Crime prevention and personal safety tips to help keep you and your community safe from crime

In these times of economic distress, many people are concerned about the threat of rising crime in their communities. Fortunately, there are ways to help protect your home and your neighborhood from crime. From simple steps like keeping your doors locked to starting a Neighborhood Watch program, there are plenty of things you can do to prevent crime.

Work with your neighbors to keep your neighborhood clean and orderly. Keep spare keys with a trusted neighbor or nearby shopkeeper, not under a doormat or planter, on a ledge, or in the mailbox. Set timers on lights when you’re away from home or your business is closed, so they appear to be occupied. Illuminate or eliminate places an intruder might hide: the spaces between trees or shrubs, stairwells, alleys, hallways, and entry ways. With many law enforcement agencies cutting costs, it has never been more important for citizens to work together to prevent crime.

Information about Home and Neighborhood Safety

Neighborhood Safety Tips For Parents
Advice for parents on keeping your kids safe in your neighborhood

Neighborhood Watch
Tips and information on starting and running a Neighborhood Watch program

Techniques people can use to reduce crime in their communities

Gas Station Theft Prevention
Tips and posters for preventing crime in gas stations

Training on Home and Neighborhood Safety

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Training Program
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) theories contend that law enforcement officers, architects, city planners, landscape and interior designers, and resident volunteers can create a climate of safety in a community right from the start.

Publications and Products on Home and Neighborhood Safety

Travel Safety Tips Flier
This online Flier Travel Safety Tips from National Crime Prevention Council and McGruff The Crime Dog

Positive Change Through Policy
This online guide features examples of policies that create safer communities

Locking Your Home
Times have changed, and locks have changed, but burglars still look for homes that are easy targets.

Neighborhood Watch Needs You
This publication discusses reasons to get involved, the kinds of activities Watch groups do, and how they can help a neighborhood strengthen hometown and homeland security activities.

Programs on Home and Neighborhood Safety

Celebrate Safe Communities
Celebrate crime prevention and local communities making a difference

Downloadable Resources on Home and Neighborhood Safety

Working Safely At Home – 30.4 kB
Informative brochure on working safely from home

Travel Safety Tips Flier – 318.3 kB
Travel Safety Tips Flier from National Crime Prevention Council and McGruff The Crime Dog.

Taking Back Your Neighborhood – 198.7 kB
Free, helpful resource on making your community safe

Take A Stand Against Crime: Join Neighborhood Watch – 61.0 kB
Informative brochure on reducing crime by participating in Neighborhood Watch

Streetwise: The Way To Be – 1.2 MB
Informative brochure about staying safe in your neighborhood

Starting a Neighborhood Watch – 85.2 kB
Free, helpful resource on starting a Neighborhood Watch program

Securing the Future for Safer Youth and Communities – 13.7 MB
A full-text publication that informs adults about the effectiveness of crime prevention in creating safe communities for youth

Robbers are Equal Opportunity Criminals – 56.2 kB

Reality of Gangs – 1.2 MB
A reproducible brochure about the dangers and risks that gangs pose to their members and communities

Newspaper Mat: Protect Your Neighborhood Against Crime, Terrorism – 1.3 MB
Free, helpful resource on protecting your neighborhood from crime and terrorism

Newspaper Mat: Get Teens Involved in Making Communities Safer – 1.7 MB
Free, helpful resource on getting teens involved in preventing crime

Neighborhood Watch: Make It a Permanent Force for Community Betterment – 88.0 kB
Full-text publication

Neighborhood Watch Organizer’s Guide – 998.9 kB
Works as a guide for creating and sustaining a successful Neighborhood Watch program, and covers everything from motivating the community to running successful …

Neighborhood Watch Needs You – 721.1 kB
Neighborhood Watch is coming to your community, and we need you to get involved! The program embraces and strengthens many things we’re already doing, such as …

Neighborhood Safety Survey – 151.2 kB
A short survey to analyze the safety of your neighborhood

Locking Your Home – 506.2 kB
Tells you what you need to know before buying locks for your house.

Locking Doors Still Best – 1.5 MB
Newspaper Mat Feature: Not so long ago, people did not feel the need to lock their doors or windows. But times have changed, and so has the need to use locks…

Lock Crime OUT of Your Home – 72.3 kB
Informative brochure on the importance of securing your home

Law Enforcement Needs Your Help – 4.1 MB
Informative brochure on how to help law enforcement reduce crime

Home Security: Invest In It Now – 851.5 kB
Informative brochure

Home Security Checklist – 4.6 MB
A checklist for evaluating home safety and security

Good Neighbors Make Safer Communities – 191.3 kB
A reproducible handout from the 2009-2010 Crime Prevention Month Kit with tips to prevent crime in your neighborhood.

Gas Station Theft Poster #1 – 2.4 MB
McGruff takes on theft at gas stations with this full-color poster in PDF format.

Gas Station Theft Poster #2 – 1.4 MB
McGruff takes on gas station theft with this full-color poster in PDF format.

Gang Fact Sheet – 63.1 kB
A CCDO sponsored publication by the National Crime Prevention Council focused on development of Anti-Gang efforts.

Don’t Make it Easy for a Thief to Steal Your Wheels – 59.7 kB
Informative brochure on securing your car

Don’t Let Your Guard Down Just Because You Live in the Country – 415.0 kB
Informative brochure on keeping your home secure in the country

Does Neighborhood Watch Reduce Crime? – 25.0 kB
A comprehensive review of evaluations of Neighborhood Watch concludes that the program has a “small favorable effect” on crime.

Disaster Preparedness: A Checklist – 26.1 kB
Free, helpful resource to make sure you’re prepared in the event of a disaster

Citizen Involvement in Homeland Security Insert – 289.8 kB
This 8 page booklet provides details on the Neighborhood Watch and Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) programs

Checklist for Violence Prevention – 36.0 kB
A checklist for preventing violence in your community

Checklist for Starting a Neighborhood Watch – 549.6 kB
Free, helpful resource on starting a Neighborhood Watch program

Bumping: A Trend in Home Burglary – 117.2 kB
Newspaper Mat Feature: If your home is protected with an ordinary lock, it may not do you much good, says the National Crime Prevention Council.

Building or Remodeling a Home? Think Lock Security – 833.1 kB
Newspaper Mat Feature: During the exciting time of having your house built or remodeled, make sure to consider one of the most important features…

A Safety Checklist for Apartments – 148.9 kB
A checklist for evaluating apartment safety and security