Crime Prevention Month Themes
Protecting Your Personal Property
Americans ages 12 and older experienced over 17 million cases of household burglary, motor vehicle theft, and property theft in 2011 according to the Bureau of Justice Assistance Criminal Victimization, 2011 report. The most effective method of preventing theft is eliminating the opportunity. Children and adults of all ages can learn to lock up and protect their homes and possessions Read More!
Staying Safe in a High-Tech World
We are living in an increasingly “plugged in” world. Crimes are moving online and into social networks with us. More than 300,000 Internet crime complaints valued at over $500 million were received at the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) in 2011, 2012 Internet Crime Report. Citizens can learn how to protect themselves and their families from the variety of crimes that can happen online, such as children sending personal images by phone or email, unscrupulous merchants trying to sell faulty goods, and scammers trying to steal your identity. Read More!
School Safety and Security
The U.S. Department of Education’s 2012 Report on School Crime and Safety reveals that in the 2009-10 school year, 12- to18-year-olds experienced 470,000 cases of theft and 359,000 cases of violence in school. And 85 percent of public schools reported at least one crime incident. School safety encompasses a wide range of issues, from interpersonal violence among students to criminal threats from outside forces like gangs and intruders. Students, staff, parents, law enforcement, and the community all play a role in keeping our schools safe and secure. Read More!
Safety in the Golden Years
Senior citizens represent the most rapidly growing segment of the population in the United States according to the 2010 Census. One in every eight Americans is currently age 65 or older, a total of more than 33.6 million. Due to the natural consequences of aging, some seniors can be more vulnerable to certain crimes like elder abuse and fraud. Seniors—along with their family members, loved ones, and caregivers—can learn how to prevent crimes against seniors to help them get the “golden years” they deserve. Read More!