The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the sixth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 20 Safest Cities in Arizona for 2020. See if your city made the list.
Both crime rates and levels of concern about safety in Arizona are on the decline. Whether you live in one of the state’s 20 safest cities or not, just calling The Grand Canyon State home puts you in a safer position this year than last.
Statewide, both violent and property crime rates decreased year over year. Arizona saw 4.7 violent crimes per 1,000 people in 2018; down from 5.1 the year before. Property crime saw an even bigger downturn—sliding from 29.1 incidents per 1,000 to 26.8.
Even though most afraid of break-ins, only 28% of Arizona respondents have a home security system.
Along with fewer statewide crimes, Arizona respondents to our2020 State of Safety surveyreported feeling less worried about their safety on a daily basis than they did in 2018. Participants who said they are highly concerned every day dropped seven percentage points year over year—from 47% to 40%.
Despite improvement year over year, Arizona still exceeds national violent and property crime rates (3.7 and 22.0, respectively).
Physical assault by a stranger topped the state’s list of violent crime worries for the second consecutive year. That lines up with crime statistics—aggravated assaults accounted for 69% of all violent crimes reported in Arizona.
Arizona is more worried about physical assault than the rest of the country, with 45% reporting high or very high concern compared to 40% nationwide.
Among the safest cities, aggravated assault made up 62% of all violent crimes reported.
Sexual assault by a stranger is the crime respondents felt was most likely to occur—30% named it highly likely.
There were 845 rapes reported by Arizona’s safest cities in 2018, making up 18% of the total violent crimes reported by those cities and 11% statewide.
Only 8% of survey respondents experienced a violent crime in the past 12 months—a decrease of 20% from last year.
Property Crime in Arizona: Fear vs. Reality
Arizona historically holds higher property crime rates than the national average, but rates are dropping year over year. In 2019, The Grand Canyon State had fewer people experience a property crime (22%) than the national average (26%).
Arizona’s biggest property crime fear is a break-in when the resident is not at home, with 62% naming it their top worry. That’s right on par with nationwide concern.
Break-ins when the resident is not at home is also the crime respondents felt was most likely to happen.
Even though folks worry about break-ins, burglaries accounted for only 14% of all property crimes among the safest cities.
28% of people surveyed use a home security system, but the most prevalent forms of protection are security cameras and guard dogs, coming in at 33% each.
A Closer Look at Arizona’s Safest Cities of 2020
For the purposes of this report, the terms “dangerous” and “safest” refer explicitly to crime rates as calculated from FBI crime data—no other characterization of any community is implied or intended.
Rebecca is the lead safety reporter and in-house expert for SafeWise.com. She has been a journalist and blogger for over 25 years, with a focus on home and community safety for the past six. Rebecca spends dozens of hours every month testing and evaluating security products and strategies. Her safety expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her work and contributions in places like TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, HGTV, MSN, and an ever-growing library of radio and TV clips. Learn more