Welcome to PreventCrime.com!
The purpose of this site is to provide visitors with simple and straight-forward information on how to better safeguard yourself, your family, and your property from crimes of opportunity.
What is Crime Prevention?
Crime Prevention consists of any proactive measures taken reduce the occurrence of crime and enhance the sense of safety and security. Crime prevention experts agree that in order for a crime to take place three components must be present: Desire, Ability, and Opportunity. If you remove even just one of these components, crime will be prevented. The criminal justice system has traditionally focused on the "Desire" component by utilizing punitive measures as a deterrent. While these efforts do have some impact, it is widely agreed that the most success is realized by removing the "Opportunity" component.
Your Role in Crime Prevention
Police agencies do their best to remove the opportunity for crimes to occur on a daily basis, primarily by tying to be as visible as possible in locations where crimes may happen. Truth is, the police can only be in so many places at any given time. It is unreasonable to expect them to be in the right place at the right time to deter every crime. That is where you, the citizen, plays an important role in removing the opportunity for crime to occur. Citizens can take simple steps that have a profound impact on the environmental conditions around them to reduce the presentation of opportunities for crimes to take place. Information on what these steps are and how you can play a role in reducing crime will be described throughout this website.
The Importance of Police-Community Partnerships
Enough cannot be said about how important partnerships and cooperation between the police and the community they serve are to preventing crime. The police and the community working together can make great strides in reducing and preventing crime, while improving the overall quality of life. In a true partnership, communication is a two-way street. Not only is it important for the community to inform the police of suspicious activities and the occurrence of crime, it is equally important for the police to inform the community on how they can reduce the opportunity for crime to occur and how they can assist them in doing that. A true partnership will also foster communication between the police and community to ensure efforts and resources are being best utilized to address the concerns of the community. If you haven't already, consider reaching out to your police department and ask if they have any community involvement groups, or invite them to a neighborhood meeting.