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NCJ Number: 98352 Find in a Library
Title: Community Crime Prevention
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Assistance
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
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Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This overview of community crime prevention programs outlines key program features, implementation lessons learned from previous and existing programs, and the measurement of program performance.
Abstract: Key program features for community crime prevention programs are (1) cooperation between police and community organizations, (2) the targeting of specific problems in particular communities, (3) the use of volunteers, and (4) the use of 'Neighborhood Watch' as a component of the program. In Neighborhood Watch, residents routinely observe areas near their homes and report suspicious activity to the police. Other effective citizen crime prevention activities are citizen patrols, (residents patrolling their neighborhoods to report any crime or suspicious activity), 'block homes,' (homes designated as refuges for neighborhood children), neighborhood cleanups, and escort services. One lesson learned from the implementation of crime prevention programs is the importance of obtaining information on residents' concerns, the character of the target area, and citizen attitudes toward cooperation with the police in a crime prevention program. Other key elements in program implementation are detailed. Performance measures are listed for each type of program. Information sources are provided. An included report form for project implementation contains performance indicators.
Index Term(s): Block watch; Community crime prevention programs; Crime prevention education; Program implementation; Program monitoring
Note: Program Brief.
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