You likely have an inkling that Fountain Hills is a safe place to live. But just how safe is it?

In a recent report from the Crime Index and ADT Security Services, Fountain Hills tops the list of safest places in the country. The national average Crime Index score is 100, while Fountain Hills sits at 41.

The Crime Index scores average the reports of assault, burglary, larceny, murder, motor vehicle theft, personal crime, property crime, rape and robbery.

When it comes to public safety, we are in the good hands of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO). Headed by an elected sheriff, Paul Penzone, MCSO serves and protects the unincorporated areas of Maricopa County and several contract cities, such as Fountain Hills.

What makes MCSO unique? The size of the area they serve. MCSO employs 3,300 people to provide safety services covering 9,226 square miles. They have one of the nation’s finest dive/water rescue teams, 41 volunteer posses, and the most technologically advanced 911 and emergency operation center in the Southwestern U.S.

Their partnership with Fountain Hills allows them to enforce state laws, deter criminal activity, protect life and property, maintain order, and operate a safe, constitutional jail system. There are 30 full-time deputies assigned to Fountain Hills under the command of Captain Larry Kratzer.

Our local sheriff’s office is located at 16705 E. Avenue of the Fountains inside of Town Hall. For more information, visit