When it comes to any safety/crime related issues, it's always best to contact the local authorities with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand. If unfamiliar with the area(s) do revisit more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals/neighbors. Real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase/rent, or not, in specific neighborhoods.
as an agent I have sold homes there for years, I only do mortgages now. I can not for the life of me understand why homes go for less there.
One thing, most of the areas are very cool, as they ocean breezes seem to blow up the canyon. Some of the areas this does not seem to apply to, such as near town hall. Buy near the trees you should have nice cool air.... more
I'm not sure what Trulia uses to determine their ratings, but I know that both Mission Viejo and Lake Forest are consistently included in the annual "Safest Cities in America" list.
Last year, Mission Viejo was #2 and Lake Forest was #10 for cities with populations between 75,000 and 100,000. This is out of a list of 371 cities, which is obviously not the entire county. Not every city submits their statistics, so it's possible that Laguna Hills is just as safe, but they don't send in their information.... more