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Safe in Lincoln? Or safer in Auburn?

Web-based statistics point safety seekers to Lincoln and Rocklin
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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Is Lincoln or Auburn one of the safest cities in California?

Judging from websites that compile statistics and rank communities on their level of public safety, Auburn has some serious catching up to do with Lincoln, nearby Rocklin and Loomis.

Here’s what the online survey of rankings found:

Lincoln security

BackgroundChecks.org ranks what it considers the safest towns in California this year, using what it describes as proprietary research data that includes violent-crime and property-crime rates.

Hillsborough, in the Bay Area, is one of the nation’s wealthiest enclaves and ranks No. 1 in the BackgroundChecks.org list of 50 safest Golden State cities. Lincoln tops the Placer County list, with a No. 5 ranking statewide. Rocklin weighs in at No. 30. Auburn isn’t in the BackgroundChecks.org Top 50.

No harm, no foul there. Auburn could still have just missed making the cut right? Well not so fast.

Better than Roseville

Personal finance website ValuePenguin.com lists more than 400 California communities in terms of safety based on crime rates. Auburn is ranked No. 210 while Lincoln is No. 23 and Rocklin is 74th. Roseville gets a 219th ranking.

Lincoln, by the way, gets the ValuePenguin nod as the state’s fifth-safest mid-size city. Mid-size is described as between 20,000 and 50,000 population. Hillsborough – there’s that name again – is California’s safest smaller city, with a population under 20,000. California, by the way, has 482 incorporated cities and 121 charter cities.

Safewise.com’s safest Top 50 cities

Safewise.com’s list of 50 Safest Cities in California for 2016 also doesn’t show any love for Auburn. Lincoln jumped from No. 25 to No. 19 in its ratings. Violent crimes per 1,000 residents were at 0.37 compared to Auburn’s 3.22. The California average is 3.96 or one violent crime for every 242 residents.