What is Crime Prevention?
Crime Prevention is the anticipation, recognition, and appraisal of a crime risk, and the initiation of action to remove or reduce it.
Crime Prevention is an active approach utilizing public awareness and preventive measures to reduce crime.
Crime Prevention reflects a philosophy of self-defense where the police and the community take action before crimes are committed.
Crime Preventions programs will reduce crime, stimulate public awareness concerning crime prevention and enhance our communities.
Crime prevention works. It is cheaper, safer, and healthier for communities to prevent crime than to have to treat its victims, deal with its perpetrators, and lose civic health and productivity.
But the responsibility of crime prevention doesn’t fall on one person – it’s everyone’s business. Law enforcement agencies, however, often are the focal point in community crime prevention.
This can be beneficial to prevention efforts because these deputies:
- Know what crime is happening, where it is happening, and by whom
- Have the expertise to stop crime before it happens
- Can bring community members, police departments, and government officials together
Commercial and residential property owners can request a free security survey from our Crime Prevention team, and employees are always willing to speak to community or civic groups about personal safety or child identification programs.
The Child ID Program was designed to assist parents in gathering important critical information of their child in the event of a kidnapping, runaway incident, or if they become lost. Sheriff’s volunteer members will capture a photograph, the child’s fingerprints and a DNA sample. The parent or guardian is provided with this information and it should be kept in a safe location. For privacy concerns, the Sheriff’s Office does not maintain a database, only the parent or guardian. The program is free. Groups, businesses or organizations can have the program brought to their location for special events.