October is Crime Prevention Month
In 1984, the National Crime Prevention Council designated October as Crime Prevention 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. 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. The month-long celebration spotlights successful crime prevention efforts on the local, state, and national levels.
Preventing crime is always better than charging criminals after the fact. But stopping crimes is a difficult and continuous process. If you see a crime being committed or have reason to believe criminal activity is taking place, call the Euclid Police at 216-731-1234.
Here are a few practical crime prevention tips that are good reminders for everyone.
- Learn about local nonprofits in your community. You may be surprised at how many you find, and how eager they are to help you keep your neighborhood safe.
- Help people in your community connect to programs (especially for kids) that will allow them to spend their free time in positive, healthy environments.
- Arrange a neighborhood watch that works with local police. Having trusted neighbors keep an extra set of eyes on your home is more efficient than some may think.
- Clean up your neighborhood. Getting the whole gang together to clean up helps put everyone on the same page, builds trust, and brings neighbors closer together. It also sends a message to criminals that your area is vigilant.
- Always carry a cell phone or other communication device with you when you are out by yourself; and if you go walking or running, always do so in well-populated areas and during daylight hours.
- Never leave items in your vehicle in plain view. Car thieves will often break into your vehicle for an item that has a mere dollar value.
- Always lock your vehicle, even when parked in your own driveway or parking space.
- Try not to carry large sums of cash on your person.
- Park in well-lit, busy areas. Avoid leaving your vehicle in unattended parking lots for long periods of time when possible.
- Check out EuclidPD.org, the Euclid Police website, which allows you to submit tips, get records, and download resources.
- Follow EPD on Twitter @Euclid_PD and Euclid Police Facebook.
The National Crime Prevention Council designated October Crime Prevention Month through a presidential proclamation. Since then, NCPC has worked with government agencies, law enforcement, schools, businesses, and civic groups to spread the word about crime prevention and personal safety. Join the movement!
I am the Community Policing Specialist at the Euclid Police Department.