Austin is the second safest big city in the country, but it's still struggling with property crimes, according to the Austin Police Department.
On Wednesday, Police Chief Art Acevedo shared the results of the FBI's 2012 Unified Crime Report, which collects crime data from across the nation. Austin moved up one spot on the list to become the No. 2 safest American city with a population of more than 500,000.
The city saw about 70 fewer violent crimes, like murder and rape, in 2012 than in the previous year. Still, the number of property crimes remained high, with more than 36,000 thefts and 7,000 burglaries reported.
According to the report, Austin is No. 26 in terms of property crime, having moved up from the No. 27 spot it held last year. Acevado says the police department is working on the problem and has reduced property crime a total of 4.35 percent from 2007 to 2012.
"Challenges remain,” Acevado says. “We're still not 100 percent safe. One victim is one too many. One homicide's one too many. One fatality in traffic with a drunk driver killing us is one too many. But we're heading in the right direction."
He added that the easiest way to cut down on property theft is to lock the doors on your car and home. You can also invest in alarm systems, sensored lights for your house and deadbolts for your doors.