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NCJ Number: 78774 Find in a Library
Title: Crime Watch
Corporate Author: New Orleans Video Access Ctr
United States of America
Project Director: B Ware; K Kern
Date Published: 1980
Sponsoring Agency: New Orleans Video Access Ctr
New Orleans, LA 70113
Sale Source: New Orleans Video Access Ctr
1742 Terpsichone
New Orleans, LA 70113
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A filmed neighborhood crime prevention message is presented. It urges citizen participation, awareness, and reliance on neighborhood alert signals in moments of danger and prompt notification of police when potentially threatening incidents occur.
Abstract: Specifically advocated is citizens' use of whistles as a crime prevention measure to alert neighbors of impending trouble, the presence of suspicious characters, unusual events, or confrontations of potential violence. The vignette illustrates a young woman's error in judgment at two critical moments. Upon being accosted by a stranger on the street near her home, she decides to try evading him without a call for help. Having reached safety, she decides not to report the incident to the police. The stranger appears again, approaching her with even greater violence, and this time she uses her whistle. Her signal is picked up by a watchful neighbor, the molester becomes frightened, and she is able to telephone the police. Everyone involved experiences relief when police officers apprehend and arrest the molester as a result of the responsible and cooperative actions of neighborhood residents.
Index Term(s): Audiovisual aids; Block watch; Citizen crime reporting; Community crime prevention programs; Community involvement; Police community relations
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