Tega Cay, Fort Mill, Rock Hill make ‘safest cities’ list

jmarks@fortmilltimes.comMay 6, 2014 

— By one measure, Tega Cay is the safest place to live in South Carolina – with Fort Mill not far behind and Rock Hill making the list.

SafeWise.com – an organization that compares security systems and providers – included the three York County communities in its “40 Safest Cities in South Carolina” rankings, which are based on local and federal crime data:

Tega Cay topped the rankings with ratings of 0.76 violent crimes per 1,000 residents and 11.47 property crimes per 1,000 residents.

Fort Mill was ranked seventh, with ratings of 2.25 violent crimes per 1,000 residents and 20.12 property crimes per 1,000 residents.

Rock Hill was ranked 40th, with ratings of 6.57 violent crimes per 1,000 residents and 37.83 property crimes per 1,000 residents.

Tega Cay City Manager Charlie Funderburk credited Police Chief Rick Evelsizer and the police department for the honor.

“They continually strive for excellence,” he said, “and it is great to see the city recognized for those efforts.”

SafeWise used FBI violent and property crime statistics to calculated the likelihood of a crime per 1,000 people. Eligible municipalities have more than 2,000 residents.

“An overwhelming majority of South Carolina’s safe cities successfully blend the best of Southern living with progressive programs and community policing,” said SafeWise security analyst Alexia Chianis.

Evelsizer said the City Council provides necessary money and support “year in and year out” for his department.

“I am extremely proud of our department and the work they put in on a daily basis to keep our city safe,” he said.

Here’s how SafeWise describes Tega Cay:

“When it’s time to mingle, Tega Cay residents hop on golf carts and head to neighborhood cookouts, where South Carolina barbecue takes center stage, or head for the city-owned Beach and Swim Center...Summer is sizzling with activity, but your family will enjoy a wealth of year-round activities...If your family is fortunate enough to transplant to Tega Cay, you won’t have to be anxious about crime.”

Here’s how SafeWise describes Fort Mill:

“In addition to a fascinating history, Fort Mill...offers loads of natural beauty. Fort Mill’s pioneering Adopt-a-Stream program proves that it has great respect for Mother Nature...Safe and creative, Fort Mill also has amazing schools and a relatively high median family income.”

Here’s how SafeWise describes Rock Hill:

“One reason why this large city remains safe is likely due to its number of neighborhood empowerment programs. The free services of the Neighborhood Empowerment Office offers are numerous and impressive, and the Rock Hill Council of Neighborhoods is dedicated to preserving and promoting Rock Hill’s neighborhoods...Community participation in National Night Out has been growing over the years...Strong communities are built upon safe streets and a commitment to the welfare of others. Rock Hill is a shining example.”

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