FBI report: Mesa is one of the safest cities in the country

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MESA, Ariz. -- A new FBI report names Mesa as one of the safest cities not just in the state, but in the entire country.

Mesa, Arizona's third biggest city behind Phoenix and Tucson, was grouped with other cities with populations of 400,000 or more.

"Among cities our size or larger, Mesa had the 3rd lowest Violent crime rate and 4th lowest Property crime rate …," Mesa police Sgt. Tony Landato wrote in a news release. "Mesa is experiencing historic lows in crime and by all accounts, 2013 will be lower than 2012."

Mesa Police Chief Frank Milstead, who took over the department in 2010, said the partnerships and relationships his department has built with the community are part of the city's success.

"With the trust and support of a community all things are possible. Without these, little can be accomplished," he said. "We value greatly the strong relationship we enjoy with the citizens of Mesa and recognize that this success is as much theirs as it is ours."

"The Mesa Police Department's extensive use of intelligence led policing and predictive policing policies are just a few of the many reasons why Mesa is one of the safest cities in the United States," said District 3 Councilman Dennis Kavanaugh, who is chair of the Council Public Safety Committee.

The FBI's Crime in the United States 2012 report looks at violent crime -- murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault -- and property crime, including burglary, larceny, car theft and arson.