Rancho Santa Margarita

    Rancho Santa Margarita City Seal
    Sheriff's Non-Emergency Dispatch:
    714-647-7000 or 949-770-6011

    Photo of Lt. Luke South
    Lieutenant Luke South
    Chief of Police Services
    City of Rancho Santa Margarita
    949-635-1819

    City of Rancho Santa Margarita Overview

    On January 1, 2000, Rancho Santa Margarita became the 33rd city in Orange County. Nestled against the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains, the city has a population of approximately 49,704 and covers approximately 15 square miles. Rancho Santa Margarita has more than 1,700 acres of dedicated open space, including a 13-acre community lake and nine community parks. Located between Mission Viejo and Coto de Caza, the city is master planned to offer employment, schools, shopping, recreational amenities and a wide variety of housing.

    More than 50% of Rancho Santa Margarita is planned as open space and recreational facilities including the picturesque lake and beach club with a swim lagoon, miles of pedestrian and bicycle paths and the popular Tijeras Creek Golf Club. The city also offers several schools, including Santa Margarita Catholic High School, day care centers, a long list of places of worship and a neighborhood shopping center.

    Rancho Santa Margarita contracts with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for all law enforcement needs. The Sheriff's Department is responsible for public safety and general law enforcement within the city, including patrol services, traffic enforcement, criminal investigations and crime prevention.

    Part 1 Crime Stats for the City of Rancho Santa Margarita

    Crime 2013 2014 2015
    Homicide 0 0 0
    Rape 10 8 2
    Robbery 1 9 10
    Assault 16 27 36
    Burglary 39 45 45
    Larceny 148 249 206
    Auto-Theft 16 9 16