The 2011 edition of the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report has been released, and in the category of North Texas cities with populations between 10,000 and 100,000 the report finds that Murphy has placed second in terms of the lowest number of violent and property crimes, according to Chief of Police GM Cox, PhD.
When listing all Texas cities that fit the population category, Murphy has the fourth lowest number of combined violent and property crimes.
“Every one of our officers strives to provide the highest level of customer service to residents on a daily basis. Our priority is providing an atmosphere of safety and security around the clock,” he said.
The city’s 2011 total of 11 violent crimes, as defined by the FBI’s program, is only one higher than 2010’s total.
On the property crimes side, Murphy attained the second lowest in North Texas at 119 for the year. That number represents an impressive drop of 34 such crimes from last year’s total.
“Our community is among the safest in the region for a variety of reasons, including the justifiable pride people take in their city, in their neighborhood and in their property. Of course, we continue to present as many crime prevention programs as we can, but it’s the effort of the residents in preventing crime that stands out,” said Cox.
The Murphy Police Department has 22 sworn full-time police officers, including the Chief, two reserve officers and eight staff members. Two citizen organizations also provide a force-multiplier for the department, Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) and Citizens on Patrol (COP). Supporting the operations of uniformed officers and the COP personnel are nine tele-communicators who respond to 9-1-1 calls and non-emergency calls and relay information to the field.
Significantly, Murphy was recently designated as seventh best Dallas suburb by D Magazine in their biennial survey. The magazine’s editors cited the low crime rate as a major contributing factor in the city’s high ranking. in 2011, Money Magazine named Murphy 27th Best Place to Line in America for small cities.
“We partner with residents to develop and promote programs that address crime prevention like Neighbor 2 Neighbor and National Night Out, among many others, to demonstrate the effectiveness of community policing. The results cited in the FBI report give us the impetus to continue to develop these crime prevention programs and share them with a receptive audience,” he concluded.