Rio Rancho Profile

Quality of Life

Crime

Police/Fire Protection

The City of Rio Rancho Public Safety Department is a full-service public safety agency that provides law enforcement, fire suppression, emergency medical services, code enforcement and animal control services to the citizens of Rio Rancho. The Fire/EMS Services Division has two major work components: fire fighting and emergency medical response. The Law Enforcement Services Division handles all law enforcement requests in the areas of field training, field investigators, K-9 unit, traffic unit, special weapons and tactics, and gang enforcement team.

The City’s Public Safety Department employs 267 people, including 118 police officers and 71 firefighters/EMTs as of January 2007. The main police/fire station is located at 500 Quantum Road in Rio Rancho and the Department has five substations throughout the City.

Crime Statistics

 The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) publishes uniform crime statistics annually in Crime in the United States. The latest version of the publication contains preliminary (January-June) 2006 data and focuses on cities with populations exceeding 100,000. The following table compares Rio Rancho to selected cities. Violent crimes are defined as murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Property crimes are defined as burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson. Only Rio Rancho’s entire 2005 data is available at the FBI web site. For more information, visit the FBI web site located at http://www.fbi.gov.

Crime Statistics by City

(January-June 2006, except fields marked *)

City

Violent

Crime

Property

 Crime

Albuquerque
2,256
15,639

*Austin

3,393

41,668

Dallas

7,498

44,537

Denver

2,191

13,372

El Paso

1,246

9,587

Houston

12,216

58,251

Las Vegas

6,201

31,376

Los Angeles

14,961

52,045

Oklahoma City

2,206

16,836

Phoenix

5,424

44,961

*Rio Rancho 

204

1,395

*Salt Lake City

1,283

15,859

San Antonio

3,645

39,359

San Diego

3,141

22,479

San Francisco

3,401

18,631

Tucson

2,356

14,977

Source: FBI, Crime in the US, Preliminary (January - June)  Annual 2006 Uniform Crime Report Data

Asterisk (*) indicates that only 2005 data (January-December) is available from www.fbi.gov.

Fire Rating

 The City of Rio Rancho receives its community fire rating through the Insurance Services Office (ISO). ISO is a risk advisory organization that evaluates municipal fire-protection efforts in communities throughout the United States. The City of Rio Rancho’s current fire rating, based on ISO’s Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS), is a Class 4, scoring between 60-69 points. The FSRS assigns points for each item and calculates a total score from 0 to 100. The Class 4 refers to the commercial rating and ISO ratings and insurance rates are subject to change. For more information on the ISO system please see http://www.isomitigation.com, or for Rio Rancho's fire rating, call 1-800-930-1677 and select option "3" for Public Protection.

 

(Page last updated 1/17/07)