NCPC Believes:

  • 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.