CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) - The landscape of Cedar Park during the last five years has transformed tremendously.
There was a time when the main attraction on FM 1431 was the Hill County Flyer . Not so anymore. More shops, hotels, businesses and all the traffic to go along with it.
Many believe when cities grow, high crime follows. In Cedar Park it's the opposite.
"A lot of the people that come to Cedar Park have researched the area and are knowingly coming to a city and a county that has a very low crime rate," said Cedar Park Police Chief Henry Fluck."
Clear skies, moderate wind and crisp, cool temperatures makes for a perfect afternoon stroll from the library. Candace Hayden walks and waits as her almost 2-year-old daughter Carley lets her curiosity about the outdoors take over. Candace finds comfort in being able to walk peacefully down the sidewalk in the middle of the day.
"It does seem like a safe place to live," said Hayden.
According to crime statistics from the Department of Public Safety's Texas Crime by Jurisdiction report, for two years in a row, Cedar Park has had the second lowest crime rate in the state for cities with a population of 50,000 to 100,000.
Fluck said the low crime rate has a couple of attributions. One is the police department's close relationship with the public.
"They are our eyes and ears. We don't have enough eyes and ears to be everywhere so we depend on the community to help us out and by helping us out, we help them out," said Fluck.
Another credit goes to the department's ability to solve crimes and keep criminals off the streets.
"Our high clearance rate of solving these crimes -- and with Williamson County known as a law-and-order county, and known for their serious prosecution of and successful prosecution of these criminals -- that all helps in putting career offenders in prison for long periods of time," said Fluck.
The department boasts a 28 percent clearance rate of Index crimes and a 41 percent clearance rate of Part I crimes. Part I crimes are classified as arson, assault, burglary, rape, robbery and motor vehicle theft. Index crimes are aggravated assaults.
"Having about 70 crimes against persons in a year is a really low volume of crime; that doesn't mean we don't have crime here," said Fluck.
In late October, Hernan Mendieta, 35, was charged with murder for shooting his wife in the head on Brushy Creek Road in Cedar Park. Even with this recent killing, Cedar Park officials said overall their community is safe and residents can confidently rest assured that every call is taken seriously.
"That's paramount," said resident Candace Hayden. "When you have a family, you want to take care of them. You want them to feel safe and you want to feel safe."
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