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Orange County Rates High in Safety

By Greg Mellen

Residents of Orange County can breathe a sigh of relief.

While fear of crime and violence remain concerns of daily life, in its 10th annual Safest Cities Report, the SafeWise home safety equipment website finds that Orange County is home to the six safest cities in California and seven of the top 10.

Using the most recent available FBI data from 2022, including statistics on violent and property crimes, gun violence, package theft, the site ranked Rancho Santa Margarita, Aliso Viejo, Yorba Linda, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, and Lake Forest as the top six safest cities, respectively, in the state. Irvine was ranked No. 10.

While the presence of law enforcement through Orange County is key, officials say an engaged citizenry is also vital, along with the often cited “If You See Something, Say Something” mantra. Created as part of an anti-terrorism campaign, See Something, Say Something has been widened to include all forms of crimes that affect public safety.

Sites such as, Orange County’s leading public safety website, provide a wide variety of information and safety tips.

The FBI crime data have been available since mid-2023, however SafeWise released its analyses in April of the data for California and the nation. Depending on data and metrics used and how they are weighted, other sites may have different outcomes.



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