- 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.