The New York Crime Prevention Coalition believes that . . .
Crime prevention means:
- Law enforcement, residents, businesses and the academic community working together to address ways to prevent crime.
- Educating communities in ways to reduce or eliminate criminal opportunities.
- All residents working together to develop action plans to keep their neighborhoods crime free.
Crime prevention is:
- Everyone’s business.
- More than security.
- A responsibility of all levels of government.
- Linked with solving social problems.
- Cost effective.
Crime prevention requires:
- A central position in law enforcement.
- Cooperation by all elements of the community.
- Tailoring to local needs and conditions.
Crime prevention improves:
- The quality of life for every community and its residents.
Reducing crime brings us:
- Greater freedom and security for everyone.
- Increased respect for the right of the individual.
- Revival of commitment to one’s own community.
- Healthier more interdependent, interactive communities.
- Increased individual and collective pride in self and community.