Round Rock named among safest US cities


by JIM BERGAMO / KVUE News and photojournalist DOUG NAUGLE &

Posted on February 4, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 4 at 7:41 PM

ROUND ROCK -- The latest crime numbers from the FBI once again show Round Rock as one of the safest cities in the country.

While customers at the Krave wine bar and bistro enjoyed lunch, city leaders were busy digesting Round Rock's lofty rankings, recently released in the CQ Press Crime in Metropolitan America for 2013.

CQ's findings show, for the second consecutive year, Round Rock ranked as the second safest among Texas cities with a population of at least 100,000.

"When you ask people what they're interested in safety is always at the very top of the list," said Round Rock Mayor Alan McGray. "It doesn't matter how much money you make or anything. If you are not safe you don't feel good about your community." 

The report goes on to show there were 573 fewer major crimes in Round Rock in 2011 than there were in 2010. Those crimes include murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft.

"To see that crime actually went down," said McGraw. "Major crimes actually went down by 18 percent in the same year the census bureau said we are the second fastest growing city in the nation. It makes you feel good."

Susan Mendenhall, the co-owner of Krave's, said it's one of the reasons she wanted to move to Round Rock and open her restaurant more than a year ago.

"Having a business in, first of all a town that is growing like Round Rock is, and then to know it's one of the safest cities (is a comfort)," Mendenhall said.

Round Rock residents and those who work here agree.

"It was very encouraging to hear that it's such a safe city," said Leighan Copple, who works in Round Rock.

"I love the fact that this is a safe city," said Round Rock resident Chemere Fisher. "It makes me feel like I made a great choice moving here."

Texas city Frisco, just north of Dallas, topped the safety ranking list.