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Posted on: January 31, 2019

[ARCHIVED] West U Makes List of Texas’ Safest Cities

WU_logo_primaryWest U Makes List of Texas’ Safest Cities

The City of West University Place has been named one of the top 10 safest cities in Texas in a recent report published by The Home Security Advisor.

Mayor Susan Sample was not surprised by the ranking. “West U is a very safe place to live and raise a family.  Our residents can feel safe with an average police and fire response time of three minutes, which is quite remarkable considering we live within the fourth largest metropolitan area in the US and help is only minutes away.” 

One of the contributing factors to the City’s above-average response time, (the national average is over nine minutes) is DirectLink, a municipally owned and operated home security and fire monitoring system. It allows residential and business alarms to go directly to the City’s dispatch center, cutting valuable minutes off of the response time associated with traditional third-party alarm services.

The site, which ranks and reviews the home security and personal safety industry, writes, “In our experience, the towns, cities, and communities listed in our Top 50 share a number of qualities of which their residents should be proud. These are strong leadership, dedicated law enforcement, and an active citizenry. These are the key ingredients that combine to make these communities among the safest and most desirable places to reside and raise a family.”

The Home Security Advisor rankings were calculated using the 2017 FBI Uniform Crime Report results with respect to towns and cities with five-thousand residents or higher, who reported their crime data. Figures were weighted to indicate the seriousness of the criminal activity accurately. Violent crimes were factored by .60 and property crimes by .40. This number was then divided by the population in the community and normalized to reflect weighted criminal offenses per 100,000.

The article and a full listing can be found at The City of West University Place was recently named the top city in the United States in which to live by Wall Street 24/7.


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