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Release: October 5th, 2010 NCPC Article 2/5
Immediate Release: Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa Celebrates Safe
Communities as a part of National Crime Prevention Month.
LA – October is the month that was
designated in 1984 as National Crime Prevention Month by the National
Crime Prevention Council (NCPC). All over the country, it is the
official month of crime prevention. It is a time to celebrate our
successes in crime prevention and a time to educate ourselves about
the things that we as citizens can do to make our communities safer
places to live.
the past, it was thought that we were helpless against crime and that
there was nothing that we could do to prevent ourselves from being
victimized. Well that thinking has changed. As citizens, we have
the power to prevent crime and we play the most important part in
successful crime prevention efforts. Law enforcement cannot be
everywhere at one time, so it is our job to be their eyes and ears
and to support them in keeping our homes and communities safe.
Safe Communities(CSC) was launched in 2008, by long time partners the
NCPC, the National Sheriff’s Association(NSA), and the Bureau of
Justice Assistance(BJA). This initiative was designed to help local
law enforcement and their community partners kick off National Crime
Prevention Month every October. CSC highlights a community’s
crime prevention efforts, increases the publics’ awareness of crime
prevention and public safety issues, and hopes to increase year round
support of ongoing prevention activities that help keep our
neighborhoods safe from crimes and prepared for any emergency.
Community members of all ages should recognize that a safer community
is no accident and that crime prevention is everyone’s business
every day of the year, not just in the month of October. Since the
inception of Celebrate Safe Communities, the initiative has reached
over 250 communities in 36 states.
can you do to Celebrate Safe Communities and National Crime
yourself about Crime Prevention – there are many free resources on
the internet that offer printable and downloadable safety tips and
information. You can even find safety tips specific to a situation-
such as preparing your family, home, and vehicle for travel. A few
of the resources for free information are www.ncpc.org
, and www.mcgruff.org
a Neighborhood Watch Group – Get to know your neighbors! Watch out
and help out one another. Partnerships between neighborhoods and
local law enforcement are the best way to prevent crime in your area
and it’s free. It takes everyone working together, but it works!
for your free Neighborhood Watch Startup Kit.
“Thank you” to your local law enforcement – Remember the car
accident that you were in? Did you ever thank the officers and
emergency responders that helped you and your family? Make it a
point this month to sincerely thank all of the men and women that
work so hard to protect and serve you. Write a letter to your local
papers editor thanking someone in law enforcement that has helped
you personally. This will increase morale and build stronger
community partnerships between local law enforcement and the
your friends, family, church, or co-workers about Crime Prevention
and Safety– In addition to the free safety tips and resources I
mentioned above, your local law enforcement has many, many programs
and services that they offer to the public that they serve - from
child fingerprinting and car seat safety, to prescription drug abuse
information and internet safety. Ask them to come and speak to your
church or at your employer to speak about safety and current laws.
Involved – Become a volunteer! Make a phone call, send an email,
and write a letter to find out how you can help your local law
enforcement and other public safety or community service
organizations in your community through volunteerism. You would
probably not be surprised to find out that they are almost always in
need of volunteers! You may be able to do something rewarding and
exciting to help your community and the other people who live in it.
Again, building partnerships and investing in our community’s
future is so important to the overall good and safety of our
community long term.
Back – Support your local law enforcement, crime fighting
organizations, and community service organizations. Make a donation
- $1.00, $5.00, or $10.00. The amount of money does not matter -
it’s your support that counts! In these economic times of budget
cuts, funding resource problems and just overall hard times for many
organizations every little bit helps. Many times there is an
officer and his family who is in need. Call your local law
enforcement to find out how you can help.
Safe Communities in which ever way you choose this month. CSC is
being observed nationally, October 7th
– 9th. Remember
to actively practice crime prevention and to raise awareness in your
neighborhood, community, and parish. You are the success of Crime
call Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa if you have information to share
about a crime. Call our anonymous tip line 1-800-554-5245 (JAIL) or
. You will never be asked for your name and you may also be eligible
for a cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest.
submitted by Jodie W. Powell, CEO/ Executive Director, Crime Stoppers
of Tangipahoa, Inc.
excerpts, and information for article from National Crime Prevention
and Celebrate Safe Communities (www.celebratesafecommunities.org