Goleta is reportedly one of the safest cities in the country according to NeighborhoodScout[[.com]], an enterprise-grade data collector for every neighborhood and city in the United States.
The Santa Barbara County suburb sits at number 95 in its annual compilation of the top 100 safest cities in America. The calculations include cities with a minimum population of 25,000 and are based on the city’s total recorded number of crimes per 1,000 inhabitants. Crimes that were included in the generation of safest cities include burglary, motor vehicle theft, homicide, forcible rape, larceny-theft, armed robbery and aggravated assault, among other crimes.
Goleta is one of the 23 cities in California to be on the list and the only city ranked in Santa Barbara County. Goleta’s Director of Neighborhood Services and Public Safety Vyto Adomaitis said that Goleta officers and city officials strive to make the city crime-free.
“We’re extremely pleased to receive the recognition,” Adomaitis said. “We’re very proactive, [and] we have a very dedicated group of officers working in the city to make [this place] the safest it can possibly be.”
According to Adomaitis, Goleta Neighborhood Services and Public Safety has a very strong partnership and works closely with the Goleta Sheriff’s Department to reduce crime and generally minimize danger within city limits. In addition, Adomaitis said that Goleta has an active neighborhood watch program along with school resource deputies that work closely with schools, parents and students in order to preemptively confront possible future issues such as gang violence and street crime.
According to NeighborhoodScout, Goleta ranks in the 65th percentile of safe cities in the U.S. Within actual Goleta city limits, the top three safest Goleta neighborhoods include San Marcos Road and Calle Real, Calle Real and Kellogg Avenue and Gaviota and Tajiguas.
A version of this article appeared on page 5 of February 28th, 2013’s print edition of the Nexus.