through social media, including a Keller city website that attracts more than 5,000 followers.

Another is its Report Card program, where officers “scour the streets at night” to find parked vehicles with obvious valuable inside. When found, an officer puts a “report card” on the vehicle to ask that the valuables be secured to prevent the opportunity for vehicle theft — one of Keller’s major issues due, the chief said, to complacency because the city is known for being safe.

Overall, he said, Keller is a great and safe place, thanks in part to “support from the community, a City Council that puts public safety first, a dedicated crime sales tax and dedicated employees who are committed to protecting the citizens in the community.”

Movoto, a licensed brokerage in more than 30 states, compiled information from various sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau.

After Flower Mound and Keller, the safest cities were (in order) Friendswood, Little Elm, Allen, Missouri City, The Colony, Coppell, Leander and Rowlett.

In order to compare both places with large and small populations fairly, Movoto staff writer Natalie Grigson calculated crime rates based on crimes per 100,000 residents. It ranked each place from one to 100 in terms of murders, violent crimes, property crimes and total crimes.

So that murders, violent crimes and property crimes would account for more (because some crimes are more severe than others), Movoto weighted the rankings so they would be worth 30 percent of the overall score, where the total number of crimes would be worth 10 percent.

Movato then “averaged the weighted rankings into one overall Big Deal Score, with the lowest score being our safest place.

“Keller has always been an incredibly active, family-oriented community; visit one of our parks or attend one of our special events and that’s what you see — families,” said Dona Roth Kinney, who’s lived in Keller and served as its Parks and Recreation director for 21 years. “People feel safe here, they enjoy a great quality of life and they feel a sense of ownership in the city’s future. And those elements build on each other to attract more and more families looking for that type of environment to call home.”

Marty Sabota, 817-390-7367

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