In 1984, the National Crime Prevention Council designated October as Crime Prevention Month. October has become the official month for recognizing and celebrating the practice of crime prevention, while promoting awareness of important issues such as victimization, volunteerism, and creating safer, more caring communities.
Many people are concerned about the threat of rising crime in their communities. Fortunately, there are ways to help protect your home and your neighborhood from crime. Preventing crime is always better than charging criminals after the fact. But stopping crimes is a difficult and continuous process. If you see a crime being committed or have reason to believe criminal activity is taking place, call the police; see something-say something.
Here are a few practical crime prevention tips that are good reminders for everyone to help take a bite out of crime:
- Always carry a cell phone or other communication device with you when you are 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 devices
- Never leave items in your vehicle in plain view. Car thieves will often break into your vehicle for an item that has a mere dollar 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.
- Keep your doors/garage doors locked
- Start a Neighborhood Watch program, work with your local police department for information