National group says Satellite Beach is one of Florida's safest communities
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You can feel safer in Satellite Beach than many other communities in Florida.
At least according to a report released Monday by the National Council for Home Safety and Security, a trade association comprised of home security professionals across the United States.
The organization released its "Safest Cities in Florida for 2018" list and Satellite Beach came in at No. 4, trailing only Parkland (No. 3), Weston (No. 2) and Marco Island (No. 1.)
The association said it used the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics, along with population data and internal research, to come up with its findings. Eliminated were cities failing to submit a complete crime report to the FBI. Also removed were cities with populations under 10,000.
The roughly 2 1/2 mile-long Satellite Beach, nestled between Patrick Air Force Base and the city of Melbourne, is known for its pleasantly mellow coastline and public parks, breaks that entice surfers all across the East Coast and a network of canals teeming with fish and manatees. Its population is just over 10,000.
It's other picturersque borders are the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Indian River to the west.
"We are what we are," said Satellite Beach Mayor Frank Catino, who has lived in Satellite Beach most of his life and noted its modest changes over the decades have maintained its quaintness and sense of safety.
"We try to make it a good community," he said.
The National Council for Home Safety and Security based its cities' rankings on :
- The number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery)
- property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft.
- Motor vehicle theft) per 1,000 people.
Those variables were then weighted, with violent crimes assigned a value 1.5 times (due to their severity) that of property crimes.
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