Under Bren’s Vision, Irvine Enjoys Rewards of Master Planning

The community and the police are committed to a cooperative relationship that keeps Irvine at the top of the list of safe cities.

Editorial, Irvine World News— June 9, 2005; News: page 20

Once again, Irvine is being recognized as one of the safest communities in the country.

This time, according to the Orange County Register’s analysis of statistics just released by the FBI, Irvine can be ranked, where violent crime is concerned, as the safest of cities with populations of more than 100,000.

When property crimes are added to the analysis, Irvine comes out 11th safest in the nation – not bad at all for a community that must be a ripe target in the eyes of car thieves and burglars.

Certainly, the city’s fine police force deserves top billing in recognition and credit for Irvine’s distinction as a safe place to work, retire, raise a family and conduct business.

Other factors need to be considered as well. A police lieutenant and the mayor told the Register that master-planning, another area where Irvine receives national recognition, plays a part in keeping the community safe. The wide, well laid-out streets, the carefully developed design schemes from whole industrial areas to parks to landscaping around front doors are done with security in mind.

But, of course, it all starts with the people who work and live here, especially those who chose to live here. The people who call Irvine home expect it to be a safe community and, mostly, they do their part.

Irvine police take seriously their commitment to working in partnership with the community. The residents and business people likewise are committed to the partnership.

A purse snatcher recently was run to ground after a passerby started the chase, a motorist took it up and residents phoned police with reports of the culprit’s desperate flight.

Neighbors look out for neighbors in Irvine, reporting anything suspicious in the neighborhood, just as the police encourage.
Police officers and their commanders and their chief are visible in the neighborhoods, on the streets, in the shopping centers and on school campuses. Their presence is reassuring, not menacing.

The officers are skilled in their profession and polished in the way they work with the community. The community in turn is appreciative and supportive and, frankly, will settle for no less.

The partnership is working and the proof is in the statistics, any way you look at them.