The city of Lake Forest, with a total population of 84,224, experienced 2,758 arrests over the past three years. During 2017, the arrest rate totaled 105.67 per 10,000 residents. This represents a 66.62% difference making Lake Forest lower than the national average of 316.54 per 10,000 residents. Of those, 133 were for violent crimes such as murder, rape, and robbery. The city of Lake Forest also handled 757 arrests for property crimes during 2017. Compared to Aliso Viejo and Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest is a more dangerous place to live.
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The city of Lake Forest experienced a higher rate of non-violent crime. During 2017, Lake Forest totaled 133 violent crimes and 757 non-violent crimes.
During 2007-2017, Lake Forest experienced 1,154 violent crimes. Of those, 6 were for murder/non-negligent manslaughter, 12 were for revised rape, another 103 were for legacy rape, 269 were for robbery, and 764 were for aggravated assault.