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Now, now, Irvine -- no bragging about those crime stats

September 16, 2008 |  3:33 pm

Irvine is one of those cities that seem to always rise to top of all those "best city" rankings. With great schools, low crime, neatly planned communities and lots of jobs -- why not? The latest crime numbers by the FBI again rank it as the safest city of its size in America (Irvine's been there before, vying with towns like Mission Viejo and Simi Valley). Should we brag? According to the OC Register:

And although an FBI disclaimer released along with the yearly numbers discourages ranking of any sort, stating that doing so leads to simplistic and incomplete analyses of the numbers, that didn't stop the city of Irvine from pointing out where it stood in the numbers. "Safest Big City in America Four Years in a Row," read a statement from the Irvine Police Department released the same day.

The Times' Joel Rubin reports that L.A. is recording low crime numbers not seen since 1967.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Robert Gauthier / LAT