Butler County Times Gazette
  • Andover No. 2, El Dorado No. 9 of safest cities in Kansas

  • Real estate's Safest City in Kansas list
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  • Two Butler County towns have something to brag about. Andover and El Dorado were named to the Safest City in Kansas List.
    Andover came in second, while El Dorado placed ninth.
    On Monday, Real Estate Web site Movoto.com released their 10 safest cities in Kansas. Movoto.com compared all cities in Kansas with a population of 10,000 or more, using the 2012 FBI crime data as the primary focus. More specifically, their research broke the analysis into four parts, murder, violent crimes, property crimes and total crimes.
    According to the release, “locals of Andover can breathe easy tonight knowing they live in the second safest place in the state. With very low numbers in crime, including three rapes, one robbery, nine assaults, and only 14 burglaries per 100,000 people in 2012, it’s hard to argue with that ranking. Not bad for a city of 11,839 people. Tying with Prairie Village for safest in terms of murder and violent crime, this place had the third lowest crime overall. It all came together in the city’s locals having only a 1 in 340 chance of being the victim of a crime. Compared to Kansas City, where locals have a 1 in 12 chance of being a victim of a crime, that’s pretty amazing.”
    “We are honored to be named the second safest city in the state of Kansas. A great deal of this credit goes to our nationally-accredited Police Department which does an excellent job working with the community and creating an environment that deters crime,” Sasha Stiles, Andover city administrator.
    Regarding El Dorado, the study says, “True to its name, this city is certainly gilded when it comes to safety. El Dorado had only 515 crimes per 100,000 people in total during 2012, made up of no murders, 57 violent crimes, and 458 property crimes per 100,000 people. Compared to many other cities, that’s pretty astounding. More specifically, this location had seven rapes, three robberies, and 47 assaults per 100,000 people, which means this is a pretty nonviolent place. So nonviolent, in fact, that locals have only a 1 in 194 chance of being the victim of a crime, with the likelihood that it would be a violent one even lower.”
    “I think it’s wonderful. It’s just a reflection of the community and I think our public safety department,” said Herb Llewellyn, El Dorado city manager. “I think it helps tell our story to the state of Kansas so I am really excited and quite happy.”
    The full list included: Prairie Village, 2. Andover, 3. Lansing, 4. Haysville, 5. Ottawa, 6. Gardner, 7. Atchison, 7. Derby, 9. El Dorado, 10. Parsons.
    “This list just goes to show that great things come in small packages, especially when it comes to safety,” the Web site states. “These small places with strong communities and lots of peace and quiet offer safety to all locals.”

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