Crime Prevention Resources

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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. Don't take the law into your own hands because doing so can create legal problems or worse.

The following crime prevention resources and tips are intended to help you stay safe and and also be prepared in the event of a crime.

Crime Prevention Tips

The following tips will help you prevent crime in your neighborhood (check out FindLaw's Crime Victim Resources page as well):

  • 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're 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.

Crime Prevention: Resources and Organizations

The following crime prevention resources include links to nongovernmental organizations, federal agencies, and other entities focused on reducing or preventing crime.

Additional Crime Prevention Resources

If you or someone you know has been charged with a criminal offense, you likely have many questions. Remember, state laws are constantly changing and it's important to always be up-to-date on the laws you're researching. You can also check out the following links for more information:

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