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NCJ Number: 77034 Find in a Library
Title: Guide to Crime Prevention for Blind and Visually Impaired Persons
Corporate Author: New York City Police Dept
Crime Prevention Section
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 27
Sponsoring Agency: McDonald's Corporation
Oak Brook, IL 60521
New York City Police Dept
Kew Gardens, NY 11424
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Written for the blind and visually impaired of New York City, this large-type text, available in both English and Spanish, explains ways to avoid becoming a victim of crime and what to do both during and after victimization.
Abstract: Police and courtroom procedures as well as services for older crime victims in New York City are described. Generally, the crime prevention and personal safety tips cover security measures to be taken both at home and away from home. Purse-snatchings, push-in robberies, muggings, rape, and elevator roberies are described. Purse-snatchings can be prevented by not keeping all valuables in one place and by not making the purse an easy, dangling target. Push-in robberies can be avoided by planning ahead, alerting neighbors to your comings and goings, and never opening the door to strangers. Muggings can be prevented by not presenting an opportunity for the assault; for example, never wear expensive jewelry in public and always maintain a bank account for the direct deposit of social security or pension checks. Definitions (i.e., of misdemeanors, precinct station house, arraignment, and indictment, among others) which correspond to a criminal court processing chart are provided. A courtroom scene is diagrammed, and family court procedures are described. Phone numbers and addresses are given for New York City Victim/Witness Assistance programs, crime alert committees, and the Crime Victim's Compensation Board.
Index Term(s): Cause removal crime prevention; Court structure; Crime specific countermeasures; Definitions; New York; Personal Security/Self Protection; Physical crime prevention; Public information
Note: There is also a Spanish version of twenty-eight pages.
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