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Home and Neighborhood Safety

Crime prevention and personal safety tips to help keep you and your community safe from crime

In these times of economic distress, many people are concerned about the threat of rising crime in their communities. Fortunately, there are ways to help protect your home and your neighborhood from crime. From simple steps like keeping your doors locked to starting a Neighborhood Watch program, there are plenty of things you can do to prevent crime.

Work with your neighbors to keep your neighborhood clean and orderly. Keep spare keys with a trusted neighbor or nearby shopkeeper, not under a doormat or planter, on a ledge, or in the mailbox. Set timers on lights when you're away from home or your business is closed, so they appear to be occupied. Illuminate or eliminate places an intruder might hide: the spaces between trees or shrubs, stairwells, alleys, hallways, and entry ways. With many law enforcement agencies cutting costs, it has never been more important for citizens to work together to prevent crime.

Information about Home and Neighborhood Safety

Neighborhood Safety Tips For Parents
Advice for parents on keeping your kids safe in your neighborhood

Neighborhood Watch
Tips and information on starting and running a Neighborhood Watch program

Techniques people can use to reduce crime in their communities

Gas Station Theft Prevention
Tips and posters for preventing crime in gas stations

Training on Home and Neighborhood Safety

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Training Program
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) theories contend that law enforcement officers, architects, city planners, landscape and interior designers, and resident volunteers can create a climate of safety in a community right from the start.

Publications and Products on Home and Neighborhood Safety

Travel Safety Tips Flier
This online Flier Travel Safety Tips from National Crime Prevention Council and McGruff The Crime Dog

Positive Change Through Policy
This online guide features examples of policies that create safer communities

Locking Your Home
Times have changed, and locks have changed, but burglars still look for homes that are easy targets.

Neighborhood Watch Needs You
This publication discusses reasons to get involved, the kinds of activities Watch groups do, and how they can help a neighborhood strengthen hometown and homeland security activities.

Programs on Home and Neighborhood Safety

Celebrate Safe Communities
Celebrate crime prevention and local communities making a difference

Downloadable Resources on Home and Neighborhood Safety

Size Description Title
1.7 MB Free, helpful resource on getting teens involved in preventing crime File Newspaper Mat: Get Teens Involved in Making Communities Safer
88.0 kB Full-text publication File Neighborhood Watch: Make It a Permanent Force for Community Betterment
998.9 kB Works as a guide for creating and sustaining a successful Neighborhood Watch program, and covers everything from motivating the community to running successful ... File Neighborhood Watch Organizer's Guide
721.1 kB Neighborhood Watch is coming to your community, and we need you to get involved! The program embraces and strengthens many things we're already doing, such as ... File Neighborhood Watch Needs You
151.2 kB A short survey to analyze the safety of your neighborhood File Neighborhood Safety Survey
506.2 kB Tells you what you need to know before buying locks for your house. File Locking Your Home
1.5 MB Newspaper Mat Feature: Not so long ago, people did not feel the need to lock their doors or windows. But times have changed, and so has the need to use locks fo... File Locking Doors Still Best
72.3 kB Informative brochure on the importance of securing your home File Lock Crime OUT of Your Home
4.1 MB Informative brochure on how to help law enforcement reduce crime File Law Enforcement Needs Your Help
98.5 MB As part of its “Gang Talk Thursday” webinar series NCPC presents the City of Houston’s Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office and Gang Task Force. Patricia Harrington... File Houston Mayor's Anti-Gang Office Webinar
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