Report Crime Anonymously
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One of the most effective ways to prevent crime can be a Block Watch organization in your neighborhood: neighbors watching out for neighbors. Make a difference by caring for the safety, well-being, and property of those nearest you and feel comforted knowing others are watching out for you. Block Watch groups can be organized with very little effort and resources by establishing a SAFE HOUSE in your area. A SAFE HOUSE should be a place known by neighbors as a safe haven for children.
Drugs and Violence
Talk to your kids about drugs. Parents must become involved and cannot rely on school programs to send the message about the dangers of drugs. Show children that you care by communicating openly.
- Tell your child you want them to be happy and healthy and that you do not find alcohol or drugs acceptable. This may seem simple, but it is effective. It is also very hard for many parents to express.
- Discuss issues of legality of drugs. Drug history can interfere with college loans or job placement in the future.
- Discuss the physical, emotional, and educational effects drugs carry.
- Recommend and discuss positive drug-free activities with your children.
Vehicle Prowl Prevention
Most crimes involving theft of property from a motor vehicle are crimes of opportunity. A criminal may break a window when he sees an item of value in plain sight. Always keep windows rolled up, doors locked, and never leave expensive personal property in a personal vehicle.
Research shows that one in three girls and one in five boys will have been sexually assaulted by the age of 16. 84% of adults and children who have experienced sexual assault are targeted by someone known to the victim. Prevention starts with parents and trusted adults sharing accurate and honest information to empower children to say no to inappropriate attention. Children should be encouraged to report inappropriate or uncertain activities to a trusted adult or parent if they feel they have been violated.
- Create open communication and talk and listen to your child daily, showing you are interested in your child's emotions and opinions
- Teach children about privacy: theirs, others, and yours
- Teach your child personal safety skills and encourage good decision making skills
- Pay attention to sudden changes in your child's behavior, mood
- Know your child's friends and know where your children spend time. Develop and trust your instincts when it comes to who you trust around your child.
- Make your children aware of other adults your child can trust in an emergency or when you are not available
- Pay attention to sudden changes in your child's behavior, mood, or attitude. Note any changes in your child's behavior and well-being. This could be changes in mood, appetite, school performance, or social activities. Sudden changes can be a sign that something is wrong.
- Seek help for your child should you notice your child suddenly withdraws from normal social activities, turns to self-destructive behaviors, or if he or she begins to show or speak about inappropriate sexual behaviors