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October Is Crime Prevention Month

Oct 2, 2008

At a time when the country is troubled by economic difficulties and continuing problems with crime, Crime Prevention Month gives communities across the country an opportunity to band together, stand up for what's right, and stress that crime is one visitor that is never welcome in their neighborhoods.

The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) designated October as Crime Prevention Month in 1984. This year more than 150 communities nationwide are joining NCPC in its fight against crime and in support of this important month.

Crime prevention is most successful when citizens get involved, which is why Crime Prevention Month will bring together law enforcement, schools, local businesses, faith-based organizations, and other community groups to create a fun and positive atmosphere. Communities of all sizes will hold events to enhance public awareness of vital crime prevention and safety messages, and recruit year-round support for ongoing prevention activities that help keep neighborhoods safe from crime.

"Crime Prevention Month is the perfect time for individuals to get involved in the safety of their communities," said Al Lenhardt, President and CEO of the National Crime Prevention Council. "There were 1.4 million violent crimes in 2007. Millions of people and communities across the country were victimized by these crimes. Working together with law enforcement, we must remain vigilant in reducing crime throughout America."

This month, get involved in your community. Help police identify crime problems, start a Neighborhood Watch group, or take simple steps such as locking the doors to your home. Less crime is no accident. Take action, and help create a safer community for you and your family.

In promotion of Crime Prevention Month, 140 communities are taking part in Celebrate Safe Communities, an initiative of NCPC in partnership with the National Sheriffs' Association and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

For more information about Crime Prevention Month, visit NCPC's website at

About the 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

To schedule an interview with President and CEO of NCPC, please contact
Nicole Nasiatka at 202-261-4123 or Michelle Boykins at
202-261-4184 (
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SOURCE: National Crime Prevention Council

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

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