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Nov 17, 2009 The Best Bang for the Surveillance Camera Buck
Researchers at the Urban Institute are taking a hard look at law enforcement’s use of surveillance cameras. In a study to be released at the end of the year, researchers are looking at three cities’ use of the cameras. In Baltimore, MD, the recent conviction of a woman accused of assault and handgun violations was achieved, in large measure, through the valuable footage provided by police surveillance cameras.
Nov 03, 2009 On Social Networks, Private Information Can Become Public Fast
As social networking tools have gone mainstream, they’ve incorporated sophisticated privacy settings that allow users to control exactly who can see their photos and other data. It is important to make use of these features to protect yourself. Unfortunately, the same features may also be providing a false sense of security.
Oct 20, 2009 It Takes a Community To Raise a Citizen
It takes a village to raise a child. Those words were never more true than in the need for communities to come together and ensure that their disadvantaged youth get a fair deal in life and a chance to do something other than prison time. Doing so, after all, is the foundation of crime prevention. The story of how community organizations in Washington, DC, are working together to reduce teen murders and violence and keep the city safe, as reported in the daily Afro newspaper, is worth considering this Crime Prevention Month.
Oct 14, 2009 Across the Country, People Celebrate Crime Prevention Month
During Crime Prevention Month, law enforcement, community groups, and citizens are coming together across the country to create stronger partnerships and safer streets. Whether you’re in Florida, Arizona, or Washington, DC, you will see the effects of the Crime Prevention Month and Celebrate Safe Communities initiatives.
Sep 23, 2009 Stay Safe Even When the News is Good
The FBI has recently released its 2008 Crime in the United States report, and it brings good news! The FBI reports that violent crimes are down for the second consecutive year. Among violent crimes, murders and non-negligent manslaughters declined 3.9 percent; aggravated assaults are down 2.5 percent, and forcible rapes dropped by 1.6 percent. Forcible rapes specifically, are at the lowest rate they have been in the past 20 years.
Sep 15, 2009 Stand Up for School Safety
Safety in our schools has changed dramatically from the time I was a child. In recent years, criminal incidents have occurred and been brought to our attention by the media. The way to keep them from happening again is to stand up and recognize the importance of safety in our schools.
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...