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. For more information about the City's Part I crimes rates, click here to be redirected. 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. As part of this campaign, look for a number of fun and educational safety contests starting this fall.
Don't Make It Easy
“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.
Eliminate the Opportunity
Lock It Up!
Eliminate Vehicle Theft
Stop Identity Theft
The City will be holding a number of community contests to promote the Don't Make It Easy campaign. These contests are designed to raise awareness and remind residents the fundamentals of crime prevention. Check back here for updates to each contest. Participating community members will either be eligible for a variety of safety prizes. If you have a contest idea that will promote safety and crime prevention, we want to hear it! Email your ideas to email@example.com.
Launch Date: February 2017 Community members are encouraged to participate in the home security checklist challenge. One winner will randomly be selected to receive a Samsung SmartThings Multi-Purpose Sensor (pictured left) that can detect whether an object like a door or drawer is open or closed. Second and third place winners will receive iPad book covers to camouflage their electronic devices. Be sure to look for contest details in the January/February Leaflet!
Burglar's Dream House Challenge
Launch Date: February 2017 Don’t make your home a burglar’s dream house! Test your home security knowledge and find out if your home is secured or if it is an easy target for burglars with the Burglar's Dream House challenge that will begin in early Spring 2017. You will have an opportunity to identify security concerns with a home and submit your answers to be eligible to win one of three safety prizes, including a SkyBell HD Wi-Fi Video Doorbell valued at $199 (pictured right)! Second and third place winners will have a chance to win a window/door alarm or a dummy surveillance camera. Be sure to look for contest details in the January/February Leaflet!
Home and Vehicle Safety Tips
-Install locks on doors and windows and keep them locked at all times.
-Keep interior and exterior lights on while you're away from home.
-Trim overgrown trees and bushes.
-Be selective when allowing strangers into your home. Always ask for identification.
-Know your neighbors and ask them to look after your home when you're away for an extended period of time.
-Secure your vehicles and keep valuables out of sight.
Holiday Safety Tips
-Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. Con-artists may distract you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
-Park in well-lit spaces, lock the car, and close the windows. Place shopping bags and gifts in the trunk.
-Carry minimal amounts of cash. Pay with a check or credit card whenever possible.
-Deter pickpockets and purse snatchers. Don’t overburden yourself with packages and keep purses and wallets close to your body.