Unless you’ve recently been robbed, stabbed or shot at, it may come as little surprise that the cities of Oxnard, Thousand Oaks and Ventura have been jointly ranked 15th among the most secure metropolitan regions in the United States.
The three cities were ranked 15th most secure after the completion of the Third Annual Farmers Insurance Group of Companies study — a study with rankings compiled by “database experts,” according to information released by the Farmers Insurance Group.
Jeff Beyer, senior vice-president and chief communications officer for Farmers, said a secure environment “offers the well-being necessary to succeed in today’s fast-paced world,” while Jerry Davies, director of media relations for Farmers Insurance Group, said people from all over the country take such rankings into account before deciding to relocate. “It’s excellent to be there, believe me,” Davies said. “As far as the survey goes, it’s excellent to be in the top 20.”
Farmers’ rankings took into account crime statistics, extreme weather, risk of natural disasters, environmental hazards, terrorist threats and job-loss numbers “in 114 United States metropolitan areas with populations of 500,000 or more.”
Because Oxnard, Thousand Oaks and Ventura would not have reached a 500,000-strong population separately, the statistics for each of the three cities were compiled individually before being combined aggregately, Davies said.
“It took all of the cities, including all neighborhoods, into account and kind of combined them,” he said. “They were each studied by themselves, but the combination was made strictly to get to the 500,000 population. All statistics were studied in each of the three.”
Davies said local disaster response times were also considered in ranking the cities. “A great example is how they handled the Moorpark fire this last weekend,” Davies said of response to local emergencies. “That’s the kind of thing that gets high ratings.”
The study found that Boise City and Nampa, in southwestern Idaho, is the No. 1 most secure metropolitan area in the country, while the Portland–South/Portland–Biddeford area of Maine ranked second and the Las Vegas/Paradise region of Nevada was third. Honolulu, Hawaii,took fourth place, and the Sacramento/Arden/Arcade/Roseville area of California took fifth.