Orange County Launches Anti-Crime Campaign Targeting Theft from Surrounding Counties

Orange County Launches Anti-Crime Campaign Targeting Theft from Surrounding Counties

Orange County prosecutors have initiated an anti-crime campaign aimed at deterring theft, specifically targeting individuals from Los Angeles and other Southern California counties. The campaign, which has been active for over a week, employs various mediums such as bumper stickers, billboards, and advertisements on public buses. The ads are strategically placed in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Norwalk, and Glendale, while digital marketing efforts target cellphones in Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Imperial counties.

Billboards prominently display the message “Crime doesn’t pay in Orange County” in large capital letters, accompanied by a warning: “If you steal, we prosecute.” The district attorney’s office released a statement explaining that Orange County has witnessed a significant influx of defendants from neighboring counties, particularly Los Angeles and Riverside, who engage in residential burglaries, robberies, smash and grabs, and commercial burglaries.

In May 2023, the district attorney’s office announced the charging of approximately 140 defendants within a year, related to home invasion robberies, burglaries, commercial burglaries, and smash and grab robberies. Notably, the majority of these individuals resided outside of Orange County.

District Attorney Todd Spitzer, in a video introducing the campaign, criticized criminal justice reforms, asserting that legislation passed in Sacramento has reduced the risk while increasing the reward for criminals. Advocates of these reforms argue that the state should invest in programs that enhance public safety without perpetuating mass incarceration.

Spitzer, known for his law-and-order approach, has consistently emphasized his commitment to punishing criminals to prevent Orange County from resembling Los Angeles. During his 2022 campaign for the district attorney’s position, he utilized the slogan #NoLAinOC. Recently, Spitzer collaborated with State Senator Bob Archuleta on SB 923, a bill seeking to extend prison sentences for repeat petty theft offenders. The proposed legislation aims to reinstate certain provisions eliminated by the voter-approved Proposition 47 in 2014, which downgraded some nonviolent property crimes to misdemeanors with jail terms of one year or less.

Author: CrimeDoor

2 Responses

  1. If you’re interested in learning more about crime prevention and safety measures, the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) is a great resource. They offer a wide range of information and resources on various topics, including theft prevention. Their website provides tips and strategies to protect yourself and your belongings, as well as information on community-based programs and initiatives. You can visit their website at for more information.

  2. This so-called “anti-crime” campaign by Orange County prosecutors is nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt at discrimination and profiling. Targeting individuals from Los Angeles and other Southern California counties is not only unfair, but it reeks of prejudice and bias. Instead of focusing on the root causes of crime and implementing effective strategies to address them, they choose to scapegoat and unfairly target certain groups of people. It’s disgusting to see law enforcement agencies resorting to such discriminatory tactics instead of working

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