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Philosophy

NCPC believes that - Crime can and should be prevented. - Truly effective prevention requires addressing causes of crime . . .

NCPC believes that

  • Crime can and should be prevented.

  • Truly effective prevention requires addressing causes of crime and reducing opportunities for it to occur.

  • Everyone, no matter what age, position, or capacity, can and must take individual action to stop crime.

  • The problems of crime, violence, and drug abuse are best addressed though local action supported by local and state policies.

  • Comprehensive crime prevention action plans (coordinated strategies and policies that address causes as well as occurrences of crime) are vital to long-term community success against crime.

  • Partnerships that actively involve the local community and its residents are key to preventing crime.

  • Prevention is a highly cost-effective alternative to the costs of crime to individuals, neighborhoods, and communities.

  • Crime prevention action should be grounded in research and tested approaches and aided by evaluation.

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