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Alert Bulletins

Alert Bulletins provide up to date information on current crime trends and special training opportunities. 

 

Crime Alerts/
News

Free active shooter training June 20 for local businesses
Police warning local eateries to beware of thefts in the area
Police still seeking suspect who attacked a woman
Lights and Sirens
Hundreds of pounds of unused, expired prescription medications collected 
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Town hall meeting centered on sober living homes
2015 Deputy of the Year named
Surge in car burglaries prompts warning from Police Services
Newhart Middle School feted for outstanding participation in Walk Against Drugs 
Important Holiday Safety Tips 
Thefts of work vehicles on the rise
Phone Scams Use Names of OCSD Personnel to Solicit Money
Scammers' success on the rise, despite public warnings
Don't leave valuables in your car
Be vigilant in reporting suspicious people, activities
Businesses encouraged to sign up for Business Watch
Hang-up and Follow-up! Phone scam protection
Safeguard your deliveries this holiday season
New law designed to reduce car-bicycle crashes
Beware of distraction burglaries
Beware of scam targeting seniors
Young Students Using Electronic Cigarettes 
Mission Viejo ranked as California's safest city
Beware of phone scams 
Mail Safety Tips
Vehicle Burglary Alert
Beware of Solicitors
Catalytic Converter Theft Alert

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More Information

Special Events and Training

Business Watch Training Opportunity
Community Resources and Hotlines
Join Business Watch!
Volunteer Opportunities
Youth Committee Supports Police Services

Free active shooter training June 20 for local businesses

 

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Police Services:

Awareness is key to a safer community    

 
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Mission Viejo Police Services seeks to increase resident awareness of crime trends with an emphasis on public safety. 

Burglary is usually considered a crime of opportunity, where unforced entry is made through open or unlocked entries in one's home and/or vehicle. These crimes can often be deterred by following some simple safety tips to safeguard property. In contrast, forced entry is when a door is pried or a window/sliding glass door is smashed. Such attempts may be thwarted by target hardening your home and installing items such as dead bolt locks with 3 to 4 inch screws, an alarm system, window pin locks and/or dowels, and lights on timers. It is important for our residents to remain vigilant and partner with law enforcement to keep our communities safe. For more information on how to keep your home safe, start a Neighborhood Watch group today! 

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One ploy used by criminals to commit residential burglaries, is to knock on a resident's front door to verify if anyone is home. When there is no response at the door after several knocks, the suspects force their way into the home through a rear entrance. Another scenario that has occurred is when someone comes to the front door, identifies him/herself as a service worker and after being invited inside the home, distracts the resident while a second subject steals property inside. It is very important for resident's to go to the door when there is a knock, but never open the door to someone you don't know. Let the person know you're home through the unopened door by saying you're not interested in their goods/services. For those claiming to be utility workers, contact the utility company to confirm they have employees in the neighborhood. If you are in an emergency situation, call 9-1-1! For non-emergencies and reporting of suspicious activity, call the Sheriff’s Department's 24 hour dispatch number at 949-770-6011.

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Vigilance is important year round. Summer time can leave residents vulnerable as more unattended doors and windows are left open for ventilation. During the holidays, it is important to secure valuables and gifts inside of your home, and bring inside any delivered packages as soon as they are brought to the front door. Do not leave any shopping bags, gifts or property inside of your vehicle.  

Key ingredients to reducing crime include employed locks and awareness coupled with a willingness to call the Sheriff’s Department regarding suspicious people, vehicles or activity. Residents must recognize that crime happens in safe cities and precautions should be taken. It is crucial for people to be alert in their neighborhoods and act as the the eyes and ears of the Sheriff’s Department.

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Scam Information

Stay up to date with the most recent scams by visiting the OCSD website.

 

Contact Us:

For crime prevention information during regular business hours, call Mission Viejo Police Services at (949) 470-8433 or contact us via email at crimeprevention@cityofmissionviejo.org.