The town of Frisco is one of Colorado’s safest places to live, according to a recent report by SafeWise, a security organization that specializes in online consulting services.
Frisco ranked 26th and was the only town in Summit County listed in the report. The town of Eagle, in neighboring Eagle County, also made the list at No. 21.
In compiling the report, SafeWise focused on towns with a population of at least 2,000 people and ranked them in order of safest cities after analyzing 2012 FBI crime data, according to a SafeWise news release.
SafeWise focused on violent crimes, such as aggravated assault, murder and robbery, and property crimes, such as arson, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft, in compiling its list. The chances of a violent or property crime occurring was weighted per 1,000 residents to be fair to town’s with higher populations, the release stated.
According to the report, in 2012 Frisco experienced 1.47 violent crimes and 12.51 property crimes per every 1,000 residents.
“Safety and security are paramount in all of these Colorado cities,” said SafeWise security analyst Carolyn Heneghan in the release. “These cities have devoted police departments, as well as personal dedication from residents wanting to keep their homes, families, friends and communities safe.”
Frisco Police Chief Tom Wickman said Thursday he wasn’t entirely surprised by the SafeWise report considering the department’s philosophy of fostering strong community bonds through communication, trust and respect, and by being proactive and highly visible. As an example, Frisco police officers perform nightly door checks at local businesses and maintain a database of after-hours phone numbers to alert an owner if a store is unlocked.
“This is just one example of how we work in conjunction with the community to keep Frisco safe,” Wickman said. “This is a regular part of what we do. At the end of the day the Frisco Police Department officers really care about this community, and hence, their actions inherently reflect that.”
But the police department’s dedication doesn’t end with full-time residents, Wickman said. His officers also go out of their way to address the needs and concerns of visitors.
Just last week, Wickman said he received a complimentary email from George and Melissa Vagujhely, of Reno.
Earlier this month, the Vagujhelys were lost trying to find the location of a condo they had rented in town. Rather than continue to drive in circles, the Vagujhelys decided to park and look for their condo on foot.
While the couple was walking around town, they were approached by Sgt. Ahmet Susic who warned them of a bear in the area. When they told him they were lost, Susic escorted the Vagujhelys to the other side of town to their condo.
In the email, Melissa Vagujhely thanked Susic and Wickman for the “kind and unexpected assistance.”
“Part of having a safe community is that we don’t cultivate an adversarial relationship with citizens and visitors,” Wickman said. “Instead we work together with citizens and visitors to prevent issues or resolve them with respect and professionalism.”