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This is the feed from NCPC's TypePad based blog, Prevention Works

Apr 07, 2009 Beware of the Black Dollar
In recent months, new versions of the infamous Nigerian money and banking scams have come...
Mar 30, 2009 Cyber-Fighting Crime
Nowadays, social networking sites have made us so well-connected that we often have to be reminded of the importance of privacy and security when we share our personal information. This is certainly true: everyone needs to take proper precautions in their endeavors on the World Wide Web. That being said, we often fail to acknowledge the contributions of such networking sites to current crime prevention efforts.
Mar 24, 2009 Social Networking - The Good and Bad
According to the Center for Media Research, "Most parents in the United States estimate that their children spend about two hours a month on the Internet. In reality, kids and teens are spending upwards of 20 hours a month surfing the Web. Forty-one percent of U.S. teens claim their parents have no idea what they are looking at online. The most popular online activities are online dating (23 percent), social networking (50 percent), and playing games (72 percent)."
Mar 03, 2009 P.O.S.S.E Keeps Kids Out of Gangs
A recent NCPC training conference call on gangs sponsored by the Community Capacity Development Office attempted to answer the question, "Why Do Kids Join Gangs?" Oscar (Ossco) Bolton, founder of a Kansas City, MO, gang prevention organization gave his insights and he should know: Bolton was a former gang leader and helped recruit scores of youth into his gang. Nowadays, Bolton uses his influence for good and works with thousands of youth annually in the Kansas City area and provides positive alternatives to gangs through his organization— P.O.S.S.E. (Peers Organized to Support Student Excellence).
Feb 24, 2009 New NCPC Resources Will Help You "Take A Bite Out Of Crime®"
It seems there is no escaping the continuous "bad news" about the economic downturn and its impact on crime—which is rising in some parts of the country. If you are a law enforcement officer you know the connection first hand. If you're a community crime prevention practitioner, you are probably frustrated by the reduced resources available to help you fight crime in your community.
Feb 20, 2009 "Sexting" and Other Picture Posting Pitfalls
In the past few weeks, I've read stories that should make us all pause and...
Feb 10, 2009 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
“It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a neighborly day for a neighbor. Would you...
Feb 05, 2009 Teen and Tween Dating: Hazardous to their Health?
National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week has just concluded. A 2008 report commissioned...
Feb 03, 2009 Dating: A New Crime Prevention Strategy?
A new report has found that teens in serious dating relationships are less likely to commit crime than peers who date casually. But before we ask our crime prevention officers to become matchmakers, let’s examine why those relationships may reduce crime. The authors of the study believe the key reason is the connection and sense of responsibility to another person that develops in a committed dating relationship.
Jan 16, 2009 Technology Tuesday
Is our tech-enabled society safer for the capabilities tech brings us in the fields of...
Jan 06, 2009 Don’t listen to them; your account is not being cancelled
Crooks never take a break, especially not over the holidays when their victims are most...
Dec 30, 2008 Do good people go “bad” when the economy goes downhill?
I don't know about you but I've been hearing a lot of stories that cause...
Dec 30, 2008 When Crime Prevention Needs To Begin at Home
My friend Laura told me a horrible story the other day. Her 33-year-old colleague Viviana...
Dec 23, 2008 High School Students Play Dangerous Game with Speed Cameras
A disturbing fad has taken hold at Thomas S. Wootton High School in Maryland. Students there are using automated traffic cameras to harass other students and adults by creating fake license plates and intentionally speeding through areas monitored by the cameras to generate tickets.
Dec 16, 2008 A Recidivism Reduction Gift List
With the arrival of the holiday gift-giving season, the experts have some brightly wrapped recommendations about the new three “R's” — Reentry and Recidivism Reduction.
Dec 15, 2008 Parent Traps
It has happened to every parent that I know. Young, old, single, married; if you...
Dec 03, 2008 Beware of Housing Predators
A recent article in the New York Times reveals that many predatory housing lenders have...
Nov 25, 2008 Make a Call, Save a Life
A basic principle that underlies NCPC's work is neighbors watching out and helping out. One...
Nov 18, 2008 More Crime in a Sour Economy
The downturn in the economy is hurting law enforcement departments across the country just when...
Nov 11, 2008 Variety Tuesday
Crime never sleeps and neither does crime prevention news. With all of last week’s excitement...