The Laguna Beach Police Department reported a reduction in Crime in 2017.
The Laguna Beach Police Department released a Press Release detailing the Crime Reduction on February 15 2018.
The Police Department tracks crime and a number of other statistics on a yearly basis in an overall effort to evaluate their effectiveness as well as identify areas of community outreach and enforcement.
Larcenies Decreased in Laguna Beach and Residential Burglaries Increased in Laguna Beach.
“This is a reminder that we can prevent a majority of property crime by taking the time to properly secure our homes,” said Chief Farinella.
The decrease in larcenies are directly related to the increased staffing of Beach Patrol Officers which were funded through Measure LL and the Strategic Plan.
These once part-time positions are now full-time, providing a much-needed added layer of presence on the beach, which is where we saw the decrease in the crimes.
No fatal traffic collisions: Second year in a row
Traffic collisions are down 12%
Total calls for service are up 4%, equaling 1,919 additional calls
Citations are up almost 100%, which is attributed to the additional Beach Patrol Officers enforcing local municipal codes such as no alcohol and glass on the beach.
Residential Burglaries Increased (attributed to unlocked doors and open garage doors)
Laguna Beach Crime Statistics 2015-2017