The town of Danville was named the ninth-safest city in the state, according to a security-industry ranking released Monday.
"We are very excited to see the town of Danville get this ranking," Danville police chief Steve Simpkins said. "Knowing that we are in the top 10 safest cities in California is something we could not have achieved without the combination of an excellent partnership with the community and great police work."
The website SafeWise, which examines security news and reviews home-security products, compiled its list of "The 50 Safest Cities in California" after analyzing the most recent FBI Crime in the U.S. Report and reviewing its internal research on safety.
In ranking Danville at No. 9, SafeWise lauded the town of about 43,000 for having a strong sense of community, family-friendly atmosphere and desirable location in the Bay Area.
Saratoga, located southwest of San Jose, topped the list as the state's safest city, while Rancho Santa Margarita, Los Altos, Aliso Viejo and Temple City rounded out the top five.
Some nearby cities cracked SafeWise's top 50, including San Ramon (10th), Dublin (35th) and Pleasanton (45th).
Jurisdictions needed a minimum population of 20,000 to qualify. SafeWise relied on data reflecting 2011 crime statistics.