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Irvine is Safest City of its Size for 15th Year!

For the 15th Consecutive Year, Irvine is the Safest City for it’s Size

According to FBI data for 2019, Irvine has the lowest rate of violent crime per capita of any city in the nation with a population of 250,000 or more. Irvine is also the Safest City of its size for violent crime for the first half of 2020, according to preliminary FBI data released earlier this month. The FBI’s Annual Uniform Crime Report measures crime, which includes murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, auto theft, and arson.

Irvine Mayor Christina Shea congratulated the Irvine Police Department on this achievement.  “Once again, the men and women of the Irvine Police Department were successful in maintaining the safety of everyone in our wonderful community,” Mayor Shea said. “The partnership of our police department, City Council, residents, and businesses continues to make Irvine the safest city to live, work, and play.”

Irvine Police Chief Mike Hamel credited the department’s positive relationship with the community and strong city leadership for its continued success.“Irvine continues to be a safe community due to the partnership between the committed men and women of the Irvine Police Department, our city leaders who always make public safety a top priority, and our residents and business community,” Chief Hamel said. “Maintaining public safety, while delivering professional and compassionate service to everyone is always our top priority.”

For more information on programs and services provided by the Irvine Police Department, visit  Preliminary half-year data for 2020 can be found here.

Best of Orange County 2020: Irvine Voted Best City to Live In.

For the past 24 years, Best of Orange County voters have been asked to name the county’s best city to live in. Irvine has never failed to place in the top 3, and it has been the top vote recipient for 13 of those years and ranked second for 10 more. Many reasons are cited for Irvine’s livability. It routinely ranks among the nation’s safest cities and has recorded the lowest per capita crime rate for cities with 250,000 or more residents for the past 15 years.