Some people put a lot of faith in these "Safest Cities In California" surveys. Especially in Sierra Madre, which usually ranks amongst the very safest in all of the Golden State. Treasure Henderson, who runs the Mountain Views News, obviously looks forward to these, and gives them some deeply meaningful exposure in her paper every year. This one being no exception. To bring you up to speed, here is 2018's article.
Now don't get me wrong. "28th Safest City in California" is not necessarily a bad thing. There are Mayors of many cities in this state who would happily sell the souls of their dear mothers for such a result. But is that number 28 really up to past Sierra Madre standards? Based on some similar reports from years gone by, perhaps not.
The first result we dug up is from something called the Safewise Report. The year of this survey's release was 2017 (link).
This next safe city survey was released in 2016, and it is the work of something called Background Checks.Org (link). Here Sierra Madre came in a very admirable #6.
The final survey I found was released all the way back in 2013, with the crime figures for this report dating from 2012. It is the work of something going by the name of Movoto (link), and here Sierra Madre ranked a remarkably safe #8.
So there you have it. Like I said, this year's rank of "28th Safest in California" is not necessarily all that bad. But as we have now seen, things might have been a little bit better before.