Laredo also makes the Business Journal list for the safest cities, coming in at nineteen out of the twenty safest cities in entire United States. The gateway city makes the list in a recent business insider article on the safest cities in Laredo. Constable Pct. 1, Rudy Rodriguez said its been a collaborate effort by all of law enforcement to help make the list "This is because of all law enforcement agencies working together. We work together, share intel and we work for the same purpose, for the protection of the community and citizens of Laredo and that’s what makes it the safest place to live." According to the article, Laredo has a murder rate of 31-percent below average of cities with a population of 200,000 or more. The article also said robbery rates are down 34-percent. "The more patrol officers you see out there, people think about committing a crime. If there is a selected neighborhood that has no police presence, that’s when you have the crime rate go up. Burglaries, criminal activities, graffiti, things like that." The community being more aware of their surroundings and reporting suspicious activity has also helped law enforcement decrease the crime in our city.