Safety first: Tega Cay safest city in S.C; Fort Mill 7th

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.

SafeWise.com, an organization that compares security systems and providers, listed its “40 Safest Cities in South Carolina” last Monday. The website ranked Tega Cay first, Fort Mill seventh. Rankings came from compiled local and federal crime data.

Charlie Funderburk, city manager for Tega Cay, credited Police Chief Rick Evelsizer and the Tega Cay Police Department for the recent honor.

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

Eligible municipalities have more than 2,000 residents as of 2012. Violent and property crimes from FBI statistics went into the calculation, where SafeWise accounted for varying populations by figuring the likelihood of a crime per 1,000 people.

“I discovered 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.

Tega Cay topped the rankings with a .76 violent crime and 11.47 property crime index number.

Evelsizer said his City Council provides necessary funding 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.

Fort Mill scored a 2.25 violent crime index and 20.12 for property crimes.

Between the local municipalities came Edgefield, Mount Pleasant, Ninety Six, Landrum and Mauldin. Rounding out the top 10 were Cowpens at No. 8, followed by Wellford and Burnettown.

Rock Hill is the only other York County municipality to make the list, at No. 40.

John Marks •  803-831-8166

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