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This is the feed from NCPC's TypePad based blog, Prevention Works

Aug 25, 2009 United We Serve: Serving for Safety
Hurricane season is upon us, and while we are much better at predicting, tracking, and preparing for storms than we were a few decades ago, the aftermath of these natural disasters is unchanged—destruction, casualties, and profound disruption to our daily living. Time and again, however, research shows that people who believe themselves to be “prepared” for disasters often aren’t as prepared as they think. The same goes for our safety and security.
Aug 18, 2009 How Will You Respond to the Worsening Homeless Problem?
Recent news stories have brought to light another issue for law enforcement—attacks on the homeless. Estimates are that the homeless population has swelled to more than one million nationally, with almost 50 percent lacking shelter. Moreover, the National Coalition for the Homeless reports a rise in violence against the homeless, with at least 880 unprovoked attacks and 244 fatalities. Most of the attacks were brutal—a man in Cleveland savagely beaten in a group attack, a man in Los Angeles set on fire, a woman pushed down a steep staircase and another raped. The Coalition reports that most of these attacks were committed by males aged 25 or younger and that in the last 10 years 58 percent of attackers were teenagers.
Aug 11, 2009 Can you Twitter Crime Away?
With the explosion of Twitter and other social media sites, I have often wondered why people have felt the need to share every aspect of their personal lives online. I figured maybe people just want to brag about being out to dinner or a Hawaiian vacation. Many of us in the crime prevention field believe that we, as a society, are sharing too much personal information as the social media revolution continues to unfold.
Aug 04, 2009 The Bucket List
“Live life to the fullest,” “Live like there’s no tomorrow,” “Live each day as if it were your last,’’ — our society is filled with a number of catch phrases designed to inspire us all to take nothing for granted and seize the day! Unfortunately, we don’t all take heed of this advice until our days are numbered.
Jul 27, 2009 Back to School—Safely
Youth across the nation will be returning to school soon. There’s always a lot to think about at the beginning of a new school year, but make sure you take some time to think about your safety and the safety of those around you.
Jul 21, 2009 Helping the Memory Impaired
Today in the United States more than 5.3 million people suffer from Alzheimer's disease, and...
Jul 07, 2009 Another Happy Birthday to McGruff!
McGruff the Crime Dog® celebrated his 29th birthday on July 1! Back in 1980, a dog in a rumpled trench coat said, "You don't know me yet. But you will." Since then, McGruff has taught millions of people that the police can't fight crime alone. Crime prevention is everybody's business and everyone can help "Take A Bite Out Of Crime®."
Jun 30, 2009 The Prison Entreneurship Program
PEP Program Prevents Recidivism A great number of inmates in U.S. prisons possess entrepreneurial skills...
Jun 22, 2009 The Path to Crime Prevention
Everybody talks about preventing crime, but most of us have no idea how to accomplish that goal. But preventing crime is within your reach, and so is showing that path to others.
Jun 16, 2009 Cell Phones Gone Wild?
You have heard the stories about sexting in the news lately. Most of the stories take place in schools and involve teenagers. But, what is sexting? Sexting is described as the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photos electronically, primarily between cell phones. Roughly 20 percent of teens admit to participating in “sexting,” according to a nationwide survey by the National Campaign to Support Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
Jun 09, 2009 How Many Bars Do You Get Behind Bars?
A prisoner, already incarcerated for a drug conviction, was found guilty of using a contraband cell phone from jail to order the murder of a witness in another upcoming trial. The victim, 38 year old Carl Lackl Jr., was gunned down in a drive-by shooting outside his home in Baltimore, a week before he was to testify in that trial. This crime is the most heinous outcome of a growing and startling problem—cell phones and their availability to prisoners behind bars.
May 26, 2009 Battling Gangs: A Novel Use of Civil Injunctions
According National District Attorney's Association (NDAA), the United States has 30,000 gangs with 800,000 members whose crimes, tactics, and strategies are getting more sophisticated each day. Communities and local law enforcement agencies are responding with new strategies as well—in this case, the use of civil injunctions to disrupt gang activities.
May 18, 2009 Breaking the Code of Silence
While there is still debate over how the recession will continue to impact crime over the next few years, there is little debate about the important role that the community plays in the fight against crime. While communities must take the lead, I continually hear from law enforcement officers that communities are not engaged.
May 12, 2009 Highlighting Norms Can Reduce Crime
There is a common perception that public service messaging is not as effective as commercial...
Apr 22, 2009 Gunplay
"Curiosity killed the cat." Remember this phrase, because never have four words had graver implications....
Apr 14, 2009 Thinking About the Unthinkable
Homeland security is rooted in hometown security. The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, once etched vividly in every American's memory, may be receding in the country's collective consciousness, but it is up to all of us to make sure that our country stays safe—and prepared—for any eventuality. Each citizen, civic official, faith leader, and business leader must be confident that his or her community's first responder organization can react effectively to any assault and, more importantly, knows exactly what is expected of him or her if the unthinkable should happen again.
Apr 07, 2009 Beware of the Black Dollar
In recent months, new versions of the infamous Nigerian money and banking scams have come...
Mar 30, 2009 Cyber-Fighting Crime
Nowadays, social networking sites have made us so well-connected that we often have to be reminded of the importance of privacy and security when we share our personal information. This is certainly true: everyone needs to take proper precautions in their endeavors on the World Wide Web. That being said, we often fail to acknowledge the contributions of such networking sites to current crime prevention efforts.
Mar 24, 2009 Social Networking - The Good and Bad
According to the Center for Media Research, "Most parents in the United States estimate that their children spend about two hours a month on the Internet. In reality, kids and teens are spending upwards of 20 hours a month surfing the Web. Forty-one percent of U.S. teens claim their parents have no idea what they are looking at online. The most popular online activities are online dating (23 percent), social networking (50 percent), and playing games (72 percent)."
Mar 03, 2009 P.O.S.S.E Keeps Kids Out of Gangs
A recent NCPC training conference call on gangs sponsored by the Community Capacity Development Office attempted to answer the question, "Why Do Kids Join Gangs?" Oscar (Ossco) Bolton, founder of a Kansas City, MO, gang prevention organization gave his insights and he should know: Bolton was a former gang leader and helped recruit scores of youth into his gang. Nowadays, Bolton uses his influence for good and works with thousands of youth annually in the Kansas City area and provides positive alternatives to gangs through his organization— P.O.S.S.E. (Peers Organized to Support Student Excellence).