Brier, Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds were named among the 50 safest cities in Washington State by SafeWise.com, a home security reference and comparison website. Brier landed at No. 13 on list; Edmonds came in at No. 27, while Mountlake Terrace made the list at No. 39.
SafeWise created the list through independent research and an examination of the 2012 FBI Crime Report.
In placing Brier at #13 on its listing, SafeWise described the city as a wooded rural area that, despite its location just 15 miles from downtown Seattle, is able to “maintain a small town feel.” The home security website also state that Brier reported no “arson, rapes, murders or robberies in 2012.”
“I think our residents, along with neighborhood policing, make Brier a safe community,” said Brier Mayor Bob Colinas on Monday. “Our residents communicate with each other and our Police Department when they see something that appears out of place. In short we look out for each other in Brier.”
As for Mountlake Terrace, the SafeWise report said: “This is the kind of town where everyone turns out on Friday night to watch the Mountlake Terrace High School Hawks go up against their latest foe and wins and losses are collectively celebrated and mourned. Residents also take pride in keeping their safe and secure city dotted with well-maintained homes and manicured lawns. Every year the Evergreen Awards honor property owners and renters who go above and beyond when it comes to beautifying, improving and renovating their homes.”
Topping the list of safest cities in Washington was Connell, a town of 5,300 located in southeastern Washington, 37 miles from Pasco. Other Snohomish County cities to make the list were Mukilteo (16), Mill Creek (17), Lake Stevens (26), Bothell (28), Stanwood (30), Monroe (40) and Marysville (41). You can view the entire list here.