Crime Prevention Resources
Preventing crime is always preferable to charging criminals after the fact. But crime prevention is a difficult and never-ending process, requiring cooperation among all parties and the willingness to try new approaches. If you see a crime being committed or have reason to believe criminal activity is taking place in your neighborhood, call the police. Do not take the law into your own hands, though, since doing so can create legal problems or worse.
Crime Prevention Tips
Here are a few tips that can help you prevent crime in your neighborhood with links to helpful websites:
- Always carry a cellphone or other communication device with you when out by yourself;
- If you go walking or running, always do so in well-populated areas and during daylight hours;
- If you are ever approached by a person attempting to rob you, don't put up a struggle. Your life is far more important than a cell phone or other electronic gadget;
- Never leave items in your vehicle in plain view. Car thieves will often break into your vehicle for an item that has a mere token value.
- Always lock your vehicle, even when parked in your own driveway or parking space;
- Try not to carry large sums of cash on your person;
- Park in well-lit, busy areas. Avoid leaving your vehicle in unattended parking lots for long periods of time when possible.
Resources on Crime Prevention
The following resources include links to crime nongovernmental organizations, federal agencies, and other entities focused on reducing or preventing crime.
- Crime Doctor: Contains a wide variety of tutorials and suggestions for preventing crime, including auto theft and home security.
- The National Crime Prevention Council: Raises awareness about crime rates and educates on the best ways to prevent crime; includes crime statistics, publications, and other resources.
- Crime Prevention Page: Contains publications on crime prevention from the U.S. government agency charged with maintaining statistics on crime in the U.S. (National Criminal Justice Reference Service).
- Preventing Crime: What Works, What Doesn't, What's Promising: A scholarly report reviewing crime statistics and prevention efforts (National Institute of Justice).
- 35 Ways to Prevent Crime: List of easy to implement tips to keep you and your family safer (JustGive.org).
- Preventing Crime in the Black Community: An organization dedicated to reducing crime in black communities throughout Florida.
- The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence: National organization dedicated to reducing gun deaths in general as well as gun-related crime.
- St. Charles County Cyber Crimes Prevention Unit: Information on how to protect children from online predators from the St. Charles County, Mo. Police Department.
- The Klass Foundation: Keeping Children Safe: Tips parents can use to keep their kids safe from crime.
- National Association of Town Watch: Organization promoting the implementation of neighborhood watch and related programs.
- National Neighborhood Watch: Official Website of the national neighborhood watch program, with information on how to start a chapter in your neighborhood.
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- Defending Yourself Against a Criminal Charge
- What You Can Expect from the Best Criminal Defense Lawyer
- Getting Arrested: Documents Your Attorney Will Need
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