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.
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.
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.
Lights, Camera, Safety! Video Contest
Deadline: Monday, April 10
Star in the City’s next "How To" video about Keeping Safe and help us promote safety throughout your community! Lake Forest residents are invited to record and submit a video of them sharing safety tips for a chance to be featured in this upcoming safety video. Participant videos who are selected will be entered into a raffle drawing for a chance to win a Wireless Security Camera and other unique safety prizes! Winners will be notified on Monday, April 17.
Rules and Submission Guidelines:
◦ Video files must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org (Dropbox, transferbigfiles.com, or other file sharing websites are ideal) or dropped off at City Hall, 2nd floor by Monday, April 10.
◦Participants must provide their first and last names and the number of years as a Lake Forest resident.
◦Maximum video length is 15 seconds. The City reserves the right to modify the video as appropriate.
◦Video files must be in the highest quality possible (1080p is ideal). Accepted file formats are .mov, .wmv, .avi, .mp4, and mpeg.
◦Videos must not contain any text, logos, or background music.
Outsmarting "Porch Pirates"
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.
- Deliver your package to your office, if possible.
- Hold your package at a pick-up facility so that you pick it up in person.
- Arrange to have your package delivered to a location where it will be received by someone you trust.
- Set up a specific date and time for your package to be delivered to your home when you are present.
- Leave instructions for the delivery driver to leave your package at a safe location that is out of sight.
- Sign up for delivery alerts so that you can be notified as soon as your package is delivered.
- Inquire about and request to have signature confirmation upon delivery.
- Install a Wi-Fi video doorbell to see who is at your porch.