Don't Make It Easy Program

Message from the Chief of Police

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 below to see what we're talking about.

Eliminate the Opportunity

Don't Make It Easy

Lock It Up!

Don't Make It Easy Residential

Eliminate Vehicle Theft

Don't Make It Easy Vehicle Theft

Stop Identity Theft

Don't Make It Easy Identity Theft

Community Contests

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

Community Speaks Contest
Deadline: Monday, December 5
Community members will have a chance to share with their community what they believe are good crime prevention tips. Resident-submitted crime prevention tips will be published in the January/February 2017edition of The Leaflet. Three winners will be randomly selected to win a safety prize! Email your tips to
Checklist Challenge
Launch Date: February 2017
Community members are encouraged to participate in the home security checklist challenge.

Burglar's Dream House Challenge
Launch Date: March 2017
Community members are encouraged to take the Burglar's Dream House Challenge. View an image of a home and identify vulnerable access points in which a burglar can gain entry.

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Community Speaks

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.

Halloween Safety Tips

-Wear a reflective and visible costume so you are easily spotted. 
-Use a glow stick or flashlight to help improve visibility for you and drivers.
-Accompany young children at keeping them near when walking and crossing streets. 
-Carry a flashlight and a fully-charged cell phone in case of an emergency.
-Use caution and being alert for children when driving on Halloween.
-Inspect the candy before it is eaten and throwing away old-looking and unwrapped candy.

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.