There are many advantages to locating your office in Irvine, California, and there’s one factor that shouldn’t be left out or discounted among them all—safety.
Usually, when cities grow at a rapid pace, as Irvine has, an increase in crime comes along with the influx of people. Irvine seems to be the exception. With the lowest number of violent crimes nationwide based on population, the city has consistently been named to the list of America’s safest cities for the past 10 years. And families and businesses are continuing to flock there; in fact, Irvine grew by 11,288 people last year, according to the state’s Department of Finance—the most of any city in the state with a population of fewer than 300,000 people.
Here’s more about Irvine’s safety:
- Irvine’s crime rate is consistently low for a city of its size. With nearly 230,000 residents in 2012, the violent crime rate that year was just 49 per 100,000 people.
- A big part of Irvine's low violent crime, according to the experts is its relative wealth. The city has an affluent resident base, very little poverty and a highly educated and skilled population—many are professionals. Median income household income in Irvine is $85,615, which is $30,000 more than the national average.
- The planned community design of Irvine also contributes to its low crime rate. People live in smaller “villages” within the city, contributing to a neighborhood feel.
- The City of Irvine website contains a comprehensive Crime Prevention section with advice and tips for personal and workplace safety, senior safety, and how to prevent computer theft, vehicle theft, and more.
Additional safety measures include:
- Participation in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Studies show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. The Irvine Police Department urges residents to bring expired or unneeded medicines to the collection site, eliminating the potential for diversion, misuse, abuse, or even accidental poisoning.
- Regular DUI checkpoints.
- Online videos on city website covering school, bike and pool safety.
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