Crime is everywhere, no matter which state, city, or neighborhood you live in. Some type of crime is committed everyday. In 1984, the National Crime Prevention Councildeemed October National Crime Prevention Month. This yearly event has bought a focus on educating the public and recognizing those that help keep our communities safe.
Why is Crime Prevention Month Important?
Crime Prevention Month gives government agencies, schools, businesses, civic groups and youth organizations, the chance to become educated on matters that relate to their community’s safety. This may include education on areas such as internet safety, personal safety and violent crimes, school bullying and physical safety, and home and neighborhood safety.
The focus of Crime Prevention Month is to bring awareness to the crimes of the past and how each of us can prevent future crimes on a personal level. Prevention is about building strong partnerships throughout a community; putting things in place to make a community safer, and even volunteering to help this happen. Crime Prevention Month is a chance to cover topics that may not get covered in every day life, building strong connections to help keep neighborhoods safer. Crime Prevention Month is a great time to bring everyone in the community together, forming new relationships and helping to prevent crime throughout the whole country.
How You Can Celebrate Crime Prevention Month
The National Crime Prevention Council offers a large range of resources that can help you hold events during October. From their Crime Prevention kits, flyers, and posters to community organizations and emergency respondent appreciation, the National Crime Prevention Council can help you come up with ideas on how you can get involved. Involving children and youth in the community is an important step as it helps to build crime prevention at an early age.
These four event ideas can help you bring awareness to Crime Prevention Month:
- Hold a competition to help get children involved, such as the coloring contest on your Facebook page!
- Organize a Home Owner’s Association meeting about Crime Prevention.
- Help organize a town celebration and invite police and other emergency respondents to participate.
- Start a program in your local schools such as the Be Safe and Sound in School initiative.
You can find an abundance of ideas, information, and supplements, that can help you to create the perfect celebration in your city here.
Crime Prevention Month is a great time to emphasize what is happening in your community. It is a time that brings residents and organizations together to help lower crime rates and make neighborhoods across America, safer places to live and thrive in.