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Can You Help Identify These Ladera Ranch Thieves?

Anyone who lives in Ladera Ranch knows that unlocked cars are vulnerable to thieves. Home security video captured these two criminals at work in the Ladera Ranch community of Avendale. Do you recognize these two? If so, please contact the Orange County Sheriff with any information.

Video one:

Video two:


Save the Date: Ladera Ranch State of Community Address

The Ladera Rancho Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its sixth annual “State of the Community” address. The keynote speaker will be the Honorable Patricia Bates, Fifth District Supervisor on the Orange County Board of Supervisor. Additional speakers will include representatives from CUSD and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. There are many interesting and important things [...]

Orange County Sheriff Accepting Applicants to Citizen’s Academy

The Orange County Sheriff is offering a unique opportunity to citizens of Orange County. The Citizen’s Academy is a nine week informational course that provides citizens with a behind the scenes look at the workings of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Some of the topics to be covered include:

Basic Patrol Procedures Investigations Narcotics Gangs [...]

Ladera Civic Council Presents “Stranger Danger: Are You Prepared?”

In the wake of some recent crime in Ladera Ranch, the Ladera Ranch Civic Council is presenting “Stranger Danger: Are You Prepared?” on April 25th at 7 PM at Ladera Ranch Middle School. More information is available on the flyer below, or on the event page at the Council’s web site.


Orange County Sheriff’s Department Discusses Crime with the Ladera Ranch Civic Council

In the wake of several serious crimes that have occurred in Ladera Ranch this year, Ladera Ranch residents have begun wondering if their community is still a safe place to live. We noticed what seemed like an increase in crime as well. Orange County Sheriff’s deputies addressed resident concerns about safety at the February meeting [...]

Is Cityhood in the Future for Rancho Mission Viejo and Ladera Ranch?

Will Rancho Mission Viejo be Orange County’s 35th City? That’s the question recently asked by the Orange County Register in this article.

“There’s a strong revenue base for the development of an incorporated city,” Orange County Supervisor Pat Bates said.

Bates, in her role as a member of the Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission, [...]

Orange County Law Enforcement on High Alert for Alleged Cop Killer

Anyone who drove the freeways this morning could not help but notice the massive police presence throughout Orange County. Orange County Sheriff and local police vehicles were stationed every couple of miles in all directions — in medians, along the shoulders, and at major on- and off-ramps. We saw an Orange County Sheriff’s vehicle on [...]

Arrest Made in Ladera Ranch Car Burglaries

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has made an arrest in the string of vehicle break-ins that occurred last Wednesday The Orange County Register has the story.

Authorities had been searching the area since about 5:30 a.m. after receiving a call about a burglary in progress. In all there were nine calls from Ladera Ranch residents [...]

Ladera Ranch Civic Council to Consider Trestles Historic Designation Tonight

Members of the Ladera Ranch Civic Council are encouraged to attend to tonight’s meeting of the Council, at 7 PM at the Santa Margarita Water District Building on Antonio Parkway. Agenda items include a discussion of the Council’s opposition to efforts underway to designate Trestles as a Historic District. You can read a letter drafted [...]

Car Burglaries in Ladera Ranch

First, someone was tampering with the mail. Now, they are burglarizing cars. Is it just us, or is crime on the rise in Ladera Ranch?

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department would like to make residents of Ladera Ranch aware of a series recent incidents involving thefts from unlocked cars.

On Wednesday, January 23, 2013, deputies [...]