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What You Can Do

Ways you can celebrate Crime Prevention Month

Here are some ways that you can promote crime prevention—and Halloween safety—this October.

  • Link to crime prevention websites. The main NCPC site,, offers information on how states are fighting crime, tips on personal and community safety, and information on the Crime Prevention Coalition of America.
  • Include crime prevention tips on your website and in newsletters, or at the bottom of your written or email correspondence during the month. For tips, check out Crime Prevention Month and Halloween, Crime Prevention Month Kits, and Newspaper Supplements.
  • Visit the Stop Bullying Now! campaign at to download free resources such as tip sheets for adults and cartoon webisodes for youth to unite and inform communities about the importance of bullying prevention.
  • Request a photo opportunity with McGruff the Crime Dog through your local police department. Use the photo to highlight the issue of crime prevention in your local newspapers, on your website, in newsletters, and in your office.
  • Ask your local police department to host a community crime prevention event with McGruff and invite your local news media to cover the story. Be sure to check out Your Crime Prevention Month Event for resources to help you plan.
  • Suggest that your local newspaper print crime prevention tips and feature crime prevention stories throughout the month of October.
  • Sponsor a Crime Prevention Month poster or essay contest in your community.
  • Write an op-ed article for your local newspaper highlighting Crime Prevention Month and Halloween safety.
  • Host a Halloween safety event in your community. Make sure McGruff is there so children can have a photo opportunity with him.
  • Have a Halloween parade in your community and invite McGruff.
  • Invite the media to cover your events and activities. For templates and suggestions, check out the CPM Electronic Press Kit.
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