We did have an influx of break-ins over the summer, but fortunately, one of the beauties of Idyllwild, the community really got up in arms (so to speak) and law enforcement was able to arrest twelve people involved in the robberies. I've lived here 35 years and was not aware of car theft being so high, so am not sure where those stats came from. And fortuantely the gangs from Hemet have not made it up to Idyllwild, nor in my opinion would they survive here - the town is too small - nowhere to run, nowhere to hide.
As far as a safe community, I would choose to live no where else in So. CA. We all tend to look out for each other and the beautiful thing is that there is a deep sense of community here, making it some much more unique than so many other communities in So. CA.
I have several friends who have their children attending Idyllwild Arts and it is an amazing school. Truly, although I am not aware of other simialr schools throughout the country, I can say that Idyllwild is a community that will touch your heart with warmth and kindness. When my family comes to visit from back east, they continue to comment about how everyone is "so friendly."
Wouldn't choose to live anywhere else!
Also, know that I am a realtor and would be glad to help with not only a possible purchase, but also if you're in need of a rental or any other information that might help with your decision making process about this wonderful mountain town.