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Audio: When Crime Strikes Your Community

Sep 17, 2008

The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) has something new to help quell the fear of citizens if crime strikes their community. NCPC, best known for its icon McGruff the Crime Dog, today unveiled an initiative to help the media and law enforcement respond to crime situations and emerging crime trends.

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As part of Crime Prevention Month in October, NCPC is getting the word out about its new rapid response initiative, which is aimed at helping communities address timely topics such as home invasion, school shootings, crimes against seniors, sexual assault, and property theft. The topics covered in the rapid response radio kit that accompanies this initiative can help the media, law enforcement, and NCPC, the leader in crime prevention education, respond quickly to a community situation with proven prevention tips. The kit features ten pre-recorded messages as well as live announcer scripts that let local media and law enforcement respond with personalized messages to their community when a crime takes place.

NCPC President and CEO Al Lenhardt said, "We know that less crime is no accident. Each of us must stand ready to do our part if we want to be safe and secure in our neighborhoods without the threats of crime and violence. This initiative gives communities the information they need to act immediately."

The initiative is funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. As part of the partnership between NCPC and BJA, a second set of new radio messages will be added in the coming months.

About National Crime Prevention Council

The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) is a private, nonprofit organization whose primary mission is to be the nation's leader in helping people keep themselves, their families, and their communities safe from crime. NCPC manages public service advertising under the National Citizens' Crime Prevention Campaign-symbolized by McGruff the Crime Dog® and his "Take A Bite Out Of Crime®" slogan-and acts as secretariat for the Crime Prevention Coalition of America, more than 400 national, federal, state, and local organizations representing thousands of constituents who are committed to preventing crime. NCPC is funded through a variety of government agencies, corporate and private foundations, and donations from private individuals. For more information on crime prevention issues, visit


SOURCE: National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC)

CONTACT: Michelle Boykins, +1-202-261-4184,, or Nicole
Nasiatka, +1-202-261-4123,, both of The National Crime
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