Each year the FBI ranks the public safety levels of U.S. cities according to population and considers a number of factors including murder, rape, assault, burglary, arson and auto theft.
This is the 14th year in a row Irvine has held the top spot as America’s Safest City among cities with a population of 250,000 or more.
Irvine Chief of Police Mike Hamel said, “Irvine continues to be a safe community due to the collaboration between the men and women of the Irvine Police Department who work tirelessly every day to identify and respond to criminal activity and quality of life issues, our City leaders who always make public safety a top priority, and our residents who actively participate in crime prevention and community improvement strategies.”
Councilmember Melissa Fox said, “We are America’s safest city because the men and women of the Irvine Police Department perform their duties every day at the very highest levels of professionalism and integrity. Our community knows that our police officers are dedicated to ensuring the safety of our residents and treat everyone with fairness and respect. Thank you, Irvine Police Department.”
To view the FBI report, click HERE.
One of the accomplishments I’m most proud of as a public official is advocating as a member of the board of directors of the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) for the selection of Brian Fennessy as our new Fire Chief.
OCFA Chief Brian Fennessy is one of the nation’s most respected leaders in the crucial field of emergency management.
Recently, Fire Chief Fennessy was invited by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to present his perspective on emergency management leadership to a national audience.
In his talk, titled “Building a Mission-Driven Culture,” Chief Fennessy shares the values of a mission-driven culture and the importance of intent-based leadership in emergency management.
Chief Fennessy also discusses his path to leadership and why he firmly believes that a mission-driven culture is critical to organizational success in times of chaos and during daily operations.
All of us involved in emergency response and management — first responders, public officials, citizen volunteers — will benefit from the wisdom and experience of OCFA Chief Brian Fennessy in this extremely timely talk.
Watch Chief Fennessy’s FEMA PrepTalk “Building a Mission-Driven Culture” here:
I had the opportunity yesterday in Sacramento to attend the introduction of “Captain Cal” — CAL FIRE’s Fire’s new ambassador for fire safety and prevention — to the people of California.
Chief Thom Porter, the Director of California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, announced that Captain Cal’s primary mission is to help expand CAL FIRE’s educational outreach and to teach children about emergency preparedness, fire safety and prevention, safe and sane fireworks, and water safety.
Assemblymember Christy Smith, Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management, pointed out that Californians need to be prepared for the “new normal” of a year-round California fire season.
Climate change, couple with population growth, has drastically increased the frequency, severity and destructiveness of wildfires. Ten of the 20 most destructive fires in California history have occurred since 2015.
In 2018 alone, more than 2 million acres of California’s forests burned. The combination of many years of drought followed by recent heavy rains means that we should expect more severe fires again this year.
Under Governor Gavin Newsom and Chief Porter, the State of California is significantly increasing it’s commitment to wildfire prevention and response, as well as education, in the face of these new conditions.
Captain Cal’s motto is “Safety starts with you!”
You can find out more about Captain Cal and fire safety at www.readyforwildfire.org.
As CAL FIRE, reminds us, Wildfire is coming . . . Are you ready?
This is Wildfire Preparedness Week.
Each year California highlights the importance of wildfire prevention and preparedness by declaring the first full week of May as “Wildfire Preparedness Week.”
This year during the week of May 5-11, CAL FIRE, Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) and fire departments across the state will remind residents of the dangers posed by wildfires and the simple steps that should be followed to prepare for and prevent them.
Despite getting some much-needed rain this winter, we’re expecting another dangerous fire season.
You can learn more about wildfire prevention at OCFA’s press conference on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at Station 41, located at Fullerton Airport. For more information, contact OCFA PIO at 714-357-7782.
One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire!
Approximately 95 percent of all wildfires are sparked by the activity of people, which means that almost all wildfires are preventable.
One of the leading causes of wildfires is outdoor powered equipment. Use powered equipment before 10 a.m. and never on hot and windy days. When clearing dead or dying grass don’t use a lawn mower or weed trimmer with a metal blade.
Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained with nothing dragging on the ground like trailer chains. All residents and vacationers need to be extra cautious outdoors because one less spark means one less wildfire.
Learn more by clicking here.
Ready, Set, Go!
With fire activity already above average, Californians should remember “Ready, Set, Go!”
Ready: Protect your home ahead of time by taking steps to mitigate wildfire risk.
Set: Prepare for an emergency by assembling a bag of important items that you would need in the event of emergency. This includes clothes, medication and other personal items. Develop a family emergency plan that details escape routes and reunification plans.
Go: Leave early in the event of an emergency. Avoid traffic congestion and other complications by evacuating at the earliest opportunity. In the event of evacuation, all City of Irvine emergency shelters will have options available for pets.
Learn more by clicking here.
Be Prepared and Take Action!
As climate changes, and as home-building expands ever closer to more areas subject to wildfire, the danger to our lives and property increases.
Watch an OCFA video on wildfire preparedness by clicking here.
Please learn what you should do to help our firefighters keep your family safe!
Irvine is not only the safety city in America, it is among the safest cities in the world, according to a recent article in CEOWorld magazine.
The safety index ranked 338 cities. The crime index is an estimation of the overall level of crime in a given city.
Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates was ranked as the safest city in the world, with Doha in Qatar in 2nd place. The remaining top 10 safest cities in the world were Osaka, Singapore, Basel, Quebec, Tokyo, Bern, Munich, and Irvine, CA.
According to the article, the next safest city in the United States is Madison, Wisconsin, at number 35 overall.
Irvine’s top ten world ranking is in accord with Irvine’s number one national ranking by the FBI.
Each year the FBI ranks the public safety levels of U.S. cities according to population and considers a number of factors including murder, rape, assault, burglary, arson and auto theft. Irvine has held the top spot as America’s Safest City among cities with a population of 250,000 or more for 13 years in a row.
As a resident of Irvine and a member of the Irvine City Council, I am extremely grateful to the outstanding work of our Police Chief Mike Hamel and the brave men and women of the Irvine Police Department.
We are America’s safest city because the men and women of the Irvine Police Department continue to perform their duties at the very highest levels of professionalism and integrity. Our community knows that our police officers treat everyone with fairness and respect, and are dedicated to ensuring the safety of our residents and defending the Constitution of our country.
I am also extremely proud of my neighbors and fellow Irvine residents, who care deeply about the safety of our City and look after each other. In Irvine, we’re proud that community engagement is an essential element of our approach to law enforcement.
As Irvine Chief of Police Mike Hamel has said, “The safety of our City is truly a collaborative effort. The dedicated men and women of the Irvine Police Department work tirelessly every day to keep our community safe. Our residents and members of the business community partner with IPD to prevent and help solve crime. Our City leaders have always made public safety a top priority, ensuring IPD has the resources necessary to provide only the highest level of service to the public. It is this comprehensive effort that has allowed Irvine to preserve the safety and quality of life our residents have long enjoyed.”
Of course, even in Irvine, we can do better.
In particular, we can, and must, do better when it comes to obeying traffic signs and overall traffic safety.
Please attend my Irvine Town Hall on January 26, 2019, focused on traffic safety and making Irvine an even safer place to live and raise a family.
You can find a Facebook Event Page for the Town Hall here. Please invite your neighbors!
What: Councilmember Melissa Fox Town Hall on Irvine Traffic Safety
When: Saturday, January 26, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Woodbury Community Park, 130 Sanctuary, Irvine, CA 92620.
See you there!
As your Irvine City Councilmember, it is important to me that you and your family have a safe, happy, and crime-free holiday season.
Here are some Holiday Crime Prevention Tips from the Irvine Police Department to help ensure that your holidays are safe, happy, and crime-free:
- If you’re out shopping for holiday meals or gifts, be sure to lock your car and roll up your windows.
- Don’t leave your purse, wallet, cellphone or other valuables in your vehicle in plain view.
- When possible, keep your purchases on you while shopping instead of leaving them in your car. If you need to leave these things in your car, the best place is in a secure, locked trunk.
- If you are having packages sent to your home, bring them inside as soon as possible. If you won’t be home to receive your deliveries, consider having items delivered to your workplace, or ask a friend or trusted neighbor to pick it up for you. Use tracking numbers and delivery notifications to track your shipments.
- Be mindful when displaying gifts at home. Try not to leave them in places where they will be visible from the outside.
- After holiday dinners and parties, always make sure you have a sober, safe ride home.
- If you are traveling out of town, make sure your house appears occupied by using timers on lights and televisions, and exterior motion detectors outside. Ask a friend or trusted neighbor to check on your house and collect your mail and newspaper.
- Be careful what you post on social media. Avoid posting your holiday travel plans or pictures of you and your family while you’re away, so that your absence isn’t exploited by untrusted social media followers.
Important Telephone Numbers for the Irvine Police Department:
- Non-Emergency: 949-724-7000
- Emergency: Dial 9-1-1 for Emergencies and crimes in progress.