Lynn Haven Among Florida's Safest Cities

LYNN HAVEN, Fla. - A new report by the National Council for Homeland Security ranks Lynn Haven the 41st safest city in Florida.

The ranking measures cities in Florida with a population over ten thousand. 

The National Council for Homeland Security said they reviewed the most recent FBI uniform crime statistics.

The cities were ranked according to the number of violent crimes including murder, robberies, sexual assault, and more. 

Property crimes also contributed to the rankings. 

Out of the 157 cities listed, sits one of Bay County's own, Lynn Haven, ranked at number 41. 

"I credit all of that to our police force," Lynn Haven's City Manager, Michael White, said.

White also said says he credits the city's commission for listening to their community's needs. 

"A lot of them live here in Lynn Haven. They take pride in their job each day," he said.

Police Chief Matt Riemer said his team can't possibly take all of the credit. 

"It's not the police department, it's not the citizens, it's a combination of both," he said.

Riemer said the community policing concept of "see something say something" strengthened that relationship.

"Patrolling the streets, getting out, knowing the neighborhoods, meeting folks, talking with them," he said.

Bay County's larger cities are found further down on the list.

Panama City ranked at 139 and Panama City Beach ranked 155 out of 157 total on the list.

Panama City Beach Mayor Mike Thomas said the city's high tourism rates should be considered.

"Most of the other cities that ranked better than us don't have tourists, don't have transit and things that we do. I think the residents feel pretty safe and we're doing pretty good," Thomas said.

The full list of safest cities can be found here:

https://www.alarms.org/safest-cities-in-florida-2018/


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