6 ways you can
become a partner
in preventing crime
1. Take the time for family and friends.
Being an active part of a supportive network can help
prevent crime, contribute to community development, and
build community safety. It can also help you deal with
victimization should a crime occur.
2. Get involved in constructive activities for youth.
Youths need adult friends who are positive role models.
Getting involved with youths in activities that build
self-confidence and self-esteem leave them less
vulnerable to criminal activity and exploitation. In
helping young people to learn new skills, we can also
learn something about ourselves.
3. Help develop crime prevention strategies locally.
Adopting a proactive crime prevention strategy will
permit you to focus on the key contributing factors
linked to crime in communities. These long-term programs
such as positive parenting, drug and alcohol abuse,
unemployment, and literacy will let you get at the root
causes of crime to ensure your crime prevntion efforts
will have a lasting positive impact on your community.
4. Reduce the opportunities for crime.
People have a lot more power to prevent crime than they
may think. While you can't entirely prevent theft, you
can reduce the likelihood of its occurrence. Purchases
and cameras should never be left in open view to tempt a
thief. And, of course always lock your car. When you are
travelling, ask your neighbours to pick up your mail and
newspapers. When neighbours help each other, signals are
not left for burglars that a home is vulnerable to theft.
Neighbours developing a strong sense of community is one
step towards creating a safe society.
5. Call the police if you suspect a crime is being or
has been committed.
You don't have to have hard evidence. The police will
determine if there is a problem. Call if you suspect
burglary, child abuse or vandalism - the police need and
want your assistance. And never hesitate to seek help if
you have been a victim of crime. Your call for help may
aid in preventing someone else from being victimized.
6. Join your local Crime Prevention Association or
Community Consultative Group.
Taking action in your community is extremely important.
By getting involved and participating in crime prevntion
organizations that build healthy communities, people can
feel less vulnerable. The members of the communities can
determine their own futures and ensure their communities
are safe places in which to live.
© 1999, Atlantic Crime Prevention