"I don't think this type of statistical analysis is an accurate portrayal of criminal activity in smaller communities," Kravetz wrote in an email. "The fact that our residential population had to be quadrupled in order to come up with this hypothetical statistic doesn't present an accurate picture."
The 84-page study, which was done in collaboration with county and state agencies, ranks Orange County cities in categories such as life expectancy, commute time and other aspects that affect a person's everyday health.
Laguna Beach is a unique case. It has a high number of tourists and visitors who come to the city for its nightlife and beaches, then possibly stay for a few days and ultimately inflate violent crime reports, Kravetz said. That produces a number that isn't truly reflective of the city's residents, he contended, especially when on summer days, the city's population can triple.
Vehicle-related pedestrian injuries in the city were double that of some other cities in the report. Laguna Beach had 70 injuries or deaths per 100,000 residents, compared to 43 in neighboring Newport Beach and seven in Aliso Viejo.
Kravetz said most pedestrian collisions happen during the summer, when hotels are at capacity and the streets are packed.
Laguna Beach has been creative in its attempt to protect pedestrians, he said. In the 1980s, the city used a flag system where people would take a flag from one side and leave it on the other side. In the '90s, Caltrans installed street lighting and warning signs.
Most recently the city got state grants to do pedestrian decoy operations, where officers dress up in funny outfits and cross the streets with pedestrians to bring attention to safety.
Another category Laguna ranked high in: alcohol outlet density, which measures the number of places available to purchase alcohol. Laguna topped the report, with 4.5 outlets per 1,000 residents.