El Monte ranked among the best among large cities nationwide that had low numbers of serious crimes last year, according to recent FBI statistics.
The San Gabriel Valley city of 106,209 ranked 15th for low crime figures among 187 U.S. cities with populations of more than 100,000.
In 1993, El Monte tallied 6,201 felony crimes, including murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, theft, auto theft and arson.
Pasadena, with a population of 131,591, ranked 52nd with 9,735 reported felonies. Pomona, with a population of 131,723, ranked 59th with 10,585.
The tally of raw numbers for the nation's largest cities is compiled from statistics reported by local law enforcement agencies, said FBI spokesman John Hoos. Because the figures are not adjusted for crimes per population, they are not an accurate ranking of safe cities, he said.