Local cities rank high in safety, according to SafeWise list

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The Murrieta Police Department's station in Murrieta Town Square. Valley News/Will Fritz file photo
According to SafeWise, an independent review site, the city of Murrieta ranks as the fifth safest city in the state of California, falling in line just behind Danville which was first overall, Irvine, Rancho Santa Margarita and Yorba Linda. Also appearing on the top 50 cities list was Temecula at No. 15, Menifee at No. 31 and Wildomar at No. 43.  The study factors in violent crime and property crime rates per 1,000 residents and lists the median income of each city as well as the total population.  According to SafeWise, 86% of this year’s safest cities are on the list for the second consecutive year and Southern California cities held 30 of the 50 spots on the list.  Murrieta had a violent crime rate of 0.71 and a property crime rate of 14 per 1,000 residents, according t
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