"Lake Forest has long enjoyed the benefits of positive partnerships between Orange County Sheriff's Department and the community, as well as a long-standing tradition of prioritizing public safety. I am pleased to report that over the past 10 years (2006-2015), Part I crimes (serious crimes) in the City declined by 15% providing Lake Forest with one of the lowest crime rates in the County. View for more information about the City's Part I crimes rate. However, we still have a lot of work ahead of us. The most common crimes committed in the City are related to unsecured property where majority of these crimes are preventable. Taking a few simple steps such as locking your home or car door, keeping the garage closed, and removing valuable items from plain view are key to keeping yourself and your property safe.
We believe that through ongoing crime prevention education, citizens can take the right steps to keep their family, homes, and property safe. OCSD's Don't Make It Easy campaign is intended to encourage community members to take a few simple precautionary steps to protect themselves from crimes of opportunity.
-Lieutenant Brad Valentine
"Don't Make it Easy" is a crime prevention campaign created to send safety messages out to the public through visual images. Read more in this August 31, 2016 OC Register article. On August 16, 2016, a Crime Information Presentation was presented to the Council summarizing our findings and introducing community outreach efforts. As discussed in the presentation, most crimes that occur in Lake Forest are crimes of opportunity. There are simple things you can do to decrease the chance of becoming a victim of crime. We can tell you what we mean, but isn't it easier if we just show you? Click on the images and watch the video below to see what we're talking about.
Nearly seven months later, we have seen positive results of Don't Make It Easy. According to a March 20, 2017 OC Register article, crime is down 4% in Orange County, but the cities of Huntington Beach and Lake Forest saw the largest decreases in property crime after seeing spikes in thefts and burglaries in 2015. We have come a long way but we need to continue looking out for our neighbors and sharing all the simple ways we can protect ourselves and property.
Porch pirates are thieves who steal unattended packages from your doorstep. Parcel theft commonly occur during normal working hours but you can take simple steps to avoid being a victim.