(KMOV.com) -- O’Fallon, Missouri has been named one of the safest cities in the country once again.
According to officials, it is not just quality police work that led to the honor, but community effort leading to tips. Officers credit residents for for being so alert, and residents say it has led to a sense of comfort.
“I have a sense of security living here,” said Harmony Vercimak. “It’s really nice.”
The ranking is based on FBI uniform crime reporting. Crimes range from murder and rape to larceny and arson.
O’Fallon ranks third safest in its population category and is the only Missouri city in the top 10. While police are city administrators are proud of the ranking, neither want the residents to ease up on their vigilence.
“We hope that citizens don’t get the idea that just because we’re ranked really high they should let their guard down,” said Diana Damke with the O’Fallon PD. “You should always be aware of your surroundings.”
The top crimes in the city remain those of opportunity, and police say findings like these can make communities like O’Fallon a target for theives looking for those residents lulled into a sense of security.