Crime Prevention Month

History and purpose of Crime Prevention Month

In 1984, the National Crime Prevention Council designated October Crime Prevention Month. Every year since then, government agencies, civic groups, schools, businesses, and youth organizations have reached out to educate the public, showcase their accomplishments, and explore new partnerships during this special month.

October has become the official month for recognizing and celebrating the practice of crime prevention, while promoting awareness of important issues such as victimization, volunteerism, and creating safer, more caring communities. The month-long celebration spotlights successful crime prevention efforts on the local, state, and national levels.

NCPC annually releases a Crime Prevention Month Kit. The kit consists of a crime prevention tips and reproducible brochures.

What You Can Do

Ways you can celebrate Crime Prevention Month

Here are some ways that you can promote crime prevention—and Halloween safety—this October.

  • Link to crime prevention websites. The main NCPC site,, offers information on how states are fighting crime, tips on personal and community safety.
  • Include crime prevention tips on your website and in newsletters, or at the bottom of your written or email correspondence during the month.
  • Visit the Stop Bullying Now! campaign at to download free resources such as tip sheets for adults and cartoon webisodes for youth to unite and inform communities about the importance of bullying prevention.
  • Request a photo opportunity with McGruff the Crime Dog through your local police department. Use the photo to highlight the issue of crime prevention in your local newspapers, on your website, in newsletters, and in your office.
  • Ask your local police department to host a community crime prevention event with McGruff and invite your local news media to cover the story. Be sure to check out Your Crime Prevention Month Event for resources to help you plan.
  • Suggest that your local newspaper print crime prevention tips and feature crime prevention stories throughout the month of October.
  • Sponsor a Crime Prevention Month poster or essay contest in your community.
  • Write an op-ed article for your local newspaper highlighting Crime Prevention Month and Halloween safety.
  • Host a Halloween safety event in your community. Make sure McGruff is there so children can have a photo opportunity with him.
  • Have a Halloween parade in your community and invite McGruff.
  • Invite the media to cover your events and activities.
  • Post photos and stories to your social media pages, especially those with McGruff, and tag NCPC – @McGruffatNCPC or #McGruff

Crime Prevention Month Kits