Reno ranked 17th safest city

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Reno ranked 17th safest city

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Reno has been ranked as one of the safest cities in America.

Reno has been ranked as one of the safest cities in America.

Business Insider ranks Reno as the 17th safest city of more than 200,000 people in the U.S. The report uses the FBI's most recent statistics for murder, rape, and robbery from last year.

Reno's murder rate is 35% below the national average. Its rape rate is 46% lower and the robbery rate is 25% lower.

Reno Police Sergeant Scott Shaw says these numbers are coming after the department lost 100 officers, more than a quarter of its force, during the recession.

"With the reduced personnel, we really needed to maximize our resources. One of those has been the intelligence-led policing initiative. And what that allows us to do is really focus on crime trends, and we pay very close attention to those; we've got an excellent crime analysis unit."

Just last week, Reno Police led an operation targeting thieves stealing catalytic convertors from trucks and SUVS to sell as scrap metal.

"We had a rash of them that we noticed through our crime analysis department and they were able to put together very limited information on a vehicle description, set up an operation in an area where it was occurring, and they actually witnessed four subjects stealing a catalytic converter and they were able to make an arrest right there."

Among the top twenty safest cities, nine are located in the Southwest and an additional six are in California.

 None of the 25 most dangerous cities are in the Southwest and Irvine, California has been the safest city for nine consecutive years.

Michigan tops the most dangerous list with Flint holding the # 1 spot and Detroit at #2.

For the first time since 2006, the national crime rate increased from 2011 to 2012 by 1.2 percent