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EGR a top 10 safest city

From the EGR City newsletter:

"The East Grand Rapids Public Safety Department recently released its 2013 Annual Report. Here are a couple of highlights:

East Grand Rapids is once again one of the top 10 safest cities in the State of Michigan. In 2013, EGR recorded only 4 Part 1 Violent Crimes. Violent crimes are an extremely rare occurrence in East Grand Rapids and we want to keep it this way. Always be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious behavior or activity to the police.

There were, however, 136 Part 1 Property Crimes in 2013 which is a 48% increase from the five year low of 92 in 2012. Larcenies were up 84% (from 58 in 2012 to 107 in 2013). Most of these were "opportunity crimes" due to lax prevention efforts. We must all remember to lock the doors and windows of our residences and vehicles at all times and never leave valuables visible in a place where they can easily be taken. Sometimes we take our safety for granted because we are such a safe community. But, to remain this way we must always be vigilant and become routine in our safety habits."