Frisco’s population has exploded in the past two decades, ballooning from 33,714 in 2000 to more than 130,000 today. Many of the communities are still being developed, and there is ample land for even more homes.
That east Frisco neighborhood had company in the rankings. The safest neighborhood on The News’ list was also in Frisco, north of El Dorado Parkway, the area dominated by the massive Panther Creek Estates subdivision.
And the area west of the Dallas North Tollway and east of Teel Parkway, which encompasses several gated communities, ranked eighth.
Leaders and residents of Frisco, one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities, say they aren’t surprised.
“I would tell you that it is the pervasive attitude that our citizens and businesses bring to the table,” new Frisco Police Chief John Bruce said. “They have a great desire to be safe, and they’re willing to participate in order to be safe. They’re willing to call us when they’re having crimes, even petty crimes. That’s where it all starts. They’ll say, ‘I’m going to make that phone call and get involved.’ ”
Bill Woodard, chairman of the board of the Panther Creek Estates Homeowners Association, said involvement is the essential reason he believes his sprawling neighborhood ranked as the area’s safest.
“The HOA has a safety committee for these Frisco Neighborhoods, and we encourage our neighbors to call the Police Department if they see anything unusual,” said Woodard, a member of the Frisco Planning and Zoning Commission. “We’ve got patrols that come by, and that presence is a deterrent. Our management company has a blast e-mail system, and about 80 percent of our neighborhood is on that blast e-mail, so if something does occur, we can let people know about it right away.”
Other cities with neighborhoods in the top 10 were Dallas, Double Oak, McKinney, Colleyville, Lewisville and North Richland Hills.
One of the ranked Dallas neighborhoods was North Dallas, south of LBJ Freeway and north of Walnut Hill Lane, which placed fifth on The News’ list.
The other was in Far North Dallas, an area that includes Bent Trail and Moss Creek and is generally bordered by Preston Road to the east, the Dallas North Tollway to the west, Frankford Road to the south and the Bush Turnpike to the north. That zone was rated seventh-safest in the area.
But it was those three Frisco neighborhoods that help make the city among the area’s most secure. City officials say they understand that the rankings don’t mean their community is crime-free, just that residents there have a solid sense of security, whether they’re shopping at Stonebriar Centre, walking their dog or spending leisure time at Harold Bacchus Community Park.
David Arbuckle, who lives in Heritage Lakes, said that’s why he moved his family there seven years ago. Like many of the subdivisions close to him, Arbuckle’s west Frisco neighborhood is gated, but he said that barrier isn’t the big reason he feels protected.
“It’s just such a family-oriented place,” said Arbuckle, who works for AT&T. “I have to credit the people that made it that way. I think the fact that most of the homes here are occupied by families and … our number one issue is security.”
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