Almost every parent gets their guard up on Halloween. Potential dangers abound when kids go trapesing through the streets after dark to knock on the doors of strangers.
Some safety concerns have been overblown — like drugs in your kids’ trick-or-treat loot. But others, such as pedestrian safety, are entirely valid.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has released a list of the safest cities for trick-or-treating this year. Rankings were based on an analysis of more than 300 census-defined places with a population of 100,000 or higher. Five variables were weighted equally: pedestrian fatalities (per 10,000), violent crime (per 10,000), property crime (per 10,000), number of registered sex offenders (per 10,000), and number of law enforcement employees (per 10,000).
These five California cities made it into the top 25:
Irvine (#10 nationally)
Glendale (#12 nationally)
Carlsbad (#18 nationally)
Murrieta (#21 nationally)
Sunnyvale (#22 nationally)
Read the report here.
List and data were compiled by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and do not reflect statistics on all cities.