10 Things You Can Do

  • Work with public agencies and other neighborhood-based or community-wide organizations, on solving common problems. Don’t be shy about letting them know what your community needs.
  • Make sure that all the youth in the neighborhood have positive ways to spend their spare time, through organized recreation, tutoring programs, part-time work, and volunteer opportunities.
  • Set up a Neighborhood Watch or a community patrol working with police. Make sure your streets and homes are well lighted.
  • Build a partnership with police, focused on solving problems instead of reacting to crises. Make it possible for neighbors to report suspicious activity or crimes without fear of retaliation.
  • Take advantage of “safety in numbers” to hold rallies, marches, and other group activities to show you’re determined to drive out crime and drugs.
  • Clean up the neighborhood! Involve everyone; teens, children, senior citizens. Graffiti, litter, abandoned cars, and run-down buildings tell criminals that you don’t care about where you live or each other. Call the city public works department and ask for help in cleaning up.
  • Ask local officials to use new ways to get criminals out of your building or neighborhood. These include enforcing anti-noise laws, housing codes, health and fire codes, anti-nuisance laws, and drug-free clauses in rental leases.
  • Form a Court Watch to help support victims and witnesses and to see that criminals get fairly punished.
  • Work with schools to establish drug-free, gun-free zones; work with recreation officials to do the same for parks.
  • Develop and share a phone list of local organizations that can provide counseling, job training, guidance, and other services that neighbors might need.

Source: Police Department

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