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350 Tested Strategies To Prevent Crime. A Resource
for Municipal Agencies and Community Groups.
National Crime Prevention Council, Washington, DC.
Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Bureau of
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*Agencies; *Community Programs; *Crime Prevention;
Dropouts; Drug Abuse; Partnerships in Education;
Program Descriptions; Public Education; Resources;
Safety; Social Bias; *Urban Problems; Violence;
*Youth Programs
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In the past few years, there has been a groundswell
of community partnerships to prevent crime and drug abuse. This
compilation presents prevention strategies, rather than programs, to
help communities focus on adapting and tailoring program ideas and
crime prevention techniques to local needs and circumstances. The
strategies described are real-life approaches rather than textbook
theories. Each strategy is illustrated with program examples. The 350
strategies are grouped into the following categories: (1) public
education; (2) community mobilization; (3) youth programs and dropout
prevention; (4) law-enforcement and community links; (5) safe and
attractive public places in cities and in schools; (6) economic
development; (7) violence; (8) drugs; (9) bias crimes; and (10)
property crime. Chapters highlight key components, partnerships, and
obstacles for each strategy. A reference bibliography concludes each
chapter, and a resource guide provides information on 109 groups with
resources and program examples. (SLD)
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is to enable people to prevent crime and build safer, more
caring communities. NCPC publishes books, kits of cameraready program materials, posters, and informational and
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community-building subjects. NCPC offers training, technical
assistance, and national focus for crime prevention: it acts as
secretariat for the Crime Prevention Coalition, more than 130
national, federal, and state organizations committed to
preventing crime. It also operates demonstration programs
and takes a major leadership role in youth crime prevention.
NCPC manages the McGruff -Take A Bite Out Of Crime"
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Community Support Programs for Mentally
Ill Offenders
Support Needs of Recent Immigrants
Community Job Banks
Coalition Work
Use Codes and Ordinances "lb Prevent Crime
Use Media as an Ally
Advocacy for Nonviolent Entertainment
Targeted Legal Services and Education
Local Public Service Advertising
Crime Prevention Programs on Local
Faith Institution-Supported Mentoring
Nurture Community Groups and
Neighborhood Associations
Citizen Patrols
Local Government-Community Crime
Prevention Coalitions
Encourage Community Support for
Law Enforcement
Community Coalitions 'lb Combat Crime,
Violence, and Drug Abuse
Involve Media Representatives in
Cable Television
Expand Access to Public Officials
Crime Prevention Information Centers
Outreach Through Community Media
Community Special Events and
Information Fairs
Speaker's Bureaus
Broad-Based Community Programs "lb Support
Youth Development
Use Senior Citizens as Volunteers
Use Advances in Technology "lb Promote Safety
and Aid Community Crime Prevention
Beautification Projects
Performances lb Reinforce Prevention Themes
Neighborhood-Based Service Centers
Organize Business Anticrime Groups
Promote Home and Business
Security Systems
With Youth
Crime Tip Rewards
Victim Assistance Services
Reinforce Community Standards Against
Ensure Affordable Child Care
Violence Prevention and Problem Solving
Education for Children
Neighborhood Watch
Create Access to Safe Urban Open Space
Directories of Services
Use College Students as Volunteers in Muth
Celebrate Neighborhood Accomplishments
Community Coalitions 'lb Prevent 1)rug Abuse
and Drug-Related Crime
Outdoor Challenge Education
School-to-Work Programs
Muth Leadership as a Community Resource
Dropout Prevention Focused on High-Risk
Elementa ry Student s
Crime Prevention Services for the Elderly
Special Community Events 'lb
Promote Prevention
Provide Positive Alternatives to
Gang Activity
Reduce the Number of Handguns in
the Community
Use Performing Arts 'lb Build Healthy Bodies and
Recreation Centers
Crime Prevention Programs Targeted at
Female Youth
Implement Curfews for Youth
Support Youth Through Intergenerational
Community-Based Programs for Runaway and
Homeless Youth
College Students as Volunteer Resources and
Role Models
Counseling for Divorcing Parents
Peer-to-Peer Instruction
Crime Prevention 'lechniques for
Young Children
leen Pregnancy Prevention
Parental Involvement Programs
Adults as Mentors
Rites of Passage Training
Community-Based Support for Domestic
Violence Victims
Date Violence Prevention for Teens
Community-Based Parent Education
and Support
Intensive Intervention lb Prevent Foster
Care Placement
Youth-Designed and Youth-Led
Community Service
Values-Based Curricula
Safe Haven Facilities
Schools as Community Resource Centers
Law-Related Crime Prevention Education
With Community Action
Crisis Hotlines
Youth Advisory Boards
Surveys of Community and Youth Concerns
Local Coordination of Youth Policy
Community Building Through Mobilization
and Programs
Alternative Schools
Intensive Intervention With Adjudicated Youth and
Their Families
Community-Based Day and Residential Treatment
Cooperate With Grassroots Organizations 'lb
Address Problems
Analyze Crime Data To Focus Resources on
Local Problems
Police Sponsorship of Positive Activities
for Youth Offenders
Intensive Community-Based Supervision
and Reintegi ation
leen Courts
Gang Prevention Programs for Female south
Surrogate Families
Gang Prevention Curricula
Individual and Family Therapy Programs
Court-Appointed Special Advocates
Adults as Career Mentors
Prenatal Care and Drug Abuse Prevention for
Pregnant Women
Family-School Partnerships
Community-Based Health Services
Support Vulnerable Members of
the Community
Training in Prevention for Other
Local Agencies
Community Input on Improving
Court Systems
Educational Programs About
the Court System
for Children
Law Enforcenient Inv<ilvenient in Schmils and
Surrounding Areas
Victim and Witness Support
Community Storefront Police Stations
Graffiti Enforcement
Community Ombudsman
Truancy Reduction Through Daytime Curfews
In-Home Counseling for Young Parents
Intervene With Youth at Risk of
Gang Involvement
Restitution to Victims
Crime Prevention Training for All
Department Staff
for Youth
C it izen Patrol
Partnership With Residents of Public Housing
Positive Youth Interaction With the
Criminal Justice System
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Partnership With City Agencies 'lb
Prevent Violence
Law Enforcement-Led Multiagency Support for
Neighborhood Services
Law Enforcement-Sponsored
Community Events
Safe Havens
Community Meetings
Cooperate With Businesses
Partnerships in Rural Communities
Code Enforcement
Educate Residents About Law
Enforcement Operations
Multiagency Youth Service Support 'learns
Focus on Quality-of-Life Improvements
Outreach to Diverse Communities 'lb
Reduce Victimization
Translators and Multilingual Crime Prevention
Education Materials
Law Enforcement Progt-ams for Ibuth From
Ethnic Minorities
Involve Residents in Community
Policing Planning
Police Cooperation With Residents 'lb Identify
C.ommunity Needs
Mobile Service Vehicles
Bicycle Patrols
Apply Crime Prevention Through Environmental
Design to Parking Structures
Reduce Insurance Premiums for
Security Improvements
Business Crime Prevention Education
Community Safety and
Security Assessments
Fax Information Network
Workplace Safety Inspection
Promote Insurance Loss Control
Reduce the Amount of Readily Available Cash
Promote Hotel/Motel Security Standards
Employee Safety Training
Cardboar'd Police Officers
Ethnic and Culturally Sensitive Business
Crime Prevention
Control Cruising
Enhanced Lighting in Retail Districts
Display Business Address Numbers
Zoning Laws
Curtail Operating Hours
Police Cooperation With Residents "ro Reduce
Drug Trafficking
Traffic Control
Secure or Demolish Abandoned Buildings
Trash Patrol
Photograph/Videotape Illegal Behavior
Small Claims Suits
Put Workers in Public Places in Uniforms
Seize Customer's Vehicles
High-Risk Business Security
CPTED Ordinances/Guidelines
Code Enforcement 'learns
Utility/Employee Watch
Employ Security Staff
Provide Valet Parking
Address Women's Concerns
Citizen Crime Prevention Councils
Safer Design of Public Areas
in Neighborhoods
Bicycle Patrol
Mall Watch
Mice Substations
Automated 'teller Machine Safety
Live-in Police Officers
Require Businesses "lb Remove Graffiti
Restricted Access to Selected Streets
or Neighborhoods
Park Watch
Extended Park Operating Hours
Mke Back the Parks
Restrict or Prohibit Alcohol Use
"Incubate" Young Businesses
Early Warning Arson Prevention
Community Business and Housing
Development Planning
Community Beautification
Promote Business Involvement in
the Community
Ensure Supply of Affordable Housing
Restrict Access
Emergency Room Violence
Prevention Protocol
Hospital Watch
Exact Change Policy
CPTED for Subways
Prohibit Panhandling in Subways
Install Cameras on Buses
Remove Identification From Rental Vehicles
Thxi Security Screens
Security Escort Service
Highway Watch
Support lelecommuting, leleshopping, or
Mail Ordering
Controlled Access to School Buildings
Closed Circuit Television Surveillance
Code of Conduct
Dress Code
Drug-Free Zones
Student Crime Watch
Gun-Free Zones
Crime Reporting Hotline
Student, Faculty; Staff, and Visitor II) Cards
Reduced Nighttime Lighting of
School Buildings
Volunteer School Security Patrols
Phones in Classrooms
Crisis Planning
School Resource Officers
Staff naining
Enlist Resources of U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development and
Other Federal Agencies
Micro-Credits to Small-Scale Business
Targeted Lending
Business Watch
Comprehensive Curricula
Train Professionals lb Recognize Child Victims
Public Dialogue and Community Mediation
Information Networks on Gang Activity
Multiagency Gang Interdiction 'learns
Combine Corrections With Treatment
Thrget Serious Habitual Offenders
Restitution by Juvenile Offenders
Boot Camps
Enforcement of Trespass Law
Closed Circuit Tv Cameras: Electronic
Surveillance of Public Spaces
Resident Initiatives and
Empowerment Program
Undercover Street-Level Drug Purchases
Access Control
Pay lelephone Incoming Call Elimination
Voluntary Resident Patrols
Tenant Screening
Crime Prevention and Awareness 'fraining
for Residents
Cleanup Projects
Fencing and Other Barriers
Move Security Headquarters
Enhanced Lighting
Police-in-Residence Program
Teach Juveniles the Consequences
of Violence
Address Violence as a Public
Ilea Ith Problem
In-School Probation
Before- and After-School Programs
Diversion from Incarceration
Prevent Bullying
Drug-Free School Zones
Incentives and Rewards for Healthy Choices
Easy Access to Prevention and
Treatment Services
lbuth-to-Youth Antidrug Strategy
Alternatives to Drugs
Media Campaigns
Community Action
"Hot Spot" Strategy
Restrictions on Pay Phones
Community Partnerships
Churches as Resources
Involve Local Businesses
Enforce Local Codes and Ordinances
Hold Property Owners Accountable
Reinvest Assets Seized in Drug Raids
Enforce Bans on Alcohol Sales to Minors
Drug Courts
Empower Residents 'lb Reclaim
Public Housing
Screen Tenants
Discourage "Happy Hours"
Ban Drugs From Public Events
Athletics for Drug Prevention
Drug Screening of Employees
Culturally Sensitive Drug Prevention
University Drug Policies
Mentors as Role Models
Arts-Related Prevention
Drug Activity Hotlines
Safe Design of Public Areas
Drug-Free Social Events for Youth
Job Training and Employment Opportunities
Train Those Who Serve Alcohol
Assist Child Victims
Regulations and Ordinances on Gun Licensing ... 253
Promote Nonviolent Images of Youth
Involve Youth in Violence Prevention
Educate University Students About
Crime Prevention
Train School-Age Youth To
Mediate Conflicts
Support for Victims
Counsel Children Who Witness Violence
Family Therapy To Address Conflict
and Delinquency
Gun Court
Court Programs To Assist Victims of
Domestic Violence
Treatment for Male Batterers
Teach Teens TO Prevent Dating Violence
Community Crisis Response learns
Teach Entrepreneur and Job Skills to Youth
Corporate Support for Antiviolence Projects
Use State Laws and Ordinances "lb
Combat Gangs
Teach Children About Gun Safety
After-School Programs for Latchkey Children .... 271
Hold Parents Accountable for Their
Children's Behavior
Train Emergency Room Staff To
Prevent Violence
Incentives for Positive Behavior
Performance as Therapy and Education
Teach Male University Students To Prevent
Acquaintance Rape
Use School Organization and Policy 'lb
Address Violence
Gang Prevention Through Community
Intervention With High-Risk lbuth
Gun Interdictions
School-Based Curricula
Increase Police Presence
Educate Hotel and Motel Personnel
Make Drug Users Accountable
Prevent Gangs
Educate the Elderly About
Prescription Abuse
Prevention and Treatment Directed at Wmen ...
Truancy Prevention
Leadership Training for High-Risk Youth
Parental Involvement
Court Monitoring
Diversity and lblerance Education in Schools
Multilingual Reporting and Education Services
Residential Building Codes
Insurance Premium Reductions
Operation Identification
Neighborhood Watch
Home Security Alarms
Street Access Restrictions
Culturally Based Youth Leadership and
Empowerment Programs
Ongoing Police-Cultural Organization
Service Partnerships
Rapid Response to Reported Incidents
Media Campaigns About Community Standards
for Iblerance
Increase Visibility and Surveillance
Cellular lblephone or Radio Patrols
Voice Mail Information
Outside Residential Lighting
Commercial Lighting
Business Watch
Display Business Address Numbers
Direct Deposit
Counseling for Offenders Involved in
Hate Groups
Community-Based Dispute
Mediation Services
Support for Victims
Pay-Before-You-Pump Gas l)c)licy
Score/Cut Vehicle Inspection Stickers
Protect Credit Cards
Use Security Sensor Thgs
Fire Safety Education for Juveniles
Disseminate Automobile Theft
Prevention Devices
Anti-Theft Decals for Automobiles
Graffiti Removal Policy/Tips
Discourage Graffiti Marketing
Graffiti-Resistant Materials
Offender Help With Paint-Outs
Intervention lb Prevent Recidivism Among
Juvenile Arsonists
Restrict Sales of Graffiti 'Ibols
Vandalism Prevention Curriculum
Community Cleanups
Home Security Inspections
"What works?"
"Has somebody
tried . . . ?"
"What can we do
about . . . ?"
"Why can't we . .
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These are questions
communities around the
country ask as they roll
up their sleeves to take
on the challenge of
reducing violence,
drugs, and other
cross the country in the past few vars. there has been a groundswell of
community partnerships to prevent crime and drug abuse. Collaborative. comprehensive efforts that address causes as well as symptoms, solutions as well as problems.
are generating new energy and new working relationships at the local level. aimed at
prevention rather than reaction. At their best, these partnerships involve all elements
of the connnunity and aim to buikl workable, lasting structures and instituti(ms ti
establish and sustain community safety and security.
A major challenge for the Bureau of Justice Assistance is to help identify and spread
the mird ab(mt pronnsing techniques and pnigram ideas that can help prevent crime.
in order to help cinnmunities develop and support the safe, strinig neighborhoods and
which comprise safe communities.
hi .'?5 Jested Stmlegies Th Prevent Crinu:
Resounv fi». Municipal Agencies and
Cmnmunity Groups, the Natnmal Crime Prevention Council has taken a major step
toward helping us meet that challenge. By taking a in )vel approachomsidering strat-
egies rather than programs--this book helps communities focus on adapting and
taih wing program ideas and crime prevention techniques to local needs and circumstances and to comprehensive plans. The strategies are vivid, real-life approaches
rather tha,. textbook theory. Program examples illustrate each strategy's practicality
and promise.
Experience to date with such local partnership initiatives as WA's PACT (Pulling
America's Communities igether), and the Comprehensive Communities Pr( igram tells
us that communities want to know what approaches give evidence of effectiveness.
but they need to position these strategies in their own contexts. 350 "Ii'sted Strategies
lets them do just that.
Not every strategy will tit the needs of every community. But every community will
benefit from thinking about whether and how these strategies can be useful. Strategic
thinking helps bring to the table a wider range of partners to scilve pniblems. leverage
resources, and generate action. Any cininnunity will be enriched by developing a
problem-solving attitude and approach as well as strategic perspective. .750 7i.sted
Strategies tun only inicirms about crime prewntion. but it engages all einnmunity
residents in the task. That has for more than 15 vars been the overarching goal of
the National Citizens' Crime Prevention Campaign, which the Bureau of Justice Assistance is proud to support.
Nancy Gist, Director
Bureau of Just ice Assistance
Office of Justice Pnigrams
S. Departtnent of Justice
)ecember 1995
Ultimately, the value of
crime prevention is that
it "improves the quality
of life for every
community and its
residents." These were
the concluding words of
the principles drafted in
1990 by the Crime
Prevention Coalition,
more than 130 groups
including federal
agencies, national
organizations, and state
crime prevention
programs and
dedicated to promoting
crime prevention.
his document is based on the premise that the key to effective crime prevention is cooperation and coordination among the criminal justice, social, economic,
family and other systems that make up a community. Prevention as a cornerstone of
policy can reduce tile burden on the criminal justice systema burden felt at federal.
state, and local levels as well borne by individuals and communities.
The Crime Prevention Coalition wrote in 1990:
Our aim is to build a limndation fir crime preventim ifforts within every community in the United States, to preserve and reclaim our neighborhoods. and to
elinnnate conditions that give rise to crime. WI do so. we summon erely citizen.
civic and social group. government agency, and business to take appropriate steps
to prevent crime.
That call to action offers the extraordinary promise of crime prevention to every
community Its manifestations are many; its opportunities are rich: and its rewards
are extraordinary It is our hope that this comprehensive collection of 350 tried and
tested strategies reveals the richness in the innovations of local governments and
communities throughout the nation. We present these strategies grounded in local
realities as examples of approaches that can be applied to local issue:: and priorities.
In recognition of the role of local governments in galvanizing community institutions
and integrating programs, it contains many examples of how local resources were
brought together to build safer, more caring communities.
Reducing crime is clearly one of the nation's most urgent social problenls. Communities and local governments are the front line in the struggle to find practical and
effective ways to build communit y. protect public safety support families, encourage
healthy youth. and improve residents quality of life. We hope that committed community and local government leaders see the menu of strategies in this document as a
tool to help them meet this most formidable challenge.
The ten chapters in this book highlight how communities and local governments
have addressed crime problems and the conditions that lead to crime. Each chapter
includes ten to fifty strategies in key topical areas: public education; community
mobilization; youth; law enforcement-conlmunity linkages; safe and attractive public
places; economic development; violence; drugs: bias crimes; and property crime. The
chapters highlight the key components, partnerships, and potential obstacles for each
strategy and profile established programs that employ the strategies. A reference
bibliography concludes each chapter and offers opportunities for further research. The
resource guide in the last section provides information on dozens of national, state.
and local groups that provide resources and program examples. The index will help
direct readers to key topic areas, programs, and strategies of particular interest. No
one publication could capture the remarkably diverse and creative strategies and
programs that have been developed by energetic and creative groups and individuals
across the country Omission here reflects our space limitations rather than the quality
of these strategies and programs. Similarly, an exhaustive bibliography on any of these
subjects would be in itself a major document. The bibliographies provided here reflect
only a few of the many excellent writings on these topics. NCPC welcomes information
on strategies, programs, and resources that enrich and expand upon this first edition.
Correspondence should be sent to the attention of the Municipal Initiatives Unit.
This document was inspired by our work with local practitioners, state leaders,
policymakers, and researchers who seek examples of the benefits of prevention. Many
thanks go to the countless program and research organization resources that contributed information. ideas, and insight. The National Crime Prevention Council gratefully
acknowledges the support of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (WA). Office of Justice
Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, and particularly Robert II. Brown, Jr.. Chief
of the Crime Prevention Branch. lie encouraged us to pursue this mammoth undertaking and provided sustained support and encouragement as it was painstakingly
compiled. Nancy Gist, WA's Director, not only encouraged our work but gracimsly
provided thoughtful framing in her Foreword.
The development and production of the document was spearheaded by the vision of
Terry Modglin, NCPC's Director of Municipal Initiatives, who first noted the need for
it during his work on the pioneering crime prevention planning effort by "l'exas' seven
largest cities in the WA-supported program, "....xas
City Action Plans to Prevent
Crime. Research and selection of strategies, selection of consulting writers and compilation of the documents, and responsibility for several sections was managed by
Theresa Kelly originally a consultant writer to NCPC and now the Technical Assistance
Coordinator for the Municipal Initiatives Unit. The entire document benetitted from
framing and editing grounded in the considerable experience and thoughtful perspective
of Jean E O'Neil, NCPC's Director of Research and Policy Analysis and Managing
Editor. Judy Kirby. Assistant Editor, provided extensive help in publishing the text and
preparing it for production. Updates were researched by Chris Scileppi and other
menthers of NCPC's staff. Jack Calhoun, Executive Director of NC PC, provided vision.
valuable critique, patient perspective, and inspiration grounded in experience with
community-based and local government programs across the county Other NCPC
staff who provided research contacts, suggested strategies, contributed to the text.
and encouraged the process include Robert Coates, Michelle Cotton. Caren Garfield,
Mac Gray, David Singh, and Alex Speier. Interns Suzie Easton and Sarah Hebrenk
were key contributors to the research effort and initiation of contacts with resource
agencies. Kim Anderson plowed pleasantly through the thankless task of preparing the
document for final prc iduction. Her patience was a quiet but important resource.
Several able and experienced practitioners and writers contributed to this text.
including Sarah I fay (Drugs. Law Enforcement), Pat Ilarris of the Virginia Crime
Prevention Association (Public Places. Property Crime). Ray Konan (Economic Development. Community Mobilization), Chester Quarles of the University of Mississippi
(Schools. Publie Housing) and Bill Wiodwell (Public Education). Their contributions
made this publication possibk., as the task was fix, vast to accomplish with staff
resources alone. Sincere thanks go to them for their commitment, insight, and resourcefulness. This document is enriched because of their perspective, experience,
and suggestions.
These are some of the
key frustrations facing
crime prevention
practitioners across the
country today. All these
frustrations can be
overcome with the help
of the most valuable
tool in the crime
prevention toolbox:
public education.
"Iti,.re doing a whole lot but mbody seems to know it.-
"Ili, just can't seem to get it across to kids that there are alternatives to violence."All the media taints to do is Ibcus on the problems and not on tlw solutions:.
"It's hard to get people to comprehend the Paramount role they play in preventing
ublic education is about more than sending out press releases or newsletters.
It's broadening public support for and involvement in community crime prevention. It's
about enlisting the media as a partner in determining program priorities and conveying
positive messages to the public. And it's about laying the groundwork for the longterm behavior and attitude changeson the part of citizens, the media, local government and othersthat will help make crime prevention a way of life in your community.
Public education can encompass a wide range of activities. This collection of strategies demonstrates how crime prevention practitioners and others can educate, motivate, organize, and nwhilize residents of their communities to prevent crime. These
strategies include organizing a speaker's bureau, getting media representatives involved in local coalition efforts, and launching a community-wide campaign on behalf
of nonviolent entertainment. This material is presented to help you consider the best
way to make public education a priority for your community crime prevention program.
This section is not a complete overview of possible public education strategies.
Rather, it is a sampling of the kinds of things that can work to get people and the
media involved in preventing crime and violence: it also includes contact organizations
so you can find more information.
Just as press releases and newsletters won't get the job done on their own, choosing
just one or two of the activities outlined in this packet won't be effective. Public
education campaigns work because lots of different things are happening, because
different people are out there making the case, and because citizens are being exposed
to messages in different venues and different situations. One public education priority
is to do as many different things in as many different ways as you can. And because
you can't do everything, another priority is to enlist others to help you achieve your
Get together with community groups working on related issuesfrom poverty to
ec(imanie devek)pment to y(futli servicesto determine lit Av they can help and what
resources they can devote to public education activities on crime prevention.
350 7i'sted Strategies to Prevent Crime
Reach out to local advertising, marketing, and public
relations firms and other experts who might provide pro
bono support and expertise.
Convene a public education steering committeewith
representatives from government, law enforcement, business, the media, and community and citizen's groupsto
brainstorm about activities and divide responsibilities for
Community crime prevention initiatives have a wide ar-
ray of local assets to draw on for designing and implementing public education strategies and activities like the
ones presented here. "Ilink about the assets available to
you, and work with them to craft a long-term, sustainable
public education campaign that makes crime prevention a
community-wide concern.
getting the job done.
Involve Media Representatives in Coalition Work
Key Partnerships
Involve representatives of local medianewspapers,
prevention coalitions as a way of focusing media attention
The key approach is to consider the media both a partner
and a resource. Just as crime prevention practitioners can
provide their media partners with information and guid-
on prevention topics and tapping into the local media's
expertise and resources.
ance on how to respond to these issues, the media can
help by framing messages, developing story ideas, and
Crime Problem Addressed
producing public service announcements, newsletters, and
other critical communications.
broadcast television, cable television, and radioin crime
Media organizations are among the most visible and influential institutions in American communities. Media own-
Potential Obstacles
ers and managers often play active roles in the chamber
of commerce and other prominent community business.
and professional groups; local television personalities are
widely recognized, in many cases attaining celebrity status. Also, decisions made by editors, editorial writers,
public affairs staff, program producers. and others can
Media personnel are typically busy and may be reluctant
have a broad impact on community priorities and opinion.
Involving media representatives in local coalitions can help
assure that the mediaand, in turn, the general public
is well informed on prevention topics.
Key Components
Media partnerships involve more than arranging for a pub-
lic service announcement or a news story Among the
avenues to more active and rewarding relationships with
the media:
involving owners and senior management of prominent
local media organizations in prevention task forces and
other initiatives:
asking reporters. editors, and program producers who
regularly cover issues of crime and violence to join in
discussions of the problem and possible solutions:
ensuring that media representatives are on guest lists
for community events, prevention workshops. parades,
and other activities; and
I working with media representatives to help shape policies about violence in programming and to use the media
to encourage positive responses to crime problems.
to commit to or to take part in new projects or timeconsuming activities. Additionally, concerns about the me-
dia's independence may keep editors and reporters from
taking part in coalition efforts in an official capacity
Signs of Success
When officials in San Antonio, lexas. were organizing a
city crime prevention commission, they knew media involvement would be criticalbut they did not know how
critical. By inviting prominent local media figures to play
a leadership role in the panel's deliberations and programs.
the city created a partnership that has generated positive
media coverage, as well as provided free broadcast equipment and facilities for public service announcements and
other programming.
Applying the Strategy
The Utah Council for Crime Prevention sought to keep
local media involved in policy discussions and program
design by inviting media representatives to serve on the
council's board on a rotating basis. Media personnel are
also asked to participate in special prevention task forces
organized by the council. Collaboration between the council and its media partners has resulted in locally produced
television documentaries and public service announcements. as well as other activities raising public awareness
of crinie preve»tion throughout the state.
Public Education
Contact Information
Crime Prevention Officer
San Antonio Police Department
711 West Mayfield
San Antonio, lexas 78211
Executive Director
Utah Council for Crime Prevention
66 East Cleveland Avenue
Salt Lake City, Utah 8-1115
Advocacy for Nonviolent Entertainment
Encourage the public and the media to choose nonviolent
forms of entertainment as a way of buikling public awareness of alternatives to violence.
Crime Problem Addressed
organizers are able to convince local media that this is a
broad-brush campaign against all media violence, rather
than an attack on a particular medium or specific programming. It is also difficult to quantify the impact of one day
each svar and to monitor the number of people who par-
ticipate. Finding ways to demonstrate resultsincreased
awareness, participation in alternative forms of entertain-
Violence is seeping into every facet of American society
from television and movies to music and advertising. According to the Center for Media and Public Affairs (based
mentis key to gathering support.
in Washington. DC). the number of violent scenes re-
In June 1993, in response to increasing public concern
corded during a sample of eighteen hours of broadcast and
cable television programming jumped by more than two-
thirds between 1992 and 1994. Such progranmling contributes to people's acceptance of violence as a normal,
even preferred, way of dealing with conflict and anger.
When the Minneapolis Star 7kibune recently asked children to share their opinions on violence in the media. one
child wrote, "I love violence. Violence is cool!"
Signs of Success
about the depiction of violence in television programming,
the major television networks announced a new "Advance
Parental Advisory" to warn viewers about violent content
in upcoming programs. The music recording industry has
adopted similar voluntary advisories. Nloreover, public
pressure has sparked ongoing discussions in the movie.
television, and music industries about the propriety of
violent media content.
Key Components
Applying the Strategy
Urging people not to watch violent television programs,
listen to violent music, rent violent videos, or go to violent
movies lin just one day can raise public awareness about
excessive media violence and its possible impact on reallife violence and crime. It also sends a message to the
media that violence is not so popular after all.
A series of highly publicized violent crimes in Minnesota
in the first half of 1991 led to the creation of the country's
Key Partnerships
eli) have its intended effect, a community-wide "him Off
the Violence" campaign requires extensive publicity In
addition to the media itself, community partners that can
help spread the word include businesses, schools, libraries, park and recreation departments, religious iirganizati(ms, and colleges and universities. Partners can sponsiir
alternative activities to violent entertainment and offer public education about media violence.
Potential Obstacles
Will the media co(iperate in something so critical of its
own activities? Generally, the answer is "Niss"if project
first awn Off the Violence" (TOV) campaign. For one
day, people were asked to "turn off violence by avoiding
violent television programs, movies, and music. Related
initiatives in community and schools were designed to
teach nonviolent ways to solve problems. Minnesota's
campaign was a success from the start. More than fortyfive sponsors participated in the first year. "May, the
campaign has been adopted by communities across the
Contact Information
l'roject C(iordinanir
'Rim Off the Violence
Citizens Council
822 3rd Street, #100
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415
350 7ested Strategies to Prerent Crime
Targeted Legal Services and Education
Encourage positive attitudes toward the law by building
greater public understanding of the justice system and
providing community-based legal assistance.
Crime Problem Addressed
Individuals often run into problems with the justice system
simply because they do not understand it. Moreover. many
lower-income people who need basic civil representation
and advice cannot afford it. As a result, it is often difficult
for people to feel that the law is on their side.
Key Components
A privately and publicly supported community-based public
law office can act as a resource for neighborhood residents. Lawyers and staff encourage citizens to use their
free services and come in with questions. These services
are subsided by private sources and state and local government funds. In other activities, targeted materials and
community outreach can provide community audiences
including teachers, students, and civic organizations
with helpful information about how the justice system
Key Partnerships
Building mutual trust between community residents and
the attorneys who are there to help them is critical. The
relationship between court representatives and the community is also important. A successful outreach and public
education effort will rely on long-term partnerships with
schools and local leaders. Finally pubhc information officers from the court system will need to work closely with
the local media to publicize the resources that are available.
Potential Obstacles
A lack of public awareness about the availability of new
products and services can doom court-system outreach
efforts. l'reconceived. negative attitudes about lawyers
and the criminal justice system may also block use of such
services. On the other hand, without proper planning,
community-based service organizations may become overburdened and unable to serve a high volume of clients.
Signs of Success
A handbook distributed to judges and court administrators
across the country in March 1995 focused on court-community relationships. Citizens and Their Courts: Building
a Public Constituency is part of a long-term project partly
funded by. the State Justice Institute and sponsored by the
Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of State
Court Administrators. The purpose of the project is .o
promote wider discussion of court-community partnerships. The handbook focuses on several states that have
been successful in building public confidence and citizen
involvement in their justice systems. A national video conference will continue the effort.
Applying the Strategy
The Neighborhood Defender Service (NDS) in Harlem,
New Nbrk, has been representing people and educating
local citizens about legal issues since December 1990.
NDS has served more than 4,000 clients to date, building
bridges between the justice system and the community
and promoting local awareness about the legal system. The
program's proven track record in reaching out to so many
people who might otherwise become lost in the system
has attracted continuing support from the Vera Institute
of Justice and both the City and State of New Thrk.
Contact Information
Public Information Officer
Conference of State Court Administrators
Office of the Administrator for the Courts
1206 South Quince Street
Olympia, Washington 98501
Deputy Director
Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem
55 West 125th Street
New lbrk, New York 10027
Local Public Service Advertising
Educate the public about drug abuse and crime prevention
through a local public service advertisement (PSA) campaign.
Crime Problem Addressed
Public service advertising is an effective way to increase
awareness of urgent crime-related issues facing a com-
munityincluding drug abuse, gang violence, and hate
crimesand to build consensus around possible solutions.
Key Components
Local PSA campaigns can take two forms. Some are produced locally, while others add a local "tag--with sponsor
identification and contact numberto national advertising.
This second method greatly reduces the amount of work,
time, and money required of the local PSA sponsor. PSAs
of all types should be produced with an "action message,-
it's something that affects people in the community and
that residents are concerned about.
Signs of Success
An independent 1993 survey of the impact of PSAs produced for the National Citizens' Crime Prevention Campaignfeaturing Mc Gruff the Crime Dog and his "Take
A Bite Out Of Crime" messagefound that the advertising had indeed affected people's awareness and behavior.
Conducted on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice.
the survey of 1.500 American adults found that 80 percent
recalled having seen or heard the Mc Gruff advertisements
and nearly one-third said they had learned from them.
About one-fifth of those surveyed said that they had taken
specific actions as a result of the PSAs. and almost half
felt more personally responsible for preventing crime.
Applying the Strategy
national campaigns to local concerns, community officials
"Do Drugs. Do Time.- That's the warning at the heart of
an innovative law enforcement campaign in metropolitan
Phoenix. Arizona, that has relied heavily on locally produced PSAs. The campaign's aim is to reduce drug use
and spur demand for counseling and treatment by alerting
casual drug users to the possibility that they will be arrested. The program has attracted widespread community and media support, as well as funding and technical
assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. the
need to work with the national sponsor. In both cases,
partnerships with the media managers who make deci-
I f rug Enforcement Agenc: the U.S. Attorney's Office, and
state and local government.
sions about using PSAs are critical. l'ublic service advertising depends on the media's willingness to donate vakiable advertising time and space.
Contact Information
encouraging the audience to do smnething to address a
problem facing them and their comnmnities.
Key Partnerships
Locally produced PSA campaigns require close coordination between key community officials and an advertising
agency willing to donate time and resources. "li) tailor
Potential Obstacles
At any given time, local media organizations may be confronted with 100 or more PSA campaigns competing for
attention, support and, most importantly, advertising slots.
What makes the difference between a PSA that gets used
and one that doesn't is the media's judgment of whether
or not the issue addressed is of local relevancewhether
Special Prejects Director
Maricopa County Demand Reduction Program
301 West Jefferson, 8th Floor
Phoenix, Arizona 85003
For a copy of the Department of Justice evaluation of the
Mc Gruff PSA campaign's effectiveness, call the Bureau of
justice Assistance at l -800-688-4252 and ask for publication NCJ-144533.
Crime Prevention Programs on Local Cable Television
Crime Problem Addressed
Use public-access cable television programming to spotlight local police efforts and crime prevention activities and
to educate residents about what they can do to 'Eike A
Many individuals and organizations don't understand that
prevention can be a successful strategy in educing violence and other crimes. They are also unaware of comple-
Bite Out Of Crime,
mentary activities and pn)grams in their communities.
3:50 7i.sted Strategies to Prerent Crime
Cable television programming produced by local-police departments and government agencies can help bridge these
gaps in public understanding while building awareness of
local initiatives.
Key Components
Regular cable programming can be an effective forum for
demonstrating the local police department's openness, its
interest in dialogue with the community and its commitment to creating a safer environment. Weekly monthly or
quarterly programs can introduce members of the local
police force, provide background and perspective on crime
problems confronting the community, and offer advice on
individual and neighborhood prevention efforts. Programs
can also profile successful community crime prevention
programs as models for other citizen-led initiatives.
Key Partnerships
Signs of Success
Three out of every four Americans have access to cable.
Moreover, half of cable subscribers watch their community public-access channels on a regular basis. In local
success stories. the Oxnard Police Department in California has teamed with its local cable company to produce a
weekly, one-hour prevention-oriented program that is the
most popular offering on the local government channel.
Since the show began, Oxnard reports a 50 percent decrease in burglaries despite population growth of more
than 20,000 people.
Applying the Strategy
The Department of the Attorney General in Hawaii has
taken on an unusual media roleproducing a television
talk show for teens. Called "Bridging the Gap," the program provides a platform for teens to voice their concerns
The police department or other law enforcement agencies
must forge a close working relationship with the local cable
company which assists in production and schedules programs. Program producers must also be in close contact
about an array of prevention-related topics. Recent discussions addressed the problems of runawqs, teen suicide, anger management, teen pregnancy, and date rape.
The program airs quarterly on a public television station,
a commercial channel, two cable channels, and a radio
with community crime prevention groups to ensure a
steady flow of ideas and contacts for conmnmity features.
Potential Obstacles
A crime prevention cable show, of course, will have no
impact if no one watches it: thus, working with the cable
company to promote the show should be a priority. Also.
the program won't attract a large audience on a continuing
basis unless its production quality, topics, and format are
Contact Information
Chief of Police
City of Oxnard
251 South C Street
Oxnard, California 93030
Chief of Multimedia Resource Services
lawaii Department of the Attorney General
810 Richards Street. Suite 701
Honolulu. Hawaii 96813
Expand Access to Public Officials
Broaden opportunities for citizens to express their concerns about crime, safety and other issues in discussions
situations residents are facing. If people can be heard.
problems that might otherwise be overlooked can be efficiently addressed.
with public officials.
Key Components
Crime Problem Addressed
Citizens can address questions, comments. and concerns
to local public officials in any number of ways, from town
meetings and office visits to personal letters and call-in
ensure broad participaradio and television priigrams.
tion, public events must be publicized well in advance.
Another critical component of program design is implementing systems to ensure that citizen input will receive
the attention and feedback it deserves.
Even at the city or community level, Americans too often
feel that their elected and appointed leaders are distant,
inaccessible, and unaware of "real people's" concerns. As
a result, citizens often lose the sense that they have a
stake in the workings of their conmiunities and that they
can and should have a role in improving safety. Similarly,
police and other public officials are ()lien unaware (if certain
Public Educatim
Key Partnerships
The key partnership for achieving this goal is between
public officials and citizens. Since one elected official cannot handle every concern, it is critical that citizen queries
and concerns be relayed quickly to the appropriate government and public safety representatives. Elected officials must work closely with local agencies and police departments to ensure a timely and efficient response to
priority problems and concerns.
Potential Obstacles
There are obvious constraints on how much time elected
officials can devote to meeting with the public. Additionally,
public events such as town meetings and call-in programs
require considerable work and advance planning. Finally
unrealistic expectations can cloud citizens' opinions of local government as a force for good. Reconnecting the peo-
ple to the process requires a better understanding of issues, policies, and government capabilities on both sides.
Signs of Success
People like to feel that they are a part of the process and
that political leaders and policymakers are genuinely interested in their opinions and concerns. A nationally televised
presidential debate in 1992 during which ordinary citizens
asked questions of George Bush, Bill Clinton, and Ross
Perot attracted the largest television audience in U.S. his-
tory; beating the Aril*S*H finale and the "Who Shot
J. R.?" episode of Dallas. On the state level, Arizona recently coordinated a statewide interactive electronic town
meeting to present the findings of a special commission
on juvenile justice. The result? Capacity turnouts at
"downlink" sites across the state and high rates of participation and follow-up from residents offering advice and
opinions "on a wide range of issues.
Applying the Strategy
In Corpus Christi, Texas, a year-long series of citizen town
hall meetings played a critical role in the development of
the city's action plan to prevent crime. "Our goal was to
get input from every segment of the communityall income levels and all neighborhoodsand to offer a sounding
board for people to express their opinions and concerns,"
recalls Larry Olivarez of the Corpus Christi Police Department. The meetings were held weekly in neighborhoods throughout the city and featured the mayor, police
officials, and community leaders.
Contact Information
Program Manager
Administrative Office of the Courts
Arizona Supreme Court
1501 West Washington
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Community Service Officer
Corpus Christi Police Department
321 John Sartain
PO. Box 9016
Corpus Christi, Texas 78469
Crime Prevention Information Centers
Set up an easily accessible resource center (either a coi ;1munity-based operation, a mobile unit, or an on-line service) where residents can obtain information about crime
prevention and related issues.
Crime Problem Addressed
A Crime Prevention Information Center allows people to
research crime statistics, find out about other communities' successes against crime, and tap into a wide range
of resources providing information and guidance to support
neighborhood prevention efforts.
Key Components
The most common type of prevention information center
is the "store-front" police office, a neighborhood-based
resource people know they can turn to for help. Among
the other types of centers are a mobile police unit that
visits high-crime areas regularly and an on-line database
that allows residents to access prevention information
from their computers.
Key Partnerships
Strong community-poke relationships are critical to the
success of neighborhood-based information centers.
Store-front police or prevention offices often are staffed
by community volunteers and also can be used for community meetings (e.g., Neighborhood Watch). On-line and
mobile centers require outreach to the community and the
media to alert people to their existence as a prevention
resource. On-line networks can provide access to national
prevention information databases such as PAVNET, the
Partners Against Violence Network.
35tz "Psted Strategies to Prerozt Crime
Potential Obstacles
Funding and effective allocation of police personnel are
real concerns, especially for neighborhood-based information centers. Once one or two neighborhoods have centers, others will inevitably want one. too. One concern
about on-line services is that there may be few users from
disadvantaged communitiesoften a principal target of
prevention initiativesdue to a lack of access to com-
based prevention information center. Once on-line, the resource center will provide citizens with up-to-date information on all facets of crime prevention. T-CAP volunteers
will conduct research to gather the information from resources around the country and will make it available both
on-line and in printed form. As another example, The Community Information Exchange is a recently launched effort
to provide neighborhood-based organizations and their
partners with the information they need to revitalize their
communities. The Exchange maintains five computer da-
Signs of Success
tabases and seven computer bulletin boards containing information about successful community-building initiatives.
Numerous police departments and community crime prevention efforts have established neighborhood-based cen-
Contact Information
ters to disseminate information and build prevention
awareness. Using grants from the U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Assistance, New York City has
put mobile-service vans to work as "Neighborhood Re-
source Centers" for three crime-plagued, low-income
neighborhoods. The vans are staffed by a community policing officer, neigh-)orhood volunteers, and a victims services agency coordinator: they provide everything from
employment counseling to drug treatment referrals. "We
use it as a mini station house," comments Lieutenant 'limn
Hoskins of the 72nd precinct in Brooklyn. A 1992 evaluation found that the mobile service centers had significantly
increased cooperation between area residents and police.
Applying the Strategy
As part of the T(.xas Cities Action Plan to I'revent Crime
(T-CAP). police in Dallas are putting together a computer-
72nd Precinct
New York Police Department
830 Fourth Avenue
Brooklyn. New York 11232
Dallas Police Department
Northeast Operations Division
9915 East NW I lighway
Dallas, Texas 75238
The Community Information Exchange
1029 Vermont Avenue, NW
Suite 710
Washington, DC 20005-3517
Outreach Through Community Media
Key Components
Use community media resources, such as neighborhood
and ethnic newspapers. to publicize information about
events and issues of special concern.
Community media, including newspapers and radio and
television stations, can report on crime and prevention
topics in any number of ways. They can spotlight crime
prevention activities and events in community calendars,
broadcast community crime statistics, report on trends in
community crime, and highlight successful prevention ac-
Crime Problem Addressed
Mainstream media are limited in the amount of coverage
that they will devote to crime prevention. When they do
report on the topic, they usually provide a broad portrayal
of what is happening and what can be done. Smaller c(nnmunity media, on the other hand, regularly report on issues specifically affecting the communities they serve.
Whether they are published for residents of a specific
neighborhood or for citizens of a particular race or ethniccommunity newspapers tailor their reporting to neighborhood or community concerns. As a result, they have a
faithful following and often can mobilize citizens effectively
against special threats or problems.
tivities in the community. A successful outreach effort will
help community media do all of these things and more.
Key Partnerships
Police and community organizations must work closely
with the media organization's management and staff to
make prevention a continuing priority. The community
newspaper or radio station might be asked to become an
active partner in community prevention efforts by sponsoring local events and allowing personnel to serve (ni
special prevention task forces and committees.
Public Educatimi
Potential Obstacles
Applying the Strategy
Running a newspaper or a broadcast station can be costly
and often communities with the most severe crime problems do not have the resources to support such endeavors.
Also, community media are notoriously understaffed and
may require a significant amount of encouragement and
Crime Prevention Bulletin is a community newspaper in
Washington, DC, devoted to "empowering communities to
assistance to coordinate articles, calendar items, and
Signs of Success
A recent survey of readers of eighty-eight leading AfricanAmerican community newspapers around the country illustrated the unique appeal of publications targeting spe-
cific population groups. More than 82 percent of those
surveyed felt that the African-American newspapers dealt
with subjects of special interest to them, while fewer than
60 percent felt the same way about the wider-circulation
daily newspapers in their areas. Moreover, nearly 70 percent of those surveyed said they found "an understanding
of their life" in the African-American newspapers: only 40
percent said the same thing about citywide newspapers.
take back our streets." Published six times a year, the
newspaper features photos and information about area fugitives, plus helpful and engaging articles on a variety of
prevention topics. Since the Bulletin was first published in
July 1994, it has led to the apprehension of thirty-six fugitives. The publication relies on financial support from
area businesses, foundations, and individuals: it is in high-crime areas throughout Washington, DC,
and neighboring jurisdictions.
Contact Information
Crime Prevention Bulletin
107 South West Street, #274
Alexandria. VirOnia 22314
Community Special Events and Information Fairs
Key Partnerships
Organize festive and informative special events to raise
crime prevention awareness and bring people together as
a community
Large-scale community events are most effective and
Crime Problem Addressed
Neighborhood events can help build the sense of community that is lacking in many American cities, suburbs, and
rural areas today Walking/running races, crime prevention
information fairs, picnics, outdoor concerts, food festivals.
and other events all can bring people together and create
new respect and appreciation for a community among its
worthwhile when they involve as many people and organi-
zations as possible. Heavy promotion is keyif possible,
recruit a local radio station to broadcast live from the site.
Recruiting large numbers of volunteers and support from
neighborhood businesses and conmiunity groups is also
Potential Obstacles
Events require a considerable commitment of time and
resources on the part of their sponsorsfinancial and in-
citizens. Such events can also send important messages
to people about supporting prevention and taking action
kind support from throughout the community is key Also,
against crime.
rain date or back-up plan.
Key Components
Signs of Success
Community special events can range from an information
fair at a neighborhood police station or fire hall to a citywide crime prevention festival with musk-, food, information booths, and more. Yet no matter the event, an essen-
In October 1995. the National Crime Prevention Council
planned a nationwide crime prevention celebration called
"America Against Crime" as a follow-up to the previous
year's "America's #1 Challenge: U.S. Against Violence."
Both the 1994 and 1995 events were structured around a
five-kilometer running walking race held in cities across
tial factor in its success will be the sponsors efforts to
make it both festive and informative. People need a special
reason to attend, something in addition to the availabilit y
of good crime prevention informatitni.
weather can block outdoor eventsmake sure to have a
the country The 1994 event raised funds for local and
national youth initiatives including Boys and Girls Clubs,
350 7ested Strategies to Prevent Crime
Police Athletic League programs, and activities of the Na-
tional Citizens' Crime Prevention Campaign. Events for
1995, held in six cities from coast to coast, featured a
"crime prevention expo" along with puppet shows, magicians, high school bands, and disc jockeys.
Applying the Strategy
In Cleveland, Ohio, city officials recently worked with the
local ABC-TV affiliate to sponsor a citywide gun exchange
at a local supermarket. Offering $75 in food vouchers in
exchange for turned-in guns, the program collected nearly
2.500 guns and raised community awareness of important
safety and prevention issues. A critical factor in the success of the effort, according to Tony Charles. the director
of the Mayor's Office of Violence Reduction and Crime
Prevention was the station's "relentless" promotion
other means both on and off the air. "They did a tremendous job," says Charles.
Contact Information
National Crime Prevention Council
1700 K Street, NW Second Floor
Washington. DC 20006-3817
Mayor's Office of Violence Reduction and Crime
City of Cleveland
601 Lakeside Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
through public service announcements, news stories, and
Speaker's Bureaus
pends on the community's awareness that it exists: publicity about the service is very important.
Recruit and train speakersrepresenting law enforcement, community groups, and other organizations with
prevention expertiseto address community gatherings
and build support for crime prevention.
Crime Problem Addressed
Community associations, businesses, and schools are
often looking for speakers to discuss issues of concern and
answer questions at member, employee, or student gatherings. A key concern for many groups is how to prevent
crime. Local trade group meetings, for example, can be a
great forum for addressing specific concerns about
crimesuch as the impact of burglaries on local retailerswhile detailing prevention measures. Other potential
speaker's bureau "clients" might include large employers
(for employee presentations): Neighborhood Watch
Key Partnerships
A speaker's bureau relies on strong partnerships between
the speakers and the referring organization: between the
referring organization and community groups that might
use the service: and between the referring organization
and untapped sources of potential speakers.
Potential Obstacles
Speakers need good communications skills to engage their
audience and to ensure that their presentations have an
impact. Also, community groups need to be aware of the
availability of spe,ikers, or else the service will be underused.
groups: condominium or apartment building residents: the
Signs of Success
Rotary Club. Lions Club. and other fraternal organizations: and parent and citizen groups.
The Arizona Crime Prevention Association regularly re-
Key Components
The first step is to determine the local crime-related issues of most concern and develop an "inventory" of people
able to address those issues in an expert manner. Next, it
is important to train speakersor, at the very least, to
review a run-through presentationto ensure that they
have good communications skills and are giving the right
messages. Finally, the success of a speaker's bureau de-
fers speakers for presentations throughout the state.
Among the speakers who are "on call" through the association are experts on such topics as crime pre' ition
through environmental design, violence in the workplace,
multi-housing safety, and the prevention of ministorage
theftan increasing problem in many areas. After a series
of recent presentations to ministorage facility owners, in
fact, calls for service to police from the businesses
dropped 50 percent. The program has documented similar
reductions in service calls as a result of presentations to
apartment building landlords and other groups.
Public Education
Applying the Strategy
Contact Information
The Cultural Diversity Project in Fargo, North Dakota, is
an effort to address the challenges and opportunities presented by the community's increasing ethnicity; the local
Arizona Crime Prevention Association
PO. Box 408
Tucson, Arizona 85702
minority population has doubled as a result of churchadministered refugee resettlement programs. The project
uses "Training learns" of community residents who conduct diversity workshops for city employees, social service
agencies, schools, and other gi-oups. A speaker's bureau
provides experts on topics including diversity, housing, and
employment opportunities.
Cultural Diversity Project
810 4th Avenue South, #417
Moorehead, Minnesota 56560
Baker, Denise. TV Production Helps Youngstown Find
Solutions. Nation's Cities Weekly. 13 February 1995, p.
Killing Our Children. A Chicago Mbune Reprint, 25 January 1994.
Millions Celebrate National Night Out. Catalyst, National
Crime Prevention Council, November 1994, p. 3.
Newspaper Bags Deliver Domestic Violence Informatkm.
Catalyst. National Crime Prevention Council, December 1994, p. 4.
Peirce, Neal R. A Generation That's Killing Itself. National Journal, 21 January 1995. p. 190.
Police and Cable Television Work lbgether in Virginia. Catalyst. National Crime Prevention Council, January 1995.
p. 4.
Stepp, Laura Sessions. Youth Say TV Shapes Values: Poll
Shows Majority Want Moral Guidance on Issues. Hirsh-
ington hst, 27 February 1995. p. B1.
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American Bar Association. Just Solutions: A Program
Guide to Innovative Justice System Improrements. 1994.
U.S. Attorney's Office. Cook County Crime Stoppers
"Most Wanted" Television Program. Resource Fair Pro-
gram Summaries: Building Justice in Our Communities. October 1994, pp. 12-13.
U.S. Attorney's Office. Greater Tyler Drug-Free Business Initiative. Resource Fair Program Summaries:
Building Justice in Our Communities. October 1994.
pp. 39-40.
U.S. Attorney's Office. Lewiston-Auburn Anti-Drug Coalition. Resource Fur Program Summaries: Building
Justice in Our Communities. October 1994, pp. 21-22.
U.S. Attorney's Office. Media Simulcast. Fighting Back.
Resoulve Air Program Summaries: Building Justice in
Our Communities. October 1994. pp. 30-31.
U.S. Attorney's Office. Operation RESIST Resource Bar
Program Summaries: Building Justice in Our Communities. October 1994. pp. 15-16.
U.S. Attorney's Office. Red Ribbon Celebration Day Resouwe Fair Program Summaries: Building Justice in
Our Communities. October 1994, p. 35.
U.S. Attorney's Office. Youth Court Watch. Resource Ear
Program Summaries: Building Justice in Our Communities. October 1994, pp. 27-28.
action to prevent crime,
violence, and drug
abuse can help unify
neighborhoods by
bringing residents
together in partnership
with one another and
with local government
to reduce crime and the
fear of crime. It builds
leadership and
increases the ability of
residents to resolve
issues that affect public
safety and the quality
of life.
rime prevention at the community level entails much more than ensuring the
safety of homes and the occupants inside. Community crime prevention engages
residents. addres,,es problems. mobilizes neighborhood resources, galvanizes local
agencies to act, and revives civic energy and conlmunity spirit. Crime prevention at
the grassroots level is most effective when it mobilizes the skills and resources of
committed residents, community-based organizations, churches, parents, businesses,
the elderly and young people. Coalitions that link residents with local government can
provide the spark needed to create changes in policies and institutions.
In different ways, each of the strategies in this chapter demonstrates what committed local and community leaders can accomplish when they enlist the resources and
talents at hand.
Proven techniques to catalyze resident action to prevent crime include the following:
Neighborhood-based services to help link families with needed assistanceSince the Neighborhood Network Center opened in Lansing. Michigan, in
1990, crime in an area formerly known as a center of street drug trafficking and
prostitution decreased by 7.3 percent. The Center, initiated through the city's community policing program, has improved resident access to housing. employment. health
services, and educational suppwt.
Community coalitions to prevent drug abuse and drug-related crime
Coalitions of concerned residents can be a potent force against drug-related crime.
fear of crime, and community disintegration. Neighbors in Des Moines. Iowa. worked
with local code enforcement agencies and police to close, renovate, or demolish drug
houses at the owner's expense. In the northwest Bronx, a community coalition mc wed
twenty-four families into a refurbished home and established "Safe Corridors- in the
neighborhood for senior citizens.
Special community events to promote crime preventionAn anti-drug
march through Philadelphia enlisted 3.000 community supporters front all walks of
life. Their fear diminished by a common vision. participants tilled six blocks as they
marched through a neiglthorhood ravaged by drug dealing and chanted "No" to drugs.
A reduced number of handguns in the communityHandgun exchange
programs have pmven effective in both getting unwanted handguns off the streets and
increasing public awareness of the dangers of guns and violence in America. In 1991
Cleveland's program netted 2,300 guns, with support from local media outlets and a .
350 lested Strategies to Prevent Crime
supermarket chain. The city's churches helped with publicity and reinforced nonviolence in messages to their congregations.
combination of Neighborhood Watch, property identifica-
Neighborhood WatchPerhaps the most popular
The key to each of these successful strategies is that
residents took action to establish or reinforce the community's standards against crime. They harnessed energy
and proven community crime prevention strategy Neighborhood Watch organizations work with police to organize
groups of residents into a chain of individuals trained to
notice and report criminal behavior. Their publicity and
comr.:.:,.ication networks deter crime. A 1981 evaluation
of a Seattle burglary prevention program proved that the
tion, and home security surveys resulted in notable reductions in crimes.
resources from all sectors of the community. built on their
strengths, and illustrated that concerted action by committed individuals makes a real and lasting difference.
Beautification Projects
Neighborhood and business district improvementssuch
as trash cleanups, landscape enhancements, and gardensserve as a focus for community organizing and help
communicate community standards of care, cohesion, and
can be enlisted to help defray the cost of cleanup supplies
and planting materials.
Potential Obstacles
Apathy in the community and cynicism about the benefit
of "neatness" may dampen some residents' enthusiasm for
cleanup efforts, community gardens, or landscape im-
Crime Problem Addressed
The physical condition of neighborhoods and business dis-
tricts conveys ownership, care, and purposeful maintenance and signals whether offenders shoukl consider the
area vulnerable to victimization by crime, violence, and
drug trafficking. Most community-based crime prevention
programs operated in cooperation with local government
include periodic cleanup days or other efforts to beautify
the area.
provement projects. Publicity and coordination with other
police-advised crime prevention projects help enhance the
success of beautification efforts. Finding government funds
to support continual effective maintenance can prove difficult in communities where budgets have been cut. Diligent volunteer patrols help support maintenance, and publicity helps protect areas from future deterioration.
Signs of Success
Through state and federal agency support, Long Beach,
California, developed an Urban Forestry Program, planting
Key Components
Community organizationsusually in cooperation with local law enforcement, public works, parks and recreation
staffclean up public areas and abandoned lots. In sonic
cases, the cleanup and the return of the public place to
intended and unincumbered use is the desired result. In
others, the cleanup results in the establishment of new
green space, demarcation of neighborhood areas, a median strip improved with plantings, repaired sidewalks, or
formation of a community garden. Staff and equipment
from local government agencies are often borrowed to
clear debris and trash, plant trees and shrubs, post signs.
and maintain landscaping in public areas.
3.000 trees in the first three years. The landscaping improvements provide educational and employment oppOrtunities for communities targeted for intervention through
the Neighborhood Improvement Strategy Ivo area neighborhood associations have since applied successfully for
additional tree-planting grants. The Neighborhood
Cleanup Program provides paint and tools to organized
volunteer groups, which schedule cleanup projects designed to reduce blight throughout the community Youth
on probation provide additional labor as part of their required community service. Landscape improvements are
linked with leadership development, conununity police cen-
ters, graffiti-removal teams, and recreational services for
youth. In addition, a twenty-four-hour hotline allows residents to request graffiti-rerr( ival service.
Key Partnerships
Community-based law enforcement officers and public
works staff can help residents identify opportunities to
Applying the Strategy
implement beautification and improvement projects. Their
The St. Petersburg, Florida, Neighborhood Partnership
Program includes infrastructure enhancement and beau-
equipment (bulldozers, front end loaders, rotor tillers,
dumpsters, collection bins) make larger-scale projects
possible. Local landscaping firms or other area businesses
tificatii ni. In 1994, three neighborly )(ids were landscaped
with trees, shrubs, and grass. Neighborhood grants of-
fered through the program support the implementation of
neighborhood improvement plans. which can include clean-
ups. landscaping, and signs at the entrance to neighborhoods, as well as enhancement of parks and other public
spaces. The program also coordinates housing rehabilitation and construction in targeted areas of the city. The
impressive results of these projects are used to market
neighborhoods and to promote neighborhood festivals.
Contact Information
Neighborhood Services Bureau
City of Long Beach
333 West Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach. California 90802
Neighborhood-Based Service Centers
Neighborhood-based service centers help link families
with needed assistance and reinforce city government and
community support for residents who utilize the center.
agencies, health providers, area schmils, probation and
parole offices, and the police department. Partnerships
with community groupssuch as local churches, charitable organizations, service clubs, and private rehabilita-
tion servicesare also key to program success, since
Crime Problem Addressed
these groups help legitimize the center with the commu-
This strategy aims to reduce all types of crimes. Unemployment, dilapidated housing, unmet needs for medical
services, joblessness, drug abuse, and domestic violence
are just a few of the conditions that contribute to the risk
of criminal activity by adults and youth in a communit:
This strategy aims to minimize the impact of social conditions that foster crime by creating linkages to agencies
that can address and remedy these conditions.
nity and ensure that its services meet the community's
Potential Obstacles
One obstacle to this program can be agency bureaucracy
that blocks the decentralization this strategy requires.
The sharing of space and allocation of funds for shared
The key component of this strategy is a neighborhood
support facilities at the neighborhood network center can
also pose accounting and staffing challenges. Memorandums of understanding between agencies help clarify roles
and responsibilities and ensure efficient delivery of services to the community
location for "one-stop- access to social services. The program is based on
Signs of Success
Key Components
cooperation between the neighborhood center staff and
other government agency service providers (such as social
workers, public health programs, educational programs.
and community-based police):
support from other community resources (such as
neighborhood churches, recreational programs, and service clubs): and
a knowledgeable and caring staff.
Multilingual and culturally competent staff are vital in
diverse communities. In cities with more than one center.
the services at each center are tailored to meet each
community's needs.
Key Partnerships
The most important partnership for this strategy is between the neighbi whmid and the staff at the center. Such
centers are most effective %Olen they (iperate in partnership with the community. as well as with social service
Research by the National Center for Community Policing
resulted ill development of a Neighborhood Network Cen-
ter model that co-locates many social service programs
with the community police office in neighborhood locations.
This strategy has been used successfully in several
locations, including Lansing. Michigan. It adapts the decentralized model of conummity policing to the provision
of other social services. The Lansing Neighborhood Network Center is co-located with the community policing
officers. who coordinate a team of social service and health
professionals. The program recruits area nursing students
and others to po wide health screening, employment services and job referrals, language interpreters, emergency
luntsing and food assistance, recreational opportunities for
y(iuth. and education counseling for adults. Center staff
and neighlxws cleaned the area of trash, planted th Avers,
organized a garden-tool borrowing program, and closed
several drug houses.
Since the Center 01 will in 1990. crime in the neighwhiiod has decreastl I 75 percent. Once an area of the
city known for street drug sales, prostitution, and dilapi-
350 7i.sted Strategies to Prevent Crhne
dated rental housing, the neighb(whood is now much safer.
More residents have jobs and own homes, and community
events occur regularly.
Applying the Strategy
and information on social services available front the city
or community-based organizations. Residents can also
bring concerns to police officers and pay parking or permit
fees at the neighborhood locations.
Contact Information
In 1991. Miami police initiated Operation NEON (Neigh-
borhood Enhanceinent Operation Network) to saturate
designated areas with police officers and code enforcement
agents. Neighborhood groups worked with police to iden-
tify problem areas and devise responses. The success of
the project prompted the city to design NEON for thirteen
areas of the city The police department and the city base
multiagency service teams in these areas, ensuring a cooperative approach to working with the community to
identify problems and implement appropriate solutions. An
integrated data system provides residents with neighborhood-based access to permit requirements. clinic data.
National Center for Community Policing
Michigan State University
School of Criminal Justice
56(t Baker Hall
East Lansing, Michigan .18824
517-355-2192 or 800-892-9051
1.ansing Police I )epart ment
120 West :Michigan Avenue
Lansing. Michigan 48933
Organize Business Anticrime Groups
Robbery prevent ion"Easy prey- opportunities are
Business Watch groups deter, detect, and report crime in
business and commercial districts.
Burglary preventionSecurity measures are
added to impede and detect cimimils and to oimmunicate
with the police.
Crime Problem Addressed
This strategy helps reduce many kinds of crimes against
and around businesses: shoplifting, theft. burglaries,
purse snatching, drug dealing, and vandalism. Just as cit-
izen preparedness and surveillance in Neighborhood
Watch programs reduce crime in residential areas, this
strategy reduces crime against businesses and crime in
commercial areas.
Self-protectionMerchants and employees learn to
recognize dangerous situations, as well as ways to prevent, avoid. or flee them.
A business leader acts as a block security chief for the
participating businesses. A police (dicer acts as liaison
with the Business Watch group or business council. The
local civic association or other community groups may also
A business anticrime council or Business Witch can establish links among businesses, as well as between businesses and the police. Business Watch participants take
systematic steps with the police to reduce the opportunity
for crimes to occur in and around business and commercial
locations. Business personnel are trained to be eyes and
ears for crime prevention and detection. Crime prevention
officers and business leaders assist owners, operators, and
employees in the following activities:
Crinle report ing.--Business people observe and report to police on crimes and suspicious activities that could
lead to crime.
participateextra eyes and ears, especially for periods
when the businesses are closed. Business can be linked
to each (ither and to the police through radio or facsimile
machine message trees. Radio-equipped delivery and service vehicles should be enlisted in Business Witch activities. Window decals or signs call identify participating
businesses, serving as a further deterrent to crime.
Key Partnerships
key partnerships for this strategy include those between
the business owners and the local business crime grinip.
liigether. they tOrm a key partnership with the local police
Operation Ident ification-- All equipment. =-
department, particularly with its crime prevention or
watch liaison officers. Other partners can be the local
citizens' association, church, chamber of cionmerce. or
chines, etc.. are marked with traceable identification numbers fin. deterrence and tracing.
other go nips interested in a safe and pmsperous business
Community Mobilizatim
Potential Obstacles
Applying the Strategy
It is not always easy to convince busy business owners
Many local police departments have documented significant reductions in reported crime where Neighborhood or
Business Watch programs are instituted. The hundreds of
members of the Business Crime Council of South Texas
have provided crime prevention information to members
representing various industries, participated fi local crime
prevention planning projects, supported yout.) programs
that they can significantly reduce the incidence of crime in
and around their facilities and shops through their own
efforts. On the other hand, early success in reducing crime
may sow complacency It is sometimes difficult to keep
businesses active once the costs and threat of crime are
reduced. Some police departments require a fixed percentage of businesses in the area to participate actively to
qualify for "Business Watch" certification and support
(such as signs, regular meetings, police briefings).
Signs of Success
The Detroit Police Department works closely with blocks
of businesses to organize and guide Business Watch programs. The Crime Prevention Section is a significant part
of the Detroit police force. It has developed extensive
methodologies and materials for Business Watch, with emphasis on denying opportunity for criminal activity It elim-
inates the "easy prey" temptation by training business
personnel to identify potential crime indicators and report
them to the police. The police officers provide blueprints
for business groups organizing meetings and designating
security chiefg. They also provide checklists on shoplifting
prevention, bad check controls, internal theft precautions.
premises security and more. Crime rates have dropped
in Business Watch areas.
throughout the area, and advocated for state and lo:al
crime-related legislation.
The Marathon County (Wisconsin) Sheriffs Department has developed a Fleetwatch Program: Employees of
firms with two-way communication systems in their ve-
hicles become extra eyes and ears for the police. They
report on criminal and suspicious activity helping to deter
crime and identify criminals for apprehension.
Contact Information
Detroit Police Department
Crime Prevention Section
2110 Park Avenue, Suite 332
Detroit, Michigan 48201
Marathon County Sheriff s Department
Wausau. Wisconsin 54403
Promote Home and Business Security Systems
Promotion of home and business security systems helps
prevent property crime, educates residents, and encourages creation of neighborhood organizations.
Crime Problem Addressed
High rates of burglar y. theft, and vandalism contribute to
declining property values and tend to isolate residents who
live in fear of victimization. This strategy reduces crimes
against homes and businesses by disseminating informa-
tion and products that protect those structures from un-
measures: donations of security services and products
from area companies and community groups: and public
informationto inform homeowners. businesses, and
community groupsabout crime prevention and the availability of crime prevention devices.
Key Partnerships
The central partnership is between the police and the
community groups that want to implement this strategy
Other key groups are business associations, homeowners
and homeowner associations, and crime-victim support
lawful entry
groups. The mediaradio, television, newspapers
Key Components
make effective partners in informing the public and generating support for the project in the community.
A key component of this strategy is public recognition that
easy targets contribute to higher crim rates and that
security devices in homes and businesses impede access
and help reduce crime. Measures to improve security include common-sense precautions by police and commu-
nity groups: security surveys of residences and businesses by police officers: assistance to victims of crime
and elderly residents who cannot pay for additional security
Potential Obstacles
Honie and business owners may lack information on devices and strategies that can increase security Another
potential obstacle for low-income residents and crime victims is the cost of security devices: sometimes this problem can be overcome with I( ical government funds ( n. donations from corporations or connnunity groups.
350 Psted Strategies to Prevent Crime
Signs of Success
Applying the Strategy
Police departments across the country send officers to
Seniors involved in the Retired Senior Volunteer Project
(RSVP) of the Corporation for National and Community
Service provided free in-home security assessments for
their Phoenix, Arizona, neighbors during the nationwide
Summer of Safety in 1994. Pairs of trained senior volun-
Neighborhood Watch groups and homeowner association
meetings to explain how simple stepssuch as a deadbolt lock and peep holes in front and rear doorscan deter
would-be criminals from gaining entry
In 1984, St. Louis, Missouri, launched Operation Safe
Street with the slogan "Neighbors Standing lbgether
Against Crime.- The city urged all residents to install
basic home security systems and keep porch lights on
from dusk to dawn. New traffic flow patterns created a
stronger sense of community and helped residents identify
suspicious persons. In its second four-year phase. the city
initiated a Home Security and Burglary Victims Program,
supported by a nonprofit coalition of security profest-iionals. Trained crews installed dead-bolt locks, peep holes,
teers visited the homes of nearly a thousand area residents. offering advice on security improvements, examples
of other burglary prevention techniques, and informaticm
on local crime watch and senior assistance programs available through the city and community-based organizations.
Many residents reported that the visits from peers reduced their fear and equipped them to make decisions on
increasing home safety
Contact Information
window bars, and other security devices in residential
homes. This service cost $150 per home. but was free
Operation Safe Street
City Hall. Room 424
1200 Market Street
St. Louis, Missouri 63103
for the elderly and for crime victims. From 1980 to 1990,
residential burglaries declined by nearly 50 percent. and
automobile thefts also decreased.
Ensure Affordable Child Care
Key Partnerships
Mobilization of community resources to provide quality.
affordable child care helps support parents and ensures
safe care for children of working families.
The most critical partnerslnp for this strategy must exist
between the child care providers and the parents of the
children. That partnership needs competency trust, and
communication for the healthy growth of the chikl. Partnerships that are needed to support that central partnership involve the various groups in the community that
Crime Problem Addressed
This strategy protects children and supports families by
ensuring the availability of reliable and affordable child
care. The most immediate crime concerns are preventing
the neglect and abuse of children and protecting the eco-
provide child care, counseling, and funding assistance. For
example, governmental, social, health, and educational
services, local churches and other faith groups. service
clubs, and in mprofit groups shoukl all participate in this
nomic self-sufticiency of the family
strategy. With encouragement and assistance. many businesses help with the child care needed by their employees,
either at the job site, or through employee cooperatives,
subsidies, and flexible time arrangements.
Key Components
The key c(mponents of this strategy include:
a government agency or a religious, nonprofit, school,
university, health, or business group organized to provide
and promote qualit y. affordable child care:
Potential Obstacles
One challenge is to get the complex s stem of community
groups, including government programs. working together
n) assure the availability of qualit y. licensed, safe child
publicity to make residents aware of available services:
care at a reas(mable cost. Another task is to find the
needed funding from employers or through government
support. Local government funds to subsidize such services tend to be scarce, niaking partnerships with businesses and c(nnmunity-based po)viders even more impor-
licensing standards to ensure safe and qualit y care in
disperse locations: and
means to ensure participatim by low- and nu derateincome residents.
Cmnmunily 11014 Nati0n
Signs of Success
Psychologists, criminologists, and social workers often
trace the problems of youth crime and violence to dysfunctional families and to childhood abuse or neglect of the
offenders. There are many groupsboth governmental
and nongovernmental--in every community with experience, people, and resources for helping to nurture children
in healthy ways. When these groups are coordinated to
ensure that children receive the care that they need, parents are free to find and do their jobs or get the education
or training that they need, while their children are getting
their health, social, and learning needs met, as well. More
and more neighborhoods, communities, and cities have
concluded that the availability and delivery of quality child
care promotes healthy children, productive parents, successful families, and stronger, safer communities.
Applying the Strategy
In the City of Austin, Texas, the Opportunities for Youth
Program (OH) is establishing Child Care Management
ization. Austin's action plan provides several levels of support for children and families:
child health care and early education opportunities at
neighborhood health and education centers;
parent training and counseling, as well as training and
support for child care providers:
improvement in schools and student learning through
hands-on, problem-solving, and thematic learning; and
Muth Opportunity Centers for middle and high school
students, for tutoring, career education, recreation, cultural enrichment, and access to primary and mental health
The City of Austin is showing that it is possible to
mobilize an array of community resources for quality child
care. Many participants are now convinced that these
Services, supported by state and federal funds, to link
resources are solid building blocks for healthier children
and families, stronger neighborhoods, and safer commu-
low-income families with child care services. OH is work-
ing to enhance child care services by collaborating with
numerous locally funded child care initiatives. This program works with both families and child care providers.
facilitating the efforts of both to ensure child care services
for all children who need them.
In the spring of 1994. OH established a second program called Youth, FamilN; and Neighborhood Vitality It is
designed to create a community of healthy chiklren and
families and strong neighborhoods for community revital-
Contact Information
Opportunities for Muth Program
Children and Youth Services Planning Unit
City of Austin Health and I luman Services and Travis
County Health Department
UK) North IH-35, Suite 3500
Austin, Texas 78701
Violence Prevention and Problem Solving Education for Children
Key Components
Community-based programs teach youth violence control
and problem solving, thus preventing juvenile delinquency
by providing . ritical decision-making and life skills.
The key components of this strategy include the following:
Crime Problem Addressed
One-half million sch( ml-age children rep( wted in a recent
study that they spend at least part of their day concerned
about violence. This strategy teaches children to reject
violent responses to conflict by reinforcing positive and
nonviolent means for resolving disputes. This strategy can
help prevent drug abuse, gang violence, sexual harassment, and other pn)bkmis of violence and crime. It empowers youth with the critical thinking and decision-making skills necessary to av()id the temptation of negative
influences in their (1 )mmunity.
recognition by community institutions that violence is
a learned behavior and that youth need specific skills to
combat its influence in their lives:
commitment from a community organization (church.
youth group, recreation program) to promote violence
prevention and positive decision-making and communication skills among the children involved in activities it sponsors;
activities to encourage youth and their families to use
violence prevention and communication skills in their home
and community environment; and
--35(i 7ested Strategies to Prevent Crime
sponsored youth programs, area businesses, and the me-
school personnel, and community members in its problemsolving and crime-preventing techniques. With this active
intervention and that of others, the nunther of children
support for these activities. from local government-
shot or killed in 1/etroit has declined each year since 1987.
Key Partnerships
The central partnership in this strategy exists between
the children- and those who are helping them learn ths2
violence prevention and communication skills. The cornmunity-based volunteer serves as a role model for the
youth. Volunteers imist also work in partnership with program staff and parents to ensure that the lessons of the
program are reint4ced at home and throughout the community. Area mental health professionals, counselors, religious leaders. and other community resources are valuable partners in providing training and counseling to adult
volunteers and youth participants. Local community foundations and civic or service organizations can be valuable
funding partners.
Potential Obstacles
The primary challenge is getting local communit y groups
to include youth social skill development as a focus of their
work. Overburdened with providing other needed services
to the conmmnity community groups and city agencies
may mg want to take on such a program. Programs run
through religi(ius institutions and service-oriented organizations can operate the programs with volunteers if adequate training is available.
Applying the Strategy
The August 1994 Crime Prevention Action I'lan developed
by the Greater San Antonio Crime Prevention Commission
reports that community-based conflict resolution programs are effective in teaching young people non-aggres-
sive methods for coping with conflict and resolving disputes. Accordingly, it has developed a city-funded conflict
resolution program to serve neighborhoods, through the
city Health Department. The program focuses on alternatives to violence, gang prevention, and aggression control. and it emphasizes positive behaviors.
In 19 87. a small theater company formed in Minnesota
with a focus on children and violence, seeking to provide
alternatives through positive interaction and problem-solving. .1'his grassroots program turns kids away from violence and toward positive interaction with family peers,
and the conimunit: By 1989, the Climb Theatre group
had brought its strategy of dramatic presentations (puppet
shows, role plays) to over 60.000 children throughout the
state. Parents report that children exposed to the interactive presentations used the techniques displayed to
-cool down" and to help others to cool down, to talk about
their problems, and to avoid fighting. The program offers
services to thousands of children each year.
Signs of Success
Contact Information
In 1987. a Detroit group of parents of slain children united
to go beyond nu iurning to work toward positive alternatives to violence throughout the community. They founded
the nonprofit organization, Save Our Sons And I/aughters
(SOSAD). SOS.AD offers crisis intervention, counseling.
training in vit knee prevention, multicultural conflict resolution. gang redirection. and bereavement support. This
grassroots. community-based effort to teach peace and
peacemaking skills has beci mile a model for other communities. `',()`-',1,1) expanded its positive impact by developing curricula for training other agencies. tirganizations,
Save Our Sons And Daughters (SOSAD)
2441 West Grand Boulevard
Detroit. :Michigan 48208
CLIMB Theatre
500 North Robert Street, Suite 220
St. Paul. Minnesota 55101
612-227-966(1 or 800-767-9660
Use College Students as Volunteers in Youth Programs
Key Components
College students help ci immunities support yI)uth flit-tough
internships or volunteer work in tutoring, mentoring, social
wi irk. nursing, and law.
The first compinient is an agreement between the college
or university and the municipal service agency or program
that the students will assist. A second component is training and guidance fin- the college students. The third component is determining the services to be provided to the
Crime Problem Addressed
participating families or individuals, for example, family
counseling or legal assistance, tutoring, or help in health
clinics. The final compotient often the most difficult- -is
evaluating the program's impact on crime prevention.
This strategy provides additiinial resigirces to igklress
local crime and vi( knee problems, address neighlu rh Rid
service needs, and support positive activities for youth.
Cmmunity Mobilizatim
Key Partnerships
Key partnerships include those between the students and
the families or individuals with whom they work and between the university and the local government programs
The PTP Program educates young chiklren (from kindergarten through second grade) and their parents about
in the service area. Businesses, faith institutions, civic
gang prevention. It teaches children nonviolent conflict resolution, personal safety, drug use resistance, self-esteem,
and cultural appreciation. Student social workers educate
groups, law enforcement agencies, and neighborhood organizations help identify communities in need and opportunities to use college student volunteers.
parents on communication skills, increasing empathy
among family members, and building confidence and selfesteem in themselves and their chiklren.
Potential Obstacles
Applying the Strategy
One obstacle in such programs is the sustainability of
In Lansing, Michigan, nursing students are working
relationships through the period of time needed to achieve
the desired results. If the students are simply meeting a
course requirement for a single term, the time may not be
sufficient. The relative inexperience of the students could
be another obstacle. Accordingly it is very important that
their involvement in the program be carefully defined and
through a community-based service and police center to
help meet the health care screening and immunization
needs of a low-income neighborhood. The combination of
services offered through the center has helped reduce
crime in the area, built cohesion and stability among the
resident population, and provided access to vital medical
services at a kw; cost.
Signs of Success
Contact Information
In Austin. "lexas, students from the University of 'IZxas
Paths to Prevention Program
Health and I luman Services
PO. Box 1088
Austin. "lixas 78767
School of Social Work joined the Paths to l'revention
(PTP) program of field internships. With federal funds
shrinking and many municipal budgets diminishing as well,
these internships permit services to more people than
governmental programs can provide.
Community Coalitions To Prevent Drug Abuse and Drug-Related Crime
(..ommunity coalitions to eliminate drug sales and drug
abuse help mobilize local resources against such offenses
and reinforce resistance against all types of crime.
Crime Problem Addressed
Drug abuse is a known factor in many types of crime,
including shoplifting, burglary, robber: squatting in abandoned buildings, assault, child and spouse abuse, suicide,
and murder. Early detection and corrective action can help
prevent the spread of drug-related crime. Left unchecked.
drug abusers can take over public places (such as parks
and street corners), block walkways to school, and leave
whole coninntnities in fear. "l'his strategy seeks to stop
drug trafficking and drug abuse on the streets by mobilizing segments of the community in cooperat i in with law
drug-free school zones:
drug abuse prevention curficula in schools;
parent education and counseling groups:
after-school programs and activities for youth:
drug-free home and apartment lease clauses:
identification of and action against drug not spots:"
allocation of community resources for rehabilitating
drug abusers:
youth employment and training programs:
neighborhood beautification and revitalization: and
Key Components
Key components of this community-based and organized
strategy to control drug abuse and sales can include the
conmiunity rallies against drugs.
Only a combination ot strategies addressing the array
of cimditiiins that leaves a community vulnerable to drug
350 Psted Strategies to Prevent Crime
sales and abuse will be effective against this multifaceted
problem. Community group and local government cooperation in devising the strategy helps ensure that the activities will respond effectively to the needs and priorities
of area residents.
Key Partnerships
Key partners in a community coalition are the mayor or
city manager's office, law enforcement. juvenile justice
authorities, public housing officials and resident groups.
service clubs, civic associations. community organization
representatives, religious communities, local media, and
substance abuse treatment providers.
Potential Obstacles
Police closed drug houses by working with churches,
neighborhood residents. the public health department.
cal utility companies, and the media.
Agencies and institutions changed their policiesfor
example, one public school agreed to keep its doors open
longer to provide a safe place for the children of working
parent s.
Youth were offered new opportunities for positive fun
and growth through mentoring, tutoring, and recreational
Parents formed a community network to support one
another in working to keep their children and communities
drug free.
All community groups say they are against drug abuse.
Applying the Strategy
but it may still be difficult to enlist their active participation
In Hartford, Connecticut. schools strengthened drug-free
zones and adopted drug abuse prevention curricula. In Des
in anti-drug campaigns. Reluctance comes from fear of
retaliation, distrust of neighbors and the police, or the
Moines, Iowa, drug houses were closed, renovated, or
demolished at the owner's expense. The Public Housing
Authority adopted the policy of terminating the leases of
resklents suspected of alcohol and drug trafficking. In
Northwest Bronx. New York, a community coalition
moved twenty-four families (most from the city's shelter
system) into a refurbished home and established "Safe
Corridors- for senior citizens. In Oakland, California. a
belief that the drug problems have grown too big to handle.
"li) overcome these obstacles. a smaller group can start
with a modest goal. such as deterring drug dealing on one
conw or in One park. More people will join the effort as
positive results are recognized.
Signs of Success
community coalition closed dozens of drug houses. organized a neighborhood cleanup program, and purchased
vacant industrial land for affordable housing units.
From 1990 to 1992. the U.S. I >epartment ofJustice. Office
of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance sponsored community-led drug prevention coalitions in ten cit-
ies. Through the Community Responses to Drug Abuse
(CRDA) program. a national demonstration project, each
community formed a multisector task force, defined its
target area, engaged law enforcement as a partner. and
developed a work plan. The reports on the project show
that the strategy works:
Contact Information
Hartford Area Rallies liigether
660 Park Street
Hartford, Connecticut OS106
Parks and street corners were purged of drug dealers
and users, and returned to the people as safe areas.
Executive Ifirector
Oakland Community Organization
7201) Bancroft Avenue, #2 Eastmont Mall (upper level)
)akland, California 94605
Existing laws and regulations, such as statutes addressing nuisance and noise abatement, were used in creative ways to stop drug dealing.
Crime Prevention Services for the Elderly
Crime prevention and victim services help address the
fear causes many to remain in their homes. This strategy
addresses their fear of crime and provides crime prevention services to minimize both fear and crime.
special vulnerability to crime and violence of some eklerly
Key Components
The components of this strategy inclu(le the following:
Crime Problem Addressed
a (1)1111111.11f1cIthm net w.( irk to keep the elderly alert to
Eklerly people can he particularly vulnerable to the crimes
p(itential crime:
of burglars, purse snatchers, petty thieves, and con artists. They fear crime. especially violent crime, and that
information and training on how to rep( )rt crinte:
Community Mobilizalimi
services to support elderly victims in dealing with the
physical, emotional, and financial impacts of crime; and
access to products, training, and other services to help
prevent victimization.
Key Partners
prevention unit. Its officers contact the victim, call a neighbor or relative if the person is still fearful, make follow-up
visits, and link the victim to any needed social services.
The program serves hundreds of Atlanta's senior citizens
each year.
Applying the Strategy
Key partners include the police, social services agencies,
community groups, and religious groups. Volunteers can
be used for escort or transportation services.
Potential Obstacles
One obstacle is the challenge of helping the elderly to
protect themselves against crime without unduly raising
their fear of crime. Fear of crime i a critiol concern
encumbering many elderly people. Crime prevention practitioners who work with senior citizens agree that knowledge is the best antidote to fear. Frequent interaction with
other conlmunity members helps increase the sense of
security and support for all neighborhood residents.
Signs of Success
In Boston. Massachusetts. the Police Department's Senior Response Unit patrols 118 senior housing complexes,
as well as meal sites, senior citizen centers, and other
areas frequented by the elderly The police have increased
the residents' perception of the safety of their communities.
The St. Louis County (Missouri) Older Resident Program's (CORP) Crime Prevention Program gives senior
citizens the social and mental stimulation that helps keep
them alert and alive. Activities include an Opportunities
Fair, a cable television show produced by retirees. crime
prevention presentations at churches, social meetings and
clubs. telephone reassurance, and help with insurance
forms and legal documents. CORP protects elderly residents and boosts the spirit of older, home-bound individ-
Working with the police and social service programs,
grass-roots community groups such as Neighborhood
W:Itrh raa greatly reduce the fear of crime among the
elderly and help keep them safe. Sonic religious and other
community groups help the elderly by providing escorts
St. Louis County
Older Resident Program's Crime Prevention Program
and shopping or transportation services. Such services
add greatly to the individual's safety and sense of well-
Contact Information
121 Maroc Clayton Road
St. Louis, Missouri 63105
The Atlanta. Georgia, police department has a special
Neighborhood Watch program that is tailored to older residents. It establishes a "buddy system- in which neighbors
check up on one another, accompany one another to the
American Association of Retired l'ers(ins
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bank, store, or doctor's appointment, and watch over
601 E Street, NW
homes when neighbors are away All crime reports listing
Washington, DC 20049
elderly persons as victims are forwarded to the crime
Special Community Events To Promote Prevention
Key Components
Special community events focus attention on crime prevention and help galvanize support for ioeventing crime.
violence, and drug abuse and for improving the quality of
The key components of this strategy include the following:
life in the community
identification by residents of the central issue of concern. the purpose for the event:
Crime Problem Addressed
a community group, coalition, or collection of residents
to organize the rally march, crime prevention fain neighborhood party, vigil, or concert:
S(ime neighborlumds and municipalities use this strategy
to focus attention on preventing the significant crime-related problems of the community, including drug trafficking
or violence.
cooperation frImi local agencies and the police in providing information, services and facilities to support the
event; and
3.50 7ested Strategies to Prevent Crime
publicity to help assure maximum community participation and reinforce community standards against crime.
Key Partnerships
Individual residents. crime prevention organizations. parent groups, civic clubs, religious congregations. and busi-
ness owners can all be enlisted as partners in planning
such events and implementing actions to address the prob-
lems which brought the community together. Police departments can provide educational materials and visible
support for community members by their participation in
the Girl Scouts, the fire department, the Mayor's Nouth
Commission, and many others supported this event. Saying "enough is enough- to crime, citizens organized a
large, public rally in support of the police with the theme
of "Back the Blue.- The event also promoted formation of
Neighborhood Watch programs. The whole community
took back the streets of their neighborhood. showing community support for working with the police in making Newport News a safer place to live, to work, and to enjoy. The
event inspired many involved thousands of residents, and
was well covered by the media.
the event: they can also help publicize the event throughout
the communit
Applying the Strategy
Potential Obstacles
in a high-energy anti-drug march. Participants included
3,000 people from four schools, the Mayor, I. S. Depart-
Community events are most successful when the organizing groups include a broad representation of community
members working together to address the community's
problems and support the community's assets. Successful
planning requires sufficient planning time and a media
ment of Justice officials. educators, civic and political lead-
Signs of Sucoess
Sergeant St. John
Newport News Police Department
In Newport News. Virginia. Citizens Reclaiming Our
Neighborhoods from Crime sponsored an antiviolence
2600 Washington Avenue
Newport News, Virginia 23607
rally at a shopping mall. The mall. the police department,
In Philadelphia, a "Weed and Seed" group banded together
ers. and the police. Marchers passing through a neighborhood ravaged by drug dealing filled six blocks as 'they
chanted "No- to drugs.
Contact Information
Provide Positive Alternatives to Gang Activity
Strategies to deter youth gang membership include education, counseling, and alternative activities, such as rec-
B providing positive alternatives to violent gang activities
and tracking interaction with gang members, community
groups can combat gang violence successfully
reation and job training.
Crime Problem Addressed
The key partnerships must exist among community
Key Partnerships
groups providing services and must include community
members who can identify the services most needed by
youth involved in gang activity. The service providers,
Surveys by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
Prevention (OJJDP) of the U.S. Department of Justice
reveal increased youth gang activity in a rising number of
cities. In recent years. youth gang activities have become
more violent and more lethal. This strategy aims to reduce
criminal youth gang activity and related juvenile delinquency by demonstrating the availability of more positive
activities within the community.
cooperating through a community orgaiUzation. should in-
clude local schools, youth programs, recreation centers,
religious groups, citizen patrols, and the police. Young
people who are former gang members and staff of community organizations can lOrm a variety of partnerships
targeted to referring gang members to the program for
support and services.
Key Components
Potential Obstacles
The key components of this strategy include communit y
groups recognition that gang activities involve Of ilence
and dangers to the individual members and to their (Innmunities: go alp resi flve to klentify, monitor, and reduce
gang membership and activities: and a community-based
One challenge is to reduce the fear of gang activity that
can make some individuals and go nips reluctant to get
ilwolved. Another is to gain the trust of the gang members.
by listening to them and designing services that respond
to their needs.
effort to discourage young people from joining gangs.
C'oonnunity MobilizalUnl
Signs of Success
According to OBDE the violence of gang activity is increasing. Gangs now operate across the countr: even in
smaller cities and formerly gang-free areas. Nationally,
there has been a shift in strategies in the past tOrty Nvars
away from the social intervention approaches popular in
the 1950s and 1960s to the suppression activities that
started in the 1970s and continued into the 1990s,
Ilowever, respondents to surveys in several major cities
with serious youth gang violence reported their belief that
providing positive alternatives for gang members is the
most effective strategy, with community organization
being next most effective. Suppression strategies are considered to be less effective, except in conjunction with
other approaches. Accordingly. ODDP is focusing its gang
prevention activities on comprehensive programs that include community-sponsored activities for youth. community organization to prevent and respond to gang activity,
and police and court intervention both to interrupt deastructive gang activity and to redirect the young person toward
more positive community involvement.
Applying the Strategy
ing in violent or gang activities to become health advocates
for violence prevention. The program was started in Oakland and Los Angeles, California. two cities with high rates
of youth violence. "lbens on "Ilifget operates under the
auspices of Muth ALIVE, a statewide public health agency
that links public health information with community strategies to prevent violence by and against youth.
Established in 1989, the Teens on Thrget program provides peer education on violence and violence prevention
at schools and conferences, educates professionals, informs the media on the causes of and solutions to violence,
provides good role models. and urges policymakers to take
action. "Ii!enagers in the program make presentations to
city. county, and state officials on a variety of topics including gun violence. family violence. street and gang vio-
lence, and violence related to drugs and alcohol. Thus,
they serve as catalysts for more comprehensive community involvement with youth at risk and gang members and
for mobilizing community resources to provide youth with
opportunities that will reduce gang membership, violence.
and victimization.
Contact Information
The "liTns on Target program is helping youth become
advocates for violence prevention. In collaboration with a
school district, hospital, and rehabilitation center "Ii,,ens
Teens on Thrget Coordinator
3012 Summit Avenue, Suite 3670
Summit Medical Center
Oakland, California 94609
on "l'arget trains urban youth who are at risk of participat-
Reduce the Humber of Handguns in the Community
dents with handguns. many of which wound or kill children,
Buy-back programs and other strategies to reduce the
number of handguns help reduce violence and other crime.
and to reduce suicides, which occur much more often in
homes where a gun is readily available.
Crime Problem Addressed
Key Components
Across the United States, an average of four people die
from gunshot wounds each hour. Guns are the leading
cause of death among males of all races ages fifteen to
twenty-four. Firearms kill more teenagers than cancer.
Among the key components of a gun buy-back strategy is
the offer of incentives for people to turn in handguns. such
heart disease, AIDS, and all other biological diseases combined. A 1991 study of gun ownership and homicide published in the I'Veu. England Journal qt. Medicine revealed
that keeping a gun in a home nearly triples the chance that
someone will be killed on the premises. Handguns accounted for six times the number of homicides committed
by all other firearms combined III honit:; with a gun, Jiere
is a live times greater chance that a fat nily member will
commit suicide. Treating a youth with a gunshot wound
costs more than a year of college.
as a cash payment. grocery store certificate, or concert
tickets. Other important factors are a guarantee of anonymity for owners of illegal guns: numen)us deposit sites
to maximize gun-owner participation: publicity to advertise the gun turn-in program: and an educational component to reinforce the impact of gun violence and the importance of storing safely guns kept in the home.
Key Partnerships
This strategy aims to reduce all crimes that inv( Ave
The key partnerships are those bet ween the sponsoring
groups ((iften community organizations ( r local business
leaders) and the pi)lice wly) receive and dispose of the
guns. Another key partnership is between the sponsors
guns, including assault, armed 0 ibbery. gang vi( knee, and
homicide. In addit 0 in. the strategy seeks to reduce acci-
and the media \ vho help publicize, the program and incentives. Schools, churches, youth groups, and civic, social.
350 Tested Strategies to Prerent Crime
and service dubs should also publicize the program and
encourage members to consider turning in their guns.
Potential Obstacles
One challenge is to ensure that guns can be turned in with
no questions asked. Family members might be reluctant
to turn in an illegal or unregistered gun if it would cause
legal trouble. Another challenge is to find the donors to
support the incentives used in a gun exchange progam.
Police may be reluctant to participate over concern about
necessary resources to store the weapons and perform
ballistics checks on the guns. The community should be
educated to look at turn-in programs as one of many integrated strategies to reduce gun-related violence in a
Signs of Success
At the launch of the Cleveland. Ohio. gun exchange program in 1994. a city council member noted, "Handgun
the Mayor's Office. other sponsors included a television
station, a radio station, and supermarkets. Public media
co-sponsorship helped assure that the word got out effectively Cleveland's churches also reinforced the dangers of
handguns used in violent acts and the benefits of the gun
exchange program.
Applying the Strategy
In its six-day gun buy-back program, Norfolk. Virginia,
collected 824 handguns, 235 shotguns and rifles. 1 machine gun, and 34 illegal sawed-off shotguns. Over the
same period of time in 1992. Hennepin County Minnesota,
collected 6,000 firearms-1,000 per day! In a thirty-day
period, St. Louis, Missouri. collected 7,500 gulls.
Contact Information
Violence Reduction and Crime Prevention
City I fall
exchange programs have proven an effective way of getting
unwanted handguns off our streets, as well as increasing
the public's level of awareness to the dangers of guns and
violence in America.The Cleveland program netted 2,300 guns in 1994. The
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
handgun exchange program provided a voucher for $75
Suite 1100
worth of groceries for each operable handgun. Five
Washington, DC 20005
churches served as neighborhood turn-in sites. Besides
Center to Prevent Handgun Viok.nce
1225 Eye Street, NW
Community Support Programs for Mentally Ill Offenders
Community support programs for mentally ill offenders
help create a positive environment for their return to the
neighborhood, helping to reduce recidivism.
Crime Problem Addressed
This strategy addresses the criminal activity of mentally
ill offenders, primarily crimes of theft, simple assault. and
drug use. Community-based support and treatment systems for mentally ill offenders in the community are a costeffective crime prevention tool, leaving more space in jails
t..nd hospital facilities for those who require secure detention.
Key Components
The key component of t.lis strategy is a community-based
group willing to work with mentally ill offenders to ease
their re-entry into the community and keep them safe and
crime free. Other components include referral systems to
link offenders to community-based services; t hese referral
systems should be based in hospitills, courts, and proba-
tion and parole programs. The supports provided may
include medical and therapeutic services; money management counseling; housing and other support services; daily
reporting by and nlonitoring of the clients; and a community education campaign to build acceptance of both the
program and its clients.
Key Partnerships
The key partnership in this strategy exists between the
community support pnigrani and the mentally ill offender.
The offender must accept some supervision, take prescribed medication, and report daily for monitoring. Cooperation must also exist between the community support
program and the sources of clientssuch as the state
hospital. probation and parole. agencies, attorneys, hospitals, and the courts. Partnership and outreach to the host
neighborhood for the facility is important to ensure the
support of community residents and businesses. Collaboration with funding sourcesgovernmental or private
(for exampk.. charitable. organizations. hospitals. or himdatk instis also key to launching this strategy and implementing it on a Iiing-terni basis.
Cmninunity Mobilizatim
Poten:ial Obstacles
Finding a welcoming host community for this kind of program can be one of the biggest challenges. Residents of a
proposed location may fear that their safety, property val-
ues, and business success will be compromised. Proponents of this strategy must inform the community of the
purpose and benefits of the program, explaining how it
would be managed. Another challenge is locating local gov-
ernment resources to support the program. Some communities supplement local funds with volunteer counseling
resources and in-kind donations of equipment, facilities,
or expertise.
Signs of Success
The mentally ill offender requires more intensive monitoring than most probation departments can provide. A com-
munity support program can fill this need. The needs of
the low-risk mentally ill offender can be met in the community at a lower cost than incarceration or forced hospitalization. For example. community support programs
cost about $3,000 per person per year, while imprisonment can cost more than $30.000 per year. I lospitalization
typically costs even more than imprisonment.
Applyirg the Strategy
In 1978, the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, noticed large
nunthers of mentally ill offenders in its courts and jails.
The Community Support l'rogram (CSP) was established
to reduce those high numbers, while effectively meeting
the special needs of the mentally ill offender. The program
is delivered through the Wisconsin Correctional Service.
a private, not-for-profit organization that offers a community-based program for the mentally ill offenders. Many of
these clients are diagnosed with conditions that require
medication to control behavior. The criminal justice system uses formal legal authority to place these individuals
into the program. CSP also accepts referrals of persons
who are at-risk of committing an act that leads to arrest.
Clients enter the program because it offers them needed
social services and life supports, such as help with finances, housing, and jobs.
Milwaukee believes so strongly in the program's success that it has launched three additional community sup-
port progi-amstwo private, and one governmental. The
program has consistently achieved its goal of reducing the
numbers of mentally ill in the courts and jails and has been
praised by judges and social workers.
Contact Information
Wisconsin Correction Service
436 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203
Support Needs of Recent Immigrants
Formal programs and policies to support the assimilation
recognition of recent immigrants' needs for information, services, and other support to help in their transition
to life in American society:
and needs of recent immigrant groups help ensure the
stabifity of those groups and reinforce positive opportunities for their development within the community
cooperation with community gi-oups in surveying the
needs of immigrant residents:
Crime Problem Addressed
policies and programs that ensure access to services
needed by the immigrants;
Crimes of domestic violence, assault, and property damage are reported to law enforcement less often in communities with recent immigrant residents. Language bar-
riers, mistrust of authoritative institutions, and fear
combine to result in low reporting rates. Local systems
that help deter, detect, punish, and redirect criminal behavior may not be understood or seen as beneficial by
residents new to the United States. This strategy aims to
reduce the frequency of many kinds of crime in recent
immigrant communities, through educating new residents
and reforming policies and systems.
Key Components
Key components of this strategy include the following:
cultural awareness and language training for relevant
local government employees:
community-based transition assistance services to
help educate new residents about communication and language skills, banking and managing family budgets, employment, conflict resolution, and crime reporting:
victim and witness services in the language(s) of the
immigrant community: and
neighborhood-based services to help ensure access by
residents in need.
350 7i,sted Strategies to Prerent Crime
Key Partnerships
Applying the Strategy
Local government and comnmnity-based agencies combine services provided in the neighborhood and through
law enforcement, social agencies, schools, churches, and
civic groups. Some local governments, businesses, and
other agencies advocate for support services delivered
soldy through culturally based community organizations.
Honolulu, Hawaii. implemented cultural awareness training
Potential Obstacles
observe and report a crime and from victim assistance
and help to prepare lawsuits to recover their losses. The
Seattle Police Department similarly responded to the
Locating or developing personnel with the appropriate mul-
ticultural skills may prove challenging. Mistrust and fear
among recent immigrants and law enforcement personnel
may require patience and long-term strategies to build
cooperative relationships.
Signs of Success
This strategy will become increasingly important in the
coming decades. Projected changes in demographic trends
suggest that local government will need to pay greater
attention to the needs of first- and second-generation immigrants from many diverse cultures.
Portland. Oregon. reports that following the establishment of programs to support recent immigrant Asian residents, those residents built cooperative relationships with
the police, increased the rate with which they reported
crimes, and noted that they feel safer in the community
La Familia Counseling Center in Sacramento, Califinlna,
initiated successful outreach services after realizing that
some newly arrived Hispanic immigrants felt too intimidated to ask for help from police or social service agencies.
for police recruits to ensure their sensitivity in dealing
with the substantial minority Asian-born population of the
city. Residems report that the training resulted in officers
who were better equipped to respond to their needs. In
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Council for Spanish Speaking
found that many people benefit from counseling on how to
crime-related deaths of fifteen Asian residents: after their
outreach to the immigrant communities, the number of
murders dropped.
Contact Information
Community Policing Assistant
BIrtland P(Aice Bureau Central Precinct
1111 SW 2nd Avenue
Boland. Oregon 972(14
Community Relations Divisitm
lonolulu Police I )epartment
801 S. Beretania Street
lonolulu, I lawaii 96813
Community Job Banks
Community job banks that also pn wide transportation as-
sistance, educational support, counseling, and links to
other social services help residents find secure employment, reducing their risk of Livolvement in criminal activity
Crime Problem Addressed
Law enforcement officials and social researchers agree
that reducing unemployment in an ec(imitnically stressed
community helps increase the stability of residents within
the community, lessening the likelihood that residents will
commit crimes.
Key Components
The most important component for this strategy is an
interested community group with experience in helping
local residents find jobs through a system of assisted job
placementa "job bank.- The group operating the program is often a community development corporation. a
business coalition, a council of civic associations, or a
community-wide coalition of groups. A second component
is a cadre of businesses willing both to inform the community job bank of openings for employees and to (rain
newly hired employees. Such a program requires funding
beyond that generated by placement fees charged to employers. Transportation, some training or counseling, and
links to other social services are also important components for success.
Key Partnerships
Key partnerships include those kmed between the job
bank and
local government, for publicity and for links to government social services and other community organizations.
Onnmunily Mohilizalim
businesses in or near the community that will share
their needs for employees and help the job bank find or
train local residents to fill those positions.
government programs providing transportation, social
workers for family counseling, and employment services.
other community groups that can provide clothing,
food, or tools as needed.
community members who have personnel, occupational, child care, or counseling skills they can share.
Signs of Success
Unemployment is a well-researched and documented risk
factor for criminal activity. Secure employment helps end
both the frustration of the unemployed and the potential
likelihood of their involvement in criminal activity. Surveys
reveal that in neighborhoods where the unemployment
rates are twice the area average, crime rates, too, are
often double the average of the communities with higher
Applying the Strategy
The Weed and Seed Community Job Bank in Fort Worth,
funding sources, such as foundations, philanthropists,
corporations, nonprofit organizations, government pro-
grams, or individual contributors to fundraising campaigns.
These partnerships give community job banks an excellent chance to succeed in placing the unemployed in new
Potential Obstacles
A common challenge in such programs is that some of the
clients are difficult to place. Such clients may include those
with little education or literacy, those with physical or
mental disabilities, and the long-term unemployed.. They
may lack homes and family member support, and some
may have been recently released from jail or a mental
institution. However, the community job bank, with its
links to other services and training programs, can help
most of those who seek its services.
Texas. funded by the 11.S. Department of Justice, has
achieved much success. Residents who participated in
community planning meetings realized that the priority
problems in their neighborhood were crime, lack of economic development, and unemployment. They took the initiative to create the Weed and Seed Job Bank.
In two years, the Job Bank secured employment for
nearly 900 community residents. The program placed 50
residents in jobs at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. The
Department of Transportation also participates, donating
three vans to transport residents to jobs and training sites.
Community police officers often refer people to the job
bank. Clients who fail a drug test are referred to a drug
rehabilitation center, and those without a high school diploma are referred to classes. Other community agencies
provide clothing and job-seeking skills training.
Contact Information
Weed and Seed Job Bank
1310 South Collard Street
Fort Worth, "lixas 76105
Use Codes and Ordinances To Prevent Crime
Building codes and other ordinances provide local authorities with an effective tool for crime prevention and law
Crime Problem Addressed
Enforcing sanitary, electrical, and other codes. ordinances, and laws can greatly help communities to counter
crime, especially crimes related to neglected or vacant
properties and public spaces. Such piperties (Am at t ract
substance abuse, drug trafficking, vandalism, prostitution. boisterous gatherings, and health violations. This
strategy bolsters the resources of law enforcement agencies seeking to reduce crime at those locations.
Key Components
Concerns about crime at certain properties, on specific
streets, or in public places are usually coupled with questions of compliance with occupancy codes. health standards, fire dangers, or illegal utility connections. In this
strateg y. local law enforcement collaborates with resident
groups, the courts, public works departments, utility companies, and fire, health, inspection and code enforcement
agencies to work with landowners to address violations of
ordinances, codes, and laws governing use of propertN:
Enforcement of codes culminates in legal sanctions and
tines for non-cooperative property owners.
The strategy allows law enforcement to charge property
owners, tenants, or residents who use public spaces with
violations of the law that arc easier 0) prove (exceeding
350 Psted Strategies to l'rerent Crime
occupancy standards. unhealthful living conditions, tire
hazards, loitering, illegal utility hookups, etc.) than criminal charges for activities requiring witnesses or other
Key Partnerships
The partnership between residents and law enkcement
prompts the identification of community concerns that can
be addressed through code enforcement and other laws.
Law enforcement agencies initiate partnerships with the
other agencies, using them to develop multiagency inspection and enforcement teams to deal with problem proper-
ties and suspected criminal activities. Crime-reporting
hotlines can help by receiving complaints from residents
for follow-up by police or other agencies.
Poteatial Obstacles
Local government bureaucracy may slow the response of
agencies to community concerns about crime-related issues and the need for code enforcement. Formalized interagency partnerships reduce the likelihood of delays. Reforming existing codes to build in graduated sanctions
helps ensure compliance by property owners, even those
outside the jurisdiction. l'ublicity of properties in violation
also improves compliance by recalcitrant owners.
Signs of Success
Most states have a wide range of codes and laws on health.
fire. and safety including noise and nuisance abatement.
Citizen groups across the country are starting to use
these codes with increasing success. Most states also
have Small Claims Courts, which are low-cost and "user
friendly" for residents and groups with complaints.
Resident s of Portland, Oregon, passed a Specified
Crime Property Ordinance, resulting in the closure of over
400 drug houses. Nuisance abatement laws authorize private citizens, local agencies, or city attorneys to file civil
suits against property owners who knowingly allow certain
nuisances or misconduct to take place on their property
The laws subject property owners to both criminal and
civil liability These laws have eliminated graffiti, noise
pollution, and gang activity, and their enforcement can lead
to evictions. property condemnations, and prosecutions.
Applying the Strategy
Des Moines. Iowa. residents helped win enactment of a
Specified Crime Property Ordinance. Police inform a property owner about criminal activity taking place at a particular property (drug dealing, gang violence, vandalism, under-age drinking parties). If proven illegal activity on the
property does not cease within a specified time or if the
owner does not cooperate with police to address the problem. the owner is lined and the property can be seized by
the city; additional fines can be imposed for as long as the
violations continue. As a result of this program. resident
cooperation with police has improved, and remediation of
problem properties now occurs with fewer bureaucratic
Contact Information
Citizens for Community Improvement of Des Moines
2301 Forest Avenue
Des Moines. Iowa 50311
Use Media as an Ally
Key Components
Local media coverage of and support for community crime
prevention help raise public awareness and encourage participati( in in community-based projects.
Key tasks of this strategy include recognizing the i)ower
of the media as the public's source of information on a
variety of topics: identifying media contacts; and establishing cooperation between community programs and me-
dia resources. The media should be asked to publicize
Crime Problem Addressed
This strategy advocates the use of local television. radio.
newspapers, and other media to focus attention on community-based crime preventi( in projects and (wganiza-
community events and promote public education on crime
prevention through articles, public service announcements. radio shows, news programs, and cable television
tions. lv highlighting such efforts, the media reinkces
the community's standard in opposition to all types of
Key Partnerships
crime and helps build crime prevention awareness among
L(mcal crinie prevention (wganizations must recognize their
the public.
contacts in the public media as important partners in
Community AMilizalum
spreading the crime prevention message. Members of
community-based crime prevention programs can begin
to build partnerships with media sources by talking with
reporters assigned to cover clime or community-related
Drive Out Crime," which engaged local television and radio
issues and by asking media sources for help in designing a
service announcements for publicity. When first ap-
public education campaign. Community leaders, key
proached, a local network television affiliate station had
just begun a three-month anticrime campaigm, so station
managers viewed Operation Drive Out Crime as a welcome tie-in. That station produced promotional spots and
aired them each night, often during prime time. The same
station also included many news stories, often focusing on
the department's need for resources.
A radio station also joined in the effort as a sponsor,
running daily advertisements, highlighting the project during shows, and running weekly interviews with sponsors
and police officers. The newspaper carried stories and
contributed advertising. In addition, it included contribution envelopes in two different Sunday editions of the paper Effective local publicity led to national publicit: and
donations have poured in from across the state and around
elected officials, church leaders, school board and ParentTeacher Association members, philanthropists, and local
celebrities often maintain contact with media sources who
could be brought together to sponsor or support crime
prevention activities in th:. communit
Potential Obstacles
Community groups may find it difficult to see local media
as partners in crime prevention. Media of all types have
frequently been characterized as part of the problem communities have with violence. Many communities now see
the media as part of the strategy for educating the public
and building public support for organizations and programs. Still, the media gravitate toward stories easy to
gather media support and
understand and describe.
coverage. comnmnity groups should attempt to design
events or celebrations that clearly communicate their programs' successes and that highlight celebrity involvement,
elected officials participation, youth leadership, and dramatic visual or audio components.
Signs of Success
Crime and fear of crime consistently rank among the top
fears of the American public in national and local surveys.
Thus, a new crime prevention activity in which large numbers of people participate and achieve success locally is
In Memphis, Tennessee, the mayor, citizens, businesses, and community groups recently raised til million
in donations for the police department through "Operation
stations and the local newspaper as cosponsors.
The campaign relied on local television and radio news
stories and public appeals, as well as newspaper public
the countr:
Applying the Strategy
Cleveland's mayor enlisted the sponsorship of a local television station and radio station for his announcement of
the city's gun exchange. and violence reduction and crime
prevention initiatives. The television station not only
helped to announce these very successful initiatives, it
also operated the telephone banks for donations.
Contact Information
Operation Drive Out Crime
Coletta & Company
41 Union Avenue
Nlemphis, Tennessee 38103
Faith Institution-Supported Mentoring
ductive ways of dealing with conflict. This strategy ad_
dresses those problems through communitN: role models.
Faith congregations that sponsor mentoring programs signal community support for families and youth and reinforce
positive social bonds within the neighb(dmod.
Key Components
Crime Problem Addressed
This strategy aims to reduce the likelihood of delinquent
or criminal behavior within families and by youth through
community reinforcement of values and consistent iwesence of caring community members. Social researchers
often trace the problems of youth crime and violence to
dr:functional families, the stresses of economic deprivain, and to community standards for unhealthy, unpro1
Faith community outreach to families, youth, and other
residents in their communities simulates a supportive extended family Thlunteers from within the congregation can
reinforce community values by engaging in the following
kinds of activities:
supporting parents in building better communication
helping locate
or training:
350 Wsted Strategies to Premat Crime
mentoring youth;
mentors were recruited from the congregations, trained
pairing youth with "surrogate" grandparents;
at divinity schools, and placed with families in need.
This low-cost program re-creates extended family relationships, breaking the pattern of isolation experienced
facilitating connections with emergency food and housing assistance; and
providing tutoring support to youth and adults.
Key Partnerships
Faith group or church members are linked to many other
resources in the community through their professions,
memberships in civic groups, connections to ethnic organizations, and other volunteer commitments. Pastors
and lay faith leaders can encourage formal institutional
programs, facilitate connections to existing community
services, and promote participation through reinforcement
of the core values of the faith-based community.
Potential Obstacles
Recruiting and training mentoring volunteers consumes a
great deal of time. Once trained, the mentors face the
challenge of building the trust needed for the families and
individuals to share concerns. However, community-based
volunteer mentoring programs are not costly and do not
represent significant fundraising challenges.
Signs of Success
The Florence V Burden Foundationwhich has a special
interest in crime, justice, and strengthening family and
communityfunded a demonstration initiative in three
cities (Hartford, CT: New York, NY; and Wishington,
DC) to explore ways that churches and divinity schools
can support fragile families. The program matches parents in need with an adult mentor. Hundreds of volunteer
by many parents who are separated from their own parents and families. The nature and direction of each mentorship is determined by the parents and the mentor. The
common elements are listening and problem-solving. By
helping parents develop skills to provide a healthy, nurturing environment for their children, these faith communities
have helped ensure positive development for thousands of
Applying the Strategy
Baltimore's Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
established an Outreach Center in 1975 as a means of
rebuilding a dwindling church community and revitalizing
its connect:xi to an increasingly troubled neighborhood.
The center began as a church-run center offering tutoring,
job counseling, crisis assistance, a preschool, parenting
classes, and space for meetings of neighborhood associations and block watch groups. The success of the Bethel
Outreach Center resulted in the formation of a larger cen-
ter separate from the church, even though the church
remains the spiritual home of the center's volunteers and
many of the families it serves: The congregation had
grown by 50 percent by 1994 and the center continues to
help thousands of youth and families.
Contact Information
Florence E Burden Foundation Project
Yale Divinity School
409 Prospect Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06510
Nurture Community Groups and Neighborhood Associations
Key Components
Local go \-ernment supp(wt of communit y groups and
Local government must commit to specific strategies to
support and enhance neighborhood organizations interested in promoting healthy and safe communities. Speaker's bureaus serve as a training and coordinating resource
for fledgling community groups. Local government agencies such as police departments and neighborhood service
agencies often provide a variety of services. These ser-
neighborhm >d associations helps build neighb( whood lead-
ership and stability in those c(ininumities.
Crime Problem Addressed
The crime issues effectively addressed through this strategy include a variety of offenses and conditions related to
crimes that affect neighb( whoods: vandalism (including
graffiti), dilapidated housing units, theft, burglar; gang
activity, and drug dealing. Neighborh()0d and crime prevention organizations working t() create healthier c( nimunities can help law enforcement agencies alleviate a
broad range of problems concerning residents.
vice can include:
grants to implement small neighborhood improvement
and public safety projects;
training in recruiting and using volunteers;
C(oomo)lity Mobilization
leadership development;
pacts of a severe fiscal crisis and reduced government-
provided serviceshas fostered the development of
educational materials and information on successful
organization and program strategies; and
hundreds of new block and neighborhood associations and
nurtured many others. Training and information offered
through the CCNYC's Leadership Institute promotes
advice on fundraising.
Key Partnerships
Key partnerships include those that local government facilitates among civic associations, crime watch groups,
local religious organizations, service and civic clubs, and
community-based organizations that deliver services to
youth. families, and neighborhoods.
neighborlmod self-help throughout the cit:
CCNYC also provides community mobilization training
for neighborhood groups. Free guides describe anti-drug
and anti-poverty projects, community beautification, and
neighborhood leadership development. CCNYC's Neighborhood Anticrime Center supports a citywide coalition of
over 200 volunteer neighborhood groups, which have
closed down drug houses, formed resident patrols. rid
streets of drug sales, and trained residents in crime pre-
Potential Obstacles
vention reporting. Staff have trained 500 community patrol
Obstacles to the formation of a block or neighborhood
grassroots volunteer group include residents' apatliN:
doubts about their ability to help improve the neighborhood. and fear of crime in the area. Some residents not
awarded hundreds of grants to community organization to
only feel powerless to make a difference but also lack the
Applying the Strategy
self-confidence to try. Furthermore, in lower-income
areas, more families are headed by a single parent, some
of whom may work more than one job to make ends
meetleaving little time or energy for volunteering.
Local government agencies can make available the resources, contacts, and support neighborhood groups often
information on how to arrange and conduct meetings;
neighborhood survey techniques and samples;
guidance on how to access the news media: and
how to form partnerships with other groups.
Volunteer or city staff facilitators can support such programs and lend objective advice.
Signs of Success
The National Association of Neighborhoods supports com-
munity groups by providing training, educational materials, and informative publications on building effective and
safe communities at the neighborhood level.
The nonprofit Citizens Committee for New Thrk City
(CCNYC )established in 1975 to help cushion the im-
officers in the New York City Police Department and
support crime, violence, and drug-use prevention
In 1993. Hampton, Virginia, began the I fealthy Neighborhoods Initiative, which builds on the strength of neighborhoods through the "Ii,clinical Resource Center and Lead-
ership Training Institute. This approach fosters
cociperation among neighborhoods and enhances community groups capacity to improve their quality of life.
St. Paul, Mi.nnesota, supports a Safe City Initiative,
which envisions a city where residents and agencies cooperate fully in identifying assets neighborluiods should
use to address public safety issues. A primary focus of
the effort includes reinforcing social support, opportunity,
and development within the city's neighborhoods. Neighborhood safety audits help neighborhood groups and interdepartmental teams develop action strategies and a database of local public safety concerns. One district group
and the area Neighborhocid Development Company used
the audit information to prepare a grant proposal to finance
housing improvements.
Contact Information
Neighborhood Leadershi, Institute
Citizens Committee for New Thrk City
305 7th Avenue. 15th Floor
New York. New Niwk It tOt 0
Citizen Patrols
Organized citizen patrols supported by I( ical law enfi wcemolt inipnive public trust of wilice, lwotect the cinnmunity
from crime, and increase social cohesion anunig neighla IFhood residents.
Crime Problem Addressed
This strategy addresses all types of crime in a communit;
but has particular impact on street-corner drug dealing,
prostitution, vandalism, and gang activity. Resident presence and visible control of an area can serve as a significant
deterrent to these crimes.
350 7ested Strategies to Prevent Crime
Key Components
This strategy puts neighborhood residents, working in
cooperation with local law enforcement, in visible foot or
car patrols in the community to deter, detect, and report
crimes. Key components include the following:
a community group to organize the patrol volunteers
and coordinate contact with the police:
patrol volunteer recruitment:
training in police procedure and crime reporting:
communication networks to connect patrol members
and the police, through radios or other technology:
publicity material which makes clear the community's
intention to protect itself: and
a uniform to make patrol members visible to police and
other members of the community
While focusing on patrols through specific areas. many
proj.,Trams make a point to contact youth, conversing with
them at "hot spots- of criminal activity and inviting them
to participate in safe and positive activities.
ship between the police and local community groups. By
early 1994, 1,500 residents had received 12 hours of crime
prevention training, using it to deter and report crime in
their neighborhoods. The nationally recognized progi-am
represents a cornerstone of the city's respected community policing program.
In Omaha, Nebraska, a father whose son was beaten
by a gang founded MAD DADSMen Against Destruction: Defending Against Drugs and Social Disorder. Starting with a few men. MAD DADS walked into the night to
see what was going on and to try to get some of the
wayward youth back on a better track. Nosy its membership has grown to over 1.000 men and women who each
volunteer up to hundreds of hours each year. Their mission
is to save their community one individual at a time.
Volunteers report criminal activity and communicate
with gang-involved youth they meet on the streets. Publicity from local television stations elevated some patrol
members to celebrity status, reinforcing their appeal with
the youth. MAI) DADS' mission and multicultural membership has enhanced racial harmony in Omaha. Patrols
now use citizen band radios, cellular phones, and police
scanners. By the end of 1994. this strategy had spread to
dozens of cities, including a statewide program in Florida.
Applying the Strategy
The Brighton Neighborhood Improvement Program in
Key Partnerships
Working together, the patrol organizers and local law enforcement officers publicize the program (to both law-abiding residents and criminals) and design needed training for
Brooklyn. New York, started after residents grew tired of
crime and substance abuse. A retired union organizer
mobilized a group of retired residents in the community
strengthen communication networks and support for victims and patrol activities. Local businesses often support
patrols by providing funds for patrol "uniforms- and communication equipment.
into a crime watch and patrol program. working cooperatively with law enforcement, the Coast Guard, and a local
Marine Corps post. The group operates a jeep patrol, foot
patrol, and drug busters program, all of which give police
information about drug trafficking in the area. This successful program also offers to train other communities on
starting patrols.
Potential Obstacles
Contact Information
Fear of crime and of retribution from criminals, apathy
and mistrust of police can prevent residents from participating in patrols. Opportunities to staff communication
Citizens on Patrol
Fort Worth Police Department
35() West Belknap Street
Fort Worth. 'texas 76102
patrol members. Friendships among neighbors helps
links or develop publicity materials allow fearful residents
to support the program without putting themselves in danger. Police training of volunteers, community support. and
large numbers of volunteer patrol members also help alleviate fear and increase the likelihood of success.
Signs of Success
Crime rates in Fort Worth, Texas, plunged by over 20
percent in 1993, the first ear of heavy community participation in the Citizens on Patrol Program a partner-
MAI) DADS Nathmal Headquarters
3030 Sprague Street
)maha, Nebraska 68111
Cwnmunity Mobilizatim
Local Government-Community Crime Prevention Coalitions
Comprehensive local crime prevention plans are most effective when developed through a coalition of community
groups, local government agencies, and other sectors.
community involvement out of fear for their safety: these
individuals are difficult to mobilize. Agencies that do not
consider public safety issues as part of their mission may
resist involvement, not wanting to place any other burdens
on a strained budget. Political and business leaders some-
Crime Problem Addressed
times view the planning process as labeling the area as
"dangerous" and may not want to make such a statement
This strategy aims to reduce all types of crime. A com-
which could result in additional demands for service from
prehensive local crime prevention plan helps address goals
and objectives that focus on particular crime problems,
such as youth violence, drugs, property crime, and neighborhood deterioration. This strategy mobilizes affected
groups to participate in reducing crime.
Signs of Success
In 1992, the mayors of the seven largest cities in lexas
formed Mayors United on Safety. Crime, and Law Enforce-
Key Components
ment (MUSCLE). Later that year, with the support of the
The key components of this strategy to develop a comprehensive plan include the following:
projects involving all sectors of their communities. In San
support of key political leaders and law enforcement
a commitment to a process open to all sectors of the
a vision shared to by all participants:
specific goals and objectives:
committees or task forces to study and develop rec-
ommendations on priority community issuessuch as
violence, drugs, guns, child safety, schools, gangs; and
revie w. evaluation, and amendment of the plan as conditions in the community change.
Key Partnerships
Key partnerships required for the success of this strategy
include those among community residents, political leaders, municipal agencies, and the police department. City
agencies responsible for implementing key components of
the plan must develop written agreements governing relationships among their staff and reinforcing accountability
for specific tasks. Other key partnership members include
those whose input strengthens the plan: school officials;
religious leaders; business owners; civic, social, and service clubs: neiglthorhmid watch groups; chanthers of commerce: and parent organizations.
Potential Obstacles
Cc)inmunity members may be reluctant to participate.
doubting their input will be valued. S( nue residents of
violence-plagued neighNirhoods may have retreated film.'
Bureau of Justice Assistance, the seven cities initiated
local government-grassroots crime prevention planning
Antonio, a local ordinance established the Greater San
Antonio Crime Prevention Commission, the nation's first
legislatively created local crime prevention body Its 29
members represent civic, religious, neighborhood. mili-
tary business, and government groups. After a year of
work by five task forces (Youth and Education. Violent
Crime, Business. Neighborhood, and Public Information),
the Commission succeeded in developing a Crime Prevention Action Plan with specific goals and objectives.
Of the plan's fifty-six objectives, fifty-five were imple-
mented within two years. These accomplishments included the following:
obtaining a $10 million increase in funding for youth
recreation programs;
establishing a late-night curfew for teenagers;
initiating a locally developed gang prevention effort highlighted by a public education campaign;
establishing youth leadership development programs at
area schools;
implementing school-based conflict resolution programs;
expanding community policing:
establishing a business crime commission;
garnering corporate support for mentoring programs;
coordinating a week-long focus on prayer for violence
preventicin by area religious leaders.
350 7ested Strategies to Prevent Crime
Since the plan was implemented. youth victimization by
crime during curfew hours has declined significantly, and
overall crime has dropped each year.
Grant Partnership Program allocates funds for small
grants to neighborhood associations for special events.
Applying the Strategy
million in capital improvements: 5300,0(K) is made available
In 1993, the mayor of St. Petersburg. Horida. created the
Neighborhood Partnership Department to increase government responsiveness to resident concerns and neighborhood issues, particularly public safety. The Depart-
ment now works with sixty-five active neighborhood
organizations. the Council of Neighborhood Associations,
and the Federation of Inner-City Community Organizations. The Department links city agencies with residents
to implement neighborhood plans, 'mprove neighborhoods,
address code violations, and iirdlement community outreach programs.
A six-month-long intensive focus by police, fire, code.
housing, public works and other agencies. Operation Commitment. in St. Petersburg, Florida, catalyzes implementation of neighborhood improvement plans developed co-
operatively by residents. In addition, the Neighborhood
landscaping, new road signs, or educational brochures.
According to the city. the program has invested over S1.2
for neighborhoods to use for projects, $250,000 has been
invested by nonprofit organizations, and about $500,000
worth of housing rehabilitation and construction has occurred. As part of Operation Commitment police resolved
thirty-one of thirty-four public safety problem areas identified by residents: tons of trash were collected: miles of
sidewalks were added: and over 100 streetlights were installed.
Contact Information
Greater San Antonio Crime Prevention Commission
San Antonio Police Department
Crime Prevention Division
214 West Nueva
San Antonio. Texas 78207
Encourage Community Support for Law Enforcement
Community support for police reinforces public safety and
builds the foundation for continued cooperation to prevent
Crime Problem Addressed
This strategy seeks to prevent crime by developing active.
grassroots community support for the police. The goal is
to reduce crime of all kinds, but especially street crimes
that can be deterred by an active and visible presence of
concerned community menthers and police. Thesc street
crimes include vandalism, mugging. purse snatching, car
theft. open-air drug dealing. and gang violence.
Key Components
The key component of this strategy is for the community
members to realize that broad-based, grassroots community support for the police bolsters public safety. The
police department must also be committed to actively
seeking the support of community members and organizations. The media must be enlisted to promote community education and mobilization and to show the community's support for law enforcement.
Key Partnerships
The key partnership for this strategy exists between the
community and the police. visibly working together to pre-
vent crime. Publicitygenerated through radio and television stations, community and general circulation news-
papers, and cfmthuter bulletin boardsencourages
participation in community-sponsored events that focus
on supporting the police. Community partners should include civic and watch associations, faith groups, schools.
civic and service clubs, crime councils, chambers of com-
merce and other business organizations, and youth
Potential Obstacles
A potential obstacle is that some groups may harbor suspicion toward the police because of past incidents or mis-
understandings, or because they feel vulnerable to the
Signs of Success
In Memphis. Tennessee. a grassroots community coalition
raised $1 million for sixty new marked police cars,
S100,000 in the first three months alone. This community
support for the police allows officers to drive their police
cars home and for personal use around the city. This fringe
benefit for the police raises police morale and positive
recognition from the comniunity. Even when off dot v. officers leave their radios on and respond to crime reports
in their vicinity. The community group sponsors include a
bank, a grocery store, as well as television, radio, and
print media. The mayor's office and many other community
groups and businesses are also.iietively involved.
Applying the Strategy
The "Back the Blue" campaign in Newport News, Virginia, is another example of citizens rallying to support
th4rAthlice in a visible way. The organization Citizens
Community Mobilize:1nm
Reclaiming Our Neighborhoods from Crime sponsored an
antiviolence rally at a shopping mall, with a wide range of
supporters. Saying "enough is enough" to crime, citizens
held a large, public rally with information booths on how
to organize crime watch progi-ams. The goal was to get
the whole community involved in taking back the streets
of their neighborhoods.
Contact Information
Operation Drive Out Crime
Co letta & Company
41 Union Avenue
Memphis. Tennessee 38103
Community Coalitions To Combat Crime, Violence, and Drug Abuse
Potential Obstacles
Mobilizing community coalitions for neighborhood revitalization through resident partnership with government will
reduce crime and drug trafficking and improve the quality
A common obstacle to mobilizing a community is the residents' fear, mistrust, and reluctance to get involved. One
of life.
Crime Problem Addressed
This strategy effectively addresses drug trafficking, vandalism, abandoned housing, or any other public safetyrelated issues the local community identifies as priority
concerns. The ultimate goal is to improve the overall quality of life of the community and to develop a feeling of
cohesion and well-being among community residents.
Key Components
The first component of this strategy is a grassroots approach to local citizen empowerment. Another component
is citizen identification of priority issues for action (for
example. reducing the prevalence of alcohol and other drug
use or drug trafficking). A third component is a partnership among residents and community organizations and
local governmentall working hand-in-hand to identify and
solve problems. A fourth component is the development of
strategies that residents and government officials can use
to achieve specific goals, including identifying and gathering the needed community support and resources. Activ-
ities can include rallies and marches, youth recreation
programs, parent-teen workshops. citizen crime patrols.
media involvement, and intensive application of city services in targeted neighborhoods.
Key Partnerships
Key partnerships needed for this strategy include those
formed among local residents working t(igether to improve
the local community Coalition partners should include res-
idents. parent groups. block watches, businesses.
schools, and religious, civic, and service organizations.
The third level of partnership is between the local citizens
and groups and the local government agencies, particularly
law enfiircement.
solution to this fear is to enlist those who have already
engaged in joint action, even if for a completely different
purpose. Another is to have residents invite the involvement of people whom they know A second obstacle is that
coming to quick consensus on one or a few problems or
goals for immediate attention may prove difficult. Establishing clear priorities helps focus the effort and increases
the potential for success.
Signs of Success
Community Responses to Drug Abuse (CRDA)a demonstration project supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of
Justice and assisted by the National Crime Prevention
Council (NCPC). demonstrates the success of this strategy 'llen economically distressed and crime-plaped urban
communities across the country used grassroots resident
partnerships with police to achieve results. They returned
parks to local children and residents: built a high school:
changed policies of local agencies: used codes, ordinances, and laws to shut down drug houses and curb
street drug dealing and related violence: and made tutoring
and recreational services available to local youth. The
NCPC publication Creating a Climate af Hope catalogues
the communities' successes.
Applying the Strategy
In the Pinellas County (Florida) Conununity Partnership
Program, the communities of North Greenwood, Safety
Harbor, and Mrpon Springs developed three distinct resident-driven conmiunity crime prevention partnerships,
working hand-in-hand with the local government. Crime
statistics in those communities show a reduction in drug-
related arrests. In one community, overall crime has
dropped 20 percent since the program began in 1992.
Contact Information
Nati( mal C rime Prevention Connell
1700 K Street. NW, 2nd Floor
Wishington. 1)C 20006
35(1 lested Strategies to Prerent Crime
Broad-Based Community Programs To Support Youth Development
Applying the Strategy
Community organizations and bcal government agencies
support the positive development of disadvantaged youth
by providing a range of services.
This strategy has been used successfully in Ponce, Puerto
Rico, since 1969. A U.S.-trained sociologist founded Cen-
Crime Problem Addressed
Juvenile delinquency and violent crime by juveniles can be
prevented and reduced through outreach to youth with a
variety of supportive services.
Key Components
The key component of this strategy is bringing the community to a new level of vitality and action by making it
aware that it has resourcestalent, connections. and access to government programsthat enable it to respond
to the challenges it faces. The community must develop
strong. confident self-advocacy Finally, essential programs must be established: Services provided must include education and counseling for children, adolescents,
young adults, families, and the unemployed.
Key Partnerships
The central partnerships in this strategy must exist between the organizers, those involved in education and recreation, faith groups that operate community programs.
local university faculty and students, and other community
groups and members. Other key partnerships are between
organizers and youth advocates, and between the programs and the police and courts.
Potential Obstacles
One challenge is to find inspirational community-based
leadership willing to work with local government to convince the residents of a disadvantaged community that
they have considerable powers and skills to help turn their
communities around.
Signs of Success
In one community in Puerto Rico, crime rates have
tros Sor Isolina Ferre in Ponce Playathe poor port section of Puerto Rico's second largest city Its delinquency
rates were twice that of the rest of the city The strategy
helped a declining communit y tap its own human resources, take care of its own troubled youth, and revitalize
In this program, young people are chosen and prepared
to act as community advocates for other young people,
who are involved with the police and courts. At first, the
police saw these advocates as diverting arrested individuals away from the criminal justice system, but in time
the police came see them as effective in rehabilitation.
With their knowledge of the streets and the problems of
troubled youth. the advocates become the big brothers
and big sisters of the juveniles in trouble. Now the police
often call the Ponce Playa advocates before taking problem
youth to jail. Once in satisfying empment. there is no
room for violence to take root. Juvt.nile delinquency rates
are reported to have dropped nearly in half.
The centers currently operate forty different community-based programs that provide education and counseling. offefing services to children, runaways, dropouts, and
the unemployed. Staff work with adolescents, single mothers, young adults, and families.
There are a number of community organizations, like
Northwest Bronx Community Clergy Coalition
(NWBCCC), that are assisting the residents of large
apartment buildings to organize to begin to take care of
themselves. Residents actively support one another's
needs, with crime watch, day care, job search counseling,
and maintenance of their buildings. These efforts lead to
jobs, a sense of ownet ship and pride, sharper eyes and
ears to aid the police, and crime reduction.
Contact Information
Centros Sor Isolina Ferre
PO. Box 213
Ponce. I'llerto Rico 00734-3213
dropped significantly (between 10 and 20 percent) and
juvenile delinquency rates have dropped nearly in half (by
Executive I firector
47 percent). At first, the police reacted with measured
enthusiasm to community interventions for community rehabilitation of offenders: however. they began to cooperate
with the community's advocates and outreach programs.
As the police saw delinquency and crime rates dropping.
their confidence and cooperation in community-based interventions and stAutions increased.
103 East I96th Street
Bronx. New York 1()168
Ciminowity Mobilizahon
Use Senior Citizens as Volunteers
Senior citizens working with law enforcement provide valu-
able services, permitting officers more time to address
unteers' contributions. Many senior citizens bring extra
experience, good judgment. and a high degree of dependability to their work.
crime in the community
Signs of Success
Crime Problem Addressed
The participation of senior and other volunteers in law
The elderly can be vulnerable to crime and are often the
special targets of sonic confidence schemes. A large portion of older persons live alone. They fear crime, and that
fear restricts the mobility and quality of life of many senior
citizens. Others, however, are joining with younger volunteers and working with their police departments to reduce all crime, including crimes against the elderly This
strategy gets the able elderly involved as volunteers in law
enforcement to reduce crime and to apprehend criminals.
Key Components
enforcement is proving its effectiveness in many locations
across the United States. Sheriff Ray Isgett, of Berkeley
County South Carolina, says that the work contribution
of his volunteers is invaluable. Senior volunteers run the
Berkeley Victims' Assistance Program. "If all my volunteers were to quit today" he estimates, "some services
that the sheriff s office performs would be cut by 60 percent."
Deputy Chief David Baker of the I'olice Department of
Alexandria, Virginia, says that volunteers are probably the
equivalent of six to eight additional full-time police officers
for the department. "We use them in communications,
Recruiting senior citizens as volunteers and clearly outlining the volunteers roles and responsibilities is a vital ele-
ment of a successful senior volunteer project. Such vol-
unteer projects can address many needs of the senior
population and the entire community: answering nonemergency calls, checking up on senior shut-ins, staffing
citizen patrols, organizing crime watch groups, and helping maintain non-confidential records.
Key Partnerships
Key partnerships are formed between the volunteers and
the police with whom they work. A key umbrella partner-
ship that brings many of them together is TRIAD. an
alliance of the American Association of Retired Persons
(AARP). the National Sheriff s Association, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. AARP provides
training, organizational help, teaching guides, and other
assistance for volunteer groups. This program Operates
at the community level through local police chiefs, sheriffs,
and councils of senior citizens who work to combat crime
against the elderly and to support law enforcement across
the board. However, volunteering at a local police station
can be done by seniors not part of these formal programs.
Potential Obstacles
One challenge for the police is to arrange for volunteer
opportunities that can be accomplished a few hours at a
time or within schedules that may vary from day to day.
However, considering that elderly and other volunteers can
. . in patrol. . . . in records, we use them in every facet
of the agency" A senior citizen in one Florida county has
helped recruit 3,000 volunteers for Citizen Observer Patrols (COP). The sheriff reports impressive results: "Not
even one crime has been committed in sonic areas since
(the COP volunteers) took over," he says. In another part
of the state, Senior Sleuths screened junk mail solicitations to seniors for deception and fraud. This project resulted in fifteen indictments against the junk mail firms.
Applying the Strategy
In Smith County Texas. when the sheriff told a civic group
of mostly retired people that he needed volunteers to as-
sist with law enforcement, thirty people wanted to help.
He uses volunteers to accompany deputies on trips around
the country to pick up prisoners. Other volunteers help in
the secured areas inside the jail.
In Tacoma, N'ashington, a retired police captain now
serves as AARP district director. He has led six AARP
chapters in helping to run or oversee thirteen different law
enforcement activities, including crime watch groups.
Contact Information
American Association of Retired Persons
Criminal Justice Services-VOL
601 E Street, NW
Washington. DC 20049
add the equivalent of numerous new police officers to a
department, this challenge is more than offset by the %.ol-
35u Zsted Strategies to Prevent Crime
Use Advances in Technology To Promote Safety and Aid Community Crime
Advances in technology can be creatively applied to increase public safety and promote crime prevention.
Crime Problem Addressed
This strategy aims to reduce street crimes against residents by equipping crime prevention staff and volunteers
with appropriate technologN: It deters crime by improving
the communication capabilities of community crime prevention programs and allowing residents to assist the police in apprehending criminal suspects.
Key Components
Successful implementation of this strategy requires organized community-based crime prevention groups that can
use the technology (cellular phones. walkie talkies. fax
machines, electronic mail) to communicate about crime
threats in the area and to organize crime prevention or
patrol activities. Such technology is most effective when
the group works in partnership with law enforcement to
identify public safety concerns and report criminal or sus-
tion. so that the community learns about it and understands its benefits.
Signs of Success
In Oregon, the communications firm Cellular One. the
Portland Police, and a citizens patrol tested cellular telephone communications and found them superior to the
older police two-way radio system. In 1992, working with
the Portland police, Cellular One established a Cellular
Watch Citizens Patrol program that now supports fifty
citizen patrols in cities and rural communities throughout
Oregon and southwest Washington state. The Cellular
Watch Program provides patrols with loaned phones. free
air time, reflective vests, signs, hats. equipment training.
and organizational support. This new program of business-police-community cooperation improved communications between and among community menthers, fos-
tered community cohesion, and improved crime
prevention at the grassroots level. A newsletter, the Cellular Watch Observer, reports on local patrol activities.
Applying the Strategy
pick ms behavior.
In Oxnard. California, a monthly call-in television show
links area Crime Watch members with police who share
Key Partnerships
crime data and answer questions about crime trends
Partnerships between law enforcement and community
groups can effectively recruit business support and other
donations to supply the technology and equipment necessary. Community crime prevention group members can
call on their employers or area businesses for support.
Potential Obstacles
One challenge is convincing the businesses with the technology or equipment needed that they should provide it
without marketplace compensation. Another challenge is
publicizing the new business-police-community coopera-
throughout the city. In one Virginia city business owners
participating in a crime watch program receive information
about crime lroblems in the area via a fax link to the police
department. The service helps them identify potential
threats to their businesses, suggests precautions, and
provides information about suspects.
Contact Information
Public Safety Programs
Cellular One
4th Avenue
1600 S.
Portland, Oregon 97201
Performances To Reinforce Prevention Themes with Youth
Crime Problem Addressed
Teenage perfonuance to MIX'S efk.ctiwly convey preven-
The criine problems addressed effectively through this
tion themes to their peers and younger audiences, demonstrating the performer's commitment to their community while buikfing iniportant self-esteem and leadership
strategy include alcohol, tobacco or other drug abuse, vandalism, sexual assault, and other forms of violence. Education prmided through theater and other performing arts
strengthens resistance to peer group pressure and soci-
Gonmunity Mobilizatim
etal messages, that often seem to accept or promote violence and drugs.
Key Components
Community university or corporate sponsorship of youth
theatre troupes is the essential first step. .Adults trained
in performance or production serve as volunteer coordinators or staff directors of the troupe, working with the
youth performers to develop the vehicle for conveying prevention messages. Local repertory groups or university
drama departments can provide facilities for rehearsal.
production advice, and help with publicity. Written lyrics
for songs, scripts, and follow-up exercises reinforce pre-
adults who coordinate performance and media programs
note that participants improve their sense of self-worth
and develop communications and leadership skills, which
strengthen them against peer pressure and the impact of
violence in the community.
The successful Teen Connection Theater in San Diego
involves twelve to fifteen teenagers per troupe. Eight
years after its initial presentation of violence, gang, and
substance abuse prevention vignettes before thousands of
younger students in schools and at community locations.
the program now includes youth leadership and peer mediation training. Participants are trained to be "facilitators
of self-expression through the arts.- The theater program
vention messages with audiences after the performers
enjoys the support of school systems and community
groups throughout the region. 'Pen Conneethm "Ii.en Theater .4 Practical Guide outlines key components involved in
supporting a N.out h preventiiin theater
Key Partnerships
A prepackaged curricula for kindergarten through the
Key partnerships often include a local church, school. library, or business or civic organization for practice and
performance space. They can also include local professional actors, stage hands. sound and light systems advisors, and others who volunteer their time to train youth.
"kacher or parent volunteers are valuable partners in publicity campaigns and as advocates for bringing the program
into schools. Capital sponsorshipboth governmental and
sixth grade. the Strategy on Ele»wntarv School Theater .thr
t'iolence Prerention is available through the Climb Theatre
Company in St. Paul, Niinnesota.
privateis often critical. l'ublicity through the media
teens on prevention topics. 'reenagers in Indianapolis produced effective public service announcements, including
one titled "Thu Can't Live \Our Dream if lbu're Behind
Bars.- A presentation on acquaintance rape developed by
students at the University of Colorado raised awareness
among freshman attending the orientation session and signalled the university's support for preventing this underreported crime.
helps, but posters in store windows and word of mouth
can also prove effective.
Potential Obstacles
Experienced adult advisers with time to volunteer may not
be readily available in every community. Steady funding
support and outreach to nearby university and professional
theater groups should yield results.
Applying the Strategy
Teenagers in Dallas. Texas. Nvc irked with the police de-
partment's audio-visual experts to produce a show for
Contact Information
Signs of Success
Institute Director
Performance helps young audiences see options for under-
"l&en Connecticin li.en Theater
San Diego lisith and Community Services
standing and coping with violence in their community
\bung people learn best what they see and practice. Performances, videos, and songs with prevention messages
are effective means of reaching a youthful audience. The
3255 Wing Street. Suite 550
San I hego. California 92110
619-991 -8699
Crime Tip Rewards
Nlonetary rewards for crhne tips clic( awage crime report-
impiwtant intiwniation about a crime. Such reports provide
infiwmation which helps kical law enfiwcement apprehend
criminal suspects. reduce crime, stop traffic in dnigs and
arms, and recover stolen Kiwi-1y
Crime Problem Addressed
Key Components
This strategy aims to encouragethniugh financial incentives and anonymay----reporting of criminal incklents by
reluctant or fearful residents who have witnessed or have
A communit y group or city agency must adMinister a
crime-reporting Ifi Aline and dispense rewards for valuable
tips: local law enfiwceinent persimnel must be assigned to
350 Tested Strategies to Prevent Crime
follow up on any tips received and help determine those
who qualify for the cash (or other) rewards. Funds must
be made available to pay rewards, and a telephone must
be dedicated to receiving information from residents. Finally, written materials should describe the rewards, criteria for valuable information, and assurances that callers
California, were reported as solved with help from callers
to the tip hotline. The existence of such a program makes
many residents more observant and better detectors of
criminal activity. When the community: police, and media
all work together, this strategy reduces crime.
remain anonymous.
Applying the Strategy
Key Partnerships
Concerned about crime in the city and the surrounding
area, the Savannah, Georgia, Chamber of Commerce es-
The central partnership in this strategy is the one between
the program operators, police, and the public. The police
must establish clear criteria for information that warrants
rewards and, through written material and word of mouth,
must ensure residents that the identity of callers will never
be revealed. Law enforcement must cooperate in publicizing the program and developing cooperative relationships
tablished the "Savannah Silent Witness" program in 1983.
with the community to encourage residents to report
tial risk to the informant in coming forward with the infor-
criminal activity.
mation. Over its first ten years of operation, Savannah
The purpose was to spur residents to report crimes. The
program supports police investigations, but it was set up
outside the police department to overcome any reluctance
to deal directly with the police. Rewards for tips vary with
the severity of the crime, how critical the provided evidence is to the prosecution of the criminal, and the poten-
Silent Witness handled an average of 200 calls per month.
Potential Obstacles
Some residents will question payments to people simply
for doing L!ir civic duty. However, such concerns are often
offset by the success that the program achieves in resolving cases.
Signs of Success
Begun in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1976, community-
based Crime Stoppers programs have spread across the
United States and around the world. The umbrella organization, Crime Stoppers International, focuses on the
principle that someone other than the criminal has information that could solve every crime. The fear of reporting
is overcome with anonymitN; and apathy is overcome with
rewards. Numerous communities have implemented this
strategy, reporting successes in arrests of criminals and
recovery of stolen and contraband property. During a recent five-year period, more than 200 crimes in San Jose,
"len percent of the calls in that period contributed to the
arrest of a suspect, to the recovery of stolen property, or
to the seizure of illegal drugs or contraband.
In Savannah, San Jose, and most other communities
using this strategy, recovered property and cash more
than pay for the money paid to informants. Donations from
the public fully support the Savannah program.
Contact Information
Crime Stoppers International
P. O. Box 30413
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109-0413
Savannah Silent Witness
HO. Box 1027
Savannah, Georgia 31402
Victim Assistance Services
Community-based victim assistance services help relieve
stress and other consequences of crime, reduce vulnerability to repeated victimization, and unite comnmnity support for crime prevention.
Crime Problem Addressed
This strategy is designed to reduce recurrence of all types
of crime. Victim assistance can help prevent the same
individual from being a victim again, help friends and family
members from falling victim to the same type of crime,
mitigate the financial and emotional impact of crime, and
help rally the community to action against crime.
Key Components
The key components of this strategy include the following:
a community group or law enforcement agency unit
trained to support and assist victims:
victim assistance services, such as counseling, reporting, filing compensation or insurance claims, advocat-
Cifinmunity Mohilizatim
ing with landlords and creditors, and advising on legal
a forum for channeling emotional energy into community crime prevention activities, if the victim wishes to
do so: and
a public information plan to raise community awareness
of services and how to access them.
Key Partnerships
Victim assistance comes from a variety of sources, such
as the police, faith communities, teachers, psychologists,
and doctors. Sponsors of this program should establish a
partnership with the media to help spread the word about
community support for victims and to remind the corn-
tim assistance staff and volunteers in public housing to
meet the needs of survivors of homicide victims, victims
of child violence, and victims of sexual assault. NOVA
trained dozens of professionals and lay people to provide
victim assistance. After this contract was completed and
judged successful, the Chicago Housing Authority continued to contract with NOVA for additional training and technical assistance.
At the Ida B. Wells Development in October, 1994, two
11-year-olds pushed a 5-year-old child from a fourteenthstory window, while his brother, age 8, struggled to stop
them. Many people saw this act of terrible violence or its
immediate aftermath. There was widespread grieving in
the imm .ate area. The victim assistance program provided botn individual and group crisis intervention services, helping them to handle the intense grief and sense
of despair that they felt. Many residents reported that
they were helped by this assistance.
Potential Obstacles
One challenge is to reassure the victims and their friends
and colleagues that it is normal for a crime victim to experience many different emotions, thoughts, and feelings.
For example, numbness, fear, anger, a desire for revenge,
and wanting to hide from others are all common responses. Another challenge is to relieve tension and chan-
nel the energy of those who wish to address the causes
of crime and help prevent it. Workers who spend considerable time with victims need to be careful not to overinvest themselves to avoid "burn out." Training helps prepare volunteers for situations and emotions they will encounter.
Signs of Success
This strategy is working in the Ida B. Wells Public Housing
Development of the Chicago !lousing Author4 The Chicago Housing Authority was selected for a training and
technical assistance project of the National Organization
Applying the Strategy
In Oakland, California, an organization called Caught in
the Crossfire sends young counselors into Highland Hospital to try to persuade teenage gunshot victims to avoid
further violence. Each month, that one hospital treats ten
teens wounded by violence. The program is run by Youth
Alive, a nonprofit group committed to stopping youth violence. Trauma doctors say they help keep some gunshot
victims, even a few involved in violence, from engaging in
conduct that will increase their likelihood of returning to
the hospital with new wounds.
Contact Information
Director of Victim Services
National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)
1757 Park Road, NW
Washington, DC 20(110
for Victim Assistance (NOVA). NOVA trained existing vie-
Reinforce Community Standards Against Violence
Organized violence prevention and awareness campaigns
reinforce community standards of nonviolence and help
mbilize residents to act to prevent violence in the ,om-
1988 and 1992. In 1992, 129.6(K) juveniles were arrested
for murder, forcible rape, robbery, or aggravated assault.
Many psychologists believeand sonic studies have sup-
ported the theorythat seeing violence or daily depic-
tions of violence desensitizes both adolescents and adults
to violence, leaving them inwe likely to judge such behav-
Crime Problem Addressed
ior as "normal." This strategy attempts to address the
Violent juvenile crime has increased in recent years. Juvenile arrests for murder increased by 51 percent between
community environment by promoting nonviolence as the
community standard for juveniles and adults.
350 Pstal Strategies to Preivit Crinu.
Key Components
Signs of Success
The first component of this strategy is establishing the
goal to reduce exposure to violence, acceptance of violence, and use of violence in the daily activities of youth
and adults. One facet of the strategy to achieve that goal
Implementation of this strategy in Minnesota emerged in
one community from a conversation between two crime
prevention officers in 1991. They wanted to do something
is to reduce the violence youth see in their entertainment
and activities. Also, young people must be taught conflict
resolution and cooperation skills. Other components in-
publicized violent crimes in the state. Thinking about all
the violence in public entertainment, they wished that they
could just take the knob in hand and "turn it off." From
there, a partnership of forty-five organizations initiated a
statewide campaign to "Turn Off the Violence." One preschool teacher reported that since celebrating their limn
Off the Violence
children who witness fighting are
heard saying "turn off the violence."
Volunteer educators compiled a 11.acher's Education
Idea Guide, a curriculum for use in grades from kindergarten through high school, with lesson plans on conflict
resolution and anger control. Reproducible brochures, a
quarterly newsletter. and a Community Action Guide document the necessity of a campaign in every community to
Tuni Off the Violence. A limn Off the Violence Day" is
to try to reduce the kind of violence in several highly
clude the following:
a coalition that includes representatives from local gov-
ernment programs, the school systems, faith communities, youth groups, the media, and business, civic, social,
and service clubs:
educational materials to increase awareness and guide
action: and
public activities to mobilize interest and participation
in violence-free activities.
celebrated in Minnesota every OctoberCrime Prevention Month. The success and the spirit of the campaign
has been replicated in communities across the Vnited
Key Partnerships
Key partnerships should involve conimunity groups concerned about violence in cooperation with local faith institutions. schools, and libraries. The coalition should convey
nonviolence messages to the community and develop positive activities for youth. In addition to raising awareness
and providing education, the partners should provide facilities and support for activities. Businesses and merchant
associations can be enlisted to help fund educational campaigns and community activities. Media partners can review their patterns of news coverage and attempt to bal-
Applying the Strategy
In 1992 in San Antonio, Texas. a grassroots crime prevention planning team collaborated with local government
officials to outline the need for increased public education
and awareness about gang violence. Seeking to reinforce
the community's values against violence, local media executives and residents developed their own gang prevention public service advertisements featuring local community and government leaders and youth. In addition, area
ministers promoted the coalition's crime prevention action
ance violence and crime-related stories with positive
stories about the conununity, particularly during hours
when young people are among likely viewers.
plan through a week-king commitment to sermons with
;intiviolence themes. Community involvement in implementing the plan and promoting nonviolent activity for
Potential Obstacles
Maintaining volunteer participation in a kmg-term cornmunity antiviolence campaign can prove difficult. The impact of antiviolence campaigns will not surface immediately, so organizers should prepare to continue to schedule
events, publicize the campaign, lobby local agencies for
youth continues.
Contact Information
l'roject Coordinator
Turn Off the Violence
positive nonviolent activities for youth, and advocate to the
media fo nonviolent entertainment and news.
PO. Box 27558
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55-127
Commumly Mobilizahon
Neighborhood Watch
Organized groups of neighlx)rhood residents who watch
out for criminal and suspicious behavior and report it to
local law enforcement help prevent crime and promote cooperation among residents and with police.
Crime Problem Addressed
Ever day neighborhoods across the United States confront
any number of property and violent crimes and threats of
crime. This strategy attempts to provide local law enforce-
ment with additional eyes and ears to watch out for all
types of criminal activity and promote neighborhood securit
Key Components
Perhaps the most popular and proven community crime
prevention strategy Neighborhood Watch calls for groups
of residents in a desipated area to become an organized
chain of interconnected individuals trained to notice and
report criminal or suspicious behavior near their homes.
Local law enforcement provides training in crime reporting. alerts the group to potential crime threats, provides
statistics and data on crime trends, advises leadership on
how to recruit members, and helps design publicity campaigns and communication networks within the neighborhood and with watch groups throughout the jurisdiction.
Other typical components include home security surveys,
identification programs to mark valuable personal propert y. and signs alerting law-abiding residents and possible
offenders of the boundaries of the watch community.
Newsletters, telephone trees, and regular meetings facilitate communication aiming menthers.
Key Partnerships
Local law enforcement officials and residents form the cru-
cial partnership in this strategy "ftaining from the police
and help with recruitment and communication ensure the
watch program's success and provides the basis for a
they seek to involve as many neighborhoods as possible
to offset the potential displacement of crime. Also. volunteer momentum can wane if the program is narrowly focused and does not allow for a variety of roles that use
residents' talents and respect the varying degrees of cornfort with involvement in public safety pro).,rrams.
Signs of Success
For over a decade. the National Association of '1Own Watch
has promoted the Neighborhood Watch concept, encouraged community groups throughout the United States to
pool resources in crime prevention efforts, shared crime
prevention information with thousands of local organizations, and coordinated National Night Out, an annual August event where communities demonstrate their desire
for peaceful neighborhoods through parties, cookouts, and
crime prevention fairs. The Neighborhood Watch Advisory
Board in one southwestern city facilitated participation by
230 neighborhood organizations in the 1994 National Night
A 1981 evaluation of a Seattle community burglary pre-
vention program provided proof that the combination of
Neighborhood Watch, property identification, and home
security surveys resulted in noticeable and statistically
significant reductions in crimes targeted. The California
Legislative Research Office recently called Neighborhood
Watch -a proven program that reduces crime.- The watch
concept has been adapted throughout the United States
and other countries to include Apartment Watch in areas
with nuire densely concentrated resident housing.
Applying the Strategy
Neighborhood Watch gmups in Sangamon County Illinois.
helped reduce burglary by nearly 50 percent. while crime
rates rose throughout the rest of the state. Diligent activity by a watch program in "Ilicson. Arizona. resulted in 17
arrests and a 30 percent reduction in home burglaries in
just three weeks, with three-fourths of the arrests of
through citizen involvement.
suspects made possible by tips from watch members in
the area. Phoenix's Neighborhood Block Watch Fund was
created by a citizen-initiated referendum to dedicate part
of a local sales tax increase to expanding the alreadysuccessful block watch programs.
Potential Obstacles
Contact Information
Apath y. civic disengagement. and fear are among the most
common obstacles to forming a Neighborhood Watch. Education, usually via law enforcement, can overcome such
Nati( inal .Ass(iciati(n1 (4.16W11 Watch
sustained and broad-based community effort to promote
public safety Local media aid watch groups by publicizing
recruitment drives and successes in crime prevention
obstacles. Since possible displacement of crime to other
neighborNiods remains a concern kir law enfiwcement,
PO. Box 30;i
7 Wynnewood Road, Suite 215
WYnnewoud. Pennsylvania 19096
350 Tested Strategics to Prevent Crime
Create Access to Safe Urban Open Space
Signs of Success
Accessible open space in urban areas contributes to the
health and vitality of the community, contributing to its
The Green Cities Initiative (sponsored by the San Fran-
resiliency against crime and violence.
cisco-based Trust for Public Land) helps local governments
identify opportunities to develop parkland and coordinate
Crime Problem Addressed
financing for land purchase. Studies cited by the Trust
reveal that crime drops when adequate parks and recre-
Communities throughout the country have invested in
parks to ensure the quality of life for residents, particularly
young people and families. Open park grounds, playgrounds, and ballfields are vital recreational resources in
metropolitan areas. According to the Trust for Public
Land, roughly 80 percent of Americans live in metropolitan
Key Components
Investment in parks and open spaces comes from both
public and private sources. In some communities, investment has come from coalitions of corporate. commun4
and public agencies. In other instances, public acquisition
or rehabilitation of lands for parks comes through bond
sales, zoning restrictions to prohibit commercial develop-
ment, estate bequests, and nature preserves.
ational activities are available in inner-city neighborhoods.
According to the Trust, investment in parks creates job
opportunities and increases property values in areas surrounding the open space, even as the park offers respite
from stresses of urban life. Moreover, parks present a
ready-made location for community events and recreation
programs valued by community residents. In describing
the need for the Initiative. the Trust states that "public
open spaces are places where the seeds of sustainable
communities take rootwhere people become neighbors
and where cities become more livable."
In 1992. residents of Los Angeles County approved a
Safe Neighborhood Parks Act, raising $540 million to acquire land and rehabilitate neighborhood parks. The Trust
for Public Land helped the county leverage additional support from several local foundations and corporations. The
Urban Los Angeles program also focuses on the developing community gardens and open space within the core
Key Partnerships
inner city.
Prospective public investment in parkland has to compete
Applying the Strategy
for resources with vital public works projects, such as
public buildings, police and fire emergency agencies, hos-
pitals, and schools. Partnerships with corporate leaders
and community organizations can help build support for
spending on parkland acquisition and maintenance, resulting in contributions of supplemental resources to the project. Neighborhood associations can help coordinate community advocacy for parks.
Potential Obstacles
Investment in parkland and open space can be expensive.
City budgets are constrained by limited resources and
The Clean-Land initiative in Cleveland helps to identify
areas needing beautification through tree planting. The
project was developed in response to the loss of hundreds
of trees in downtown and inner-city neighborhoods. The
city coordinates with Neighbor Woods, a volunteer treeplanting organization, to identify communities for tree
planting and recruit resources. Advertising agencies donated publicit y. and judges sentenced offenders to trash
cleanup in tree-planting sites. In 1990. the project earned
a National Arbor Day Foundation award for the investments it leveraged in planting over 1,000 trees.
challenged by many competing demands; officials may assign low priority to acquiring open space. Advocates fiw
Contact Information
park investment should emphasize the multiple recrea-
Director of Public Affairs
Trust for Public Land
116 New Montgomery Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, California 94105
tional opportunities, beautification benefits, and economic
improvements that result from the revitalization of neighborhoods that follows rehabilitation of park areas.
5 5'
Community Mobilization
Directories of Services
Directories of services that are provided by local agencies
help residents, other service providers, and police officers
identify opportunities to refer individuals and families to
needed services.
Crime Problem Addressed
Residents of all kinds of neighborhoods will eventually require the services provided by a local government or community social, health, or employment service agency. Increased awareness of available services helps ensure that
those in need will understand how to access those services.
Key Components
Service directories typically catalog services available
from public and private sources in areas such as family
support, counseling, employment training, health services, substance abuse treatment, and education. Distribution of the directory to residents and to service agencies
helps reinforce coordinated referral to programs offering
the support families and children need. Directories are
commonly developed as a product of coalitions and interagency partnerships to assist neighborhoods.
Key Partnerships
asked to update the content as a trade-off for the local
government department's commitment of resources to
print and distribute it.
Signs of Success
Seattle's Youth Involvement Network represents the part-
nership of the community, city agencies, and youth. In
addition to raising the community's awareness of issues
facing Seattle youth, the Network developed the Youth
Yellow Pages which lists youth-serving agencies. With the
support of the public library and a local cable television
company, the directory provides information on jobs,
sports opportunities, legal assistance, and antiviolence
Applying the Strategy
In Wichita, Kansas, the Neighborhood Initiative has pursued leadership training for residents, enhanced services
for neighborhoods, and brought cooperation between public and private agencies in the two-county metropolitan
area. The 1995 directory of services sponsored by the
Initiative and printed with the cooperation of the local
United Way includes hundreds of references to organizations that provide emergency family support, substance
abuse treatment, mental health services. information On
schools, health education resources, and job training centers. The directory is one vehicle for reinforcing the col-
Agencies should coordinate resources to develop, print,
and distribute service resource directories. Neighborhood
associations can identify community needs so that agen-
cies and providers that address these needs can be included.
Potential Obstacles
Maintaining the directories and including updates can be
a time-consuming process that a single agency may be
laboration of local agencies on the Initiative.
Contact Information
Director of Intergovernmental Relations
City of Wichita
Office of the City Manager
455 North Main Street. 13th Floor
Wichita, Kansas 67202
reluctant to undertake. Neighborhood agencies can be
Celebrate Neighborhood Accomplishments
Celebrating a onfimunit y's accomplishments in planning
and implementing anticrime projects and revitalization or
redevelopment activities builds conmiunity pride and supports the sustainability of communities of all types.
Crime l'roblem Addressed
Residents of neighborhoods beset by crime and vkilence
experience a great deal of fear.
limy also feel that
their community's problems are overwhelming, too large
to be addressed by anything they could contribute. This
strategy recognizes the need to promote the accomplishments. victories. and milestones of communities in order
to demonstrate that local agencies support positive activity in those communities and that individual contributions
are valued.
350 Tested Strategies to Prevent Crime
of community planning and improvement projects undertaken by groups throughout the city The free events were
so successful that the city decided to make it an annual
event. Heavy local media coverage of the activities also
highlighted the commitment to the community of local
realtors and the Chamber of Commerce.
Key Components
Recognition can come in the foim of awards ceremonies,
small-scale events, or simple block parties to celebrate the
conclusion of neighborhood revitalization projects. Media
coverage of the events enhances opportunities to build
support for the activity recognized. Neighborhood services agencies or local governments often coordinate
Applying the Strategy
events and also maintain networks of neighborhood associations and community planning groups.
Key Partnerships
Phoenix's awards program. "Celebrating Neighborhoods
that Work," spurs competition among neighborhoods and
profiles their accomplishments. The program recognizes
Neighborhood service agencies should work with corn-
verse elements of the community, and efforts to reinforce
successful outreach to residents, partnerships with di-
munity groups to identify opportunities to note accomplish-
the city's goals to solve problems at the neighborhood
ments of individuals and local projects. Media and other
events and awards.
level. Groups that are organized to work through partnerships to improve the quality of life are eligible to apply for
recognition through the program.
Potential Obstacles
Contact Information
Recognizing community projects does not need to involve
Neighborhoods that Work Program
Neighborhood Services Department
City of Phoenix
200 West Washington Street, 4th Floor
Phoenix, Arizona 85003
corporate resources can help underwrite the costs of
complicated or costly events. Recognition should be an
predictable aspect of the collaboration between local agencies to promote the healthy development of neighborhoods.
Signs of Success
In 1994. St. Petersburg. Florida. initiated a Neighborhood
Festival, a series of free parties to celebrate the outcome
African-American Church l'roject. Restoring Broken
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Protecting youth and
families from crime
should be a cornerstone
of our society. Yet
youth in the United
States are victimized by
crime at rates
significantly higher
than adults.
Furthermore, crimes
including violent
offensesare often
committed by
ach da y. thousands of y(Ring people live in fear of crime. Many attend school
worried about guns, violence, and other crime. 'Pio many children find it difficult to
resist peer pressure toward drugs and violence. Every N.ear in America. nearly three
million cases of child abuse are reported and over 750,000 students drop out of school:
in one recent yean over 130,000 youth were arrested.
Local and community actionby parents. youth, educators, health professionals.
religious leaders. community organizations, recreation program directors, and Idl-
erscan provide children and youth the skills and support they need to prevent
victimization and to make healthy and safe choices. Committed local leaders and
individuals can do much to help youth take advantage of opportunities to use their
talents to help themselves, their peers, and their community. Muth-led projects that
address social issues and public safety denninstrate the power that lies in the vision
youth have of safer and caring communities.
Local governments and communities that have realigned policies and institutions to
address the needs of children, youth, and families have seen how innovative approaches
can reap unforeseen rewards. Communities that have implemented policies that promote individual responsibility among youth note that crime by youth decreases when
those policies are implemented along with opportunities to pursue positive alternatives.
Local planning groups have collaborated around a common vision to prevent ddinquenc y. help rear children in safe homes, and bring conmnmity assets to bear on social
conditions that foster crime.
The fifty strategies in this chapter emphasize the impfrrtant role many local act( ws
play in securing a safe and stable conmninity environment for children and youth. The
successful means of protecting youth and preventing delinquency profiled in this chapter
includi; the fiillf
Neighborhood-based recreation centers--Safe recreation facilities are vital
iurces of positive activity and learning for youth, and they are an important resf furce
for connecting them to needed prevention services. A national study of nineteen city
recreation programs revealed that pf ilice in those cf immunities credited the pn }gran is
with making significant contributions to reduced incidence of violence and other crimes.
A late-night recreation and supplemental educati(m pri igram in Cincinnati helped reduce crime in (me neighborlumd by 24 percent after just three months. "l'he reduction
of crime was achioed at a cost of $.5ti per youth participant.
350 Tested Strategies to Prevent Crime
named it school of the year in 1994 and replicated the
program across the state.
Late-night or daytime curfews for youthMany
communities pursue local curfew ordinances as a strategy
to combat youth violence. Juvenile crime in New Orleans
decreased by 38 percent sixty days after implementation
of the late-night curfew in 1994. New Orleans' ordinance
holds both parents and juveniles accountable. Other city
programs established at the same time offer youth support
through job training and recreation.
Adults as career mentorsAdults with business
Values-based curriculaChildren benefit from
school programs that instill values and positive character
traits. Public schools in Dayton. Ohio. have established a
comprehensive character education program. Teachers
present one topic per week, which is followed by student
discussion about basic societal values such as honesty,
fairness, courage. loyaltN: and tolerance. Since the program was initiated, school suspensions have dropped dramatically. academic performance has improved, and students say their schools feel safer.
Alternative school sitesSmall-scale school mironments that provide intensive tutoring and other services help youth with behavior problems and those at risk
of academic failure. The Mat-Su Alternative School in
Alaska has become a model for how alternative learning
environments can help dropouts and delinquent youth. Students at this school have dropped out of school elsewhere.
abused alcohol or drugs, or been placed on probation by
juvenile court. Although 20 percent of the school's students are referred directly from the court system. only 3
percent become repeat offenders after attending the alter-
experience can help prevent delinquency by sponsoring
youth in apprenticeships or mentoring programs. Over
1.400 USAA Casualty Insurance Company employees in
several states mentor stddents; they work one-on-one
with youth to foster academic skills arid values such as
dedication and responsibility. During one year in San AntoMo. Texas. the number of USAA-mentored students
with behavior problems dropped by 30 percent.
Youth leadership and serviceToo often youth are
viewed as a source of violence in the communit: but not
as a resource to help resolve crime and social problems.
Youth as Resources (YAR ). an initiative started in 1987, is
a leading youth leadership and development model. YAR
operates in more than forty communities in the United
States, providing funding and technical assistance to
youth-led community initiatives. In Chicago, seventh and
eighth graders visit the elder124 running errands and doing
chores for them. In Evansville, Indiana. young people renovated a resting area for children at the local zoo. In other
communities, youth have built playgrounds and performed
plays for younger children. plays which feature prevention
themes. An evaluation of the effect of the program on its
participants demonstrated that the program positively influenced attitudes toward delinquency, helped develop 1111-
portant leadership skills, and increased positive bonds to
the communit:
native school. Impressed by the results, state officials
Outdoor Challenge Education
lenges and counseling to build these resiliency factors in
Juvenile offenders who participate in rigorous outdoor chal-
N.outh participants.
lenge and therapeutic programs are less apt to commit
additional crimes than their counterparts incarcerated in
Key Components
traditional juvenile detention facilities.
Crime Problem Addressed
Public fear of juvenile offenders has grown, along with the
perception that the juvenile justice system has not always
dealt successfully with the youth committed to its care.
Significant numbers of juveniles who have been incarcerated in secure detention centers for even minor offenses
commit further crimes within months after their release.
Some portion of juveniles commits these crimes because
they lack the self-esteem, self-reliance, spirit of cooperation. respect for others, and prkk in themselves that society associates with law-abiding citizens. This strategy
helps to reduce recidivism by using rigorous physical chal-
This strategy is an alternative to secure detention for all
but the most seriously violent juvenile offender. The participants are removed from the negative environment that
has fostered criminal behavior and placed in a positive.
caring setting that offers physical and mental challenges,
opportunities to build trust in adults and peers. and training in skills to make positive life choices. The best resuKs
are obtained if participation is optional and if those who
take part make a serious commitment to the program. It
is conducted in stages that allow the offenders to develop
skills and encourages those skills to be challenged and
refined through various activities. Follow-up care for the
youth (e.g.. group meetings. home visits. etc. I makes the
transitk in back into the lit rme envinmment as smooth as
possible and enhances the likelihood that youth will maintain a lifestyle free of delinquent behavior.
participants also receive four hours of school lessons each
day. At the completion of the program, the youth take part
Key Partnerships
in liomeQuest. a continual transitional program to help
the juveniles readjust to their home environments.
Partnerships built on trust and respect among parents,
youth, and adult program leaders are essential for the
program to succeed. Cooperation between the placing
agencies and the program administration is also key in
ensuring placement of participants willing to commit to the
rigorous program.
Potential Obstacles
One potential obstacle is the difficulty in building trust
between the participants and their leaders. This can be
In 1987, the Rand Corporation, funded by the U.S. De-
partment of Justice, evaluated San Diego County's
Vision Quest program. That study revealed that "placement in Vision Quest is associated with a recidivism rate
about half that of Youth Corrections Center graduates."
The evaluation went on to note that "placement in
Vision Quest reduced the one-year recidivism rate from
71 percent to 39 percent." The California Office of the
Auditor General reported a 16 percent lower recidivism
rate among San Diego Vision Quest participants than
overcome by patience and hard work. The negative effects
among their peers incarcerated for similar offenses in the
Youth Corrections Center. Also a 1987 evaluation of ten
of the neighborhood and peer associations can resurface
Pennsylvania residential centers for juvenile offenders
once the program is over unless parental support and
showed that the two centers that used Vision Quest had a
14 percent lower recidivism rate than the other eight.
follow-up care are emphasized. Some of the more physically challenging programs are controversial among probation departments and other juvenile justice officials, who
are concerned that the programs are too rigorous. However, judges tend to believe that the programs are more
effective than traditional incarceration of similar offenders.
Signs of Success
Vision Quest is a confrontational outdoor challenge and rehabilitation program for juvenile offenders: headquartered
in "Iiicson, Arizona, it has program sites throughout the
country Vision Quest takes juvenile offenders referred by
juvenile courts, probation departments, or social services
on a series of outdoor expeditions, or "quests." Participants are required to commit to the program for a minimum of one year and to complete three quests. The first
quest is an orientation to ensure that each youth is fully
prepared for later, more advanced quests. Quests can
range from hiking trips to bicycle trips to mule packs and
simulated wagon trains. Throughout the program, the
Applying the Strategy
A less confrontational program approved by the Santa Fe
Mountain Center was initiated in 1979 to encour
sponsibility among juveniles through "adaptation t
door adventure and group living and to realize the value
and power of group action." The center emphasizes communication skills. healthy risk-taking, and enhancement of
self-esteem through mastery of new challenges. The suc-
cessful program was given a Recognition of Program
Merit by the National Association of Juvenile and Family
Court Judges.
Contact Information
Vision Quest National. Ltd.
PO. Box 12906
'Meson, Arizona 85732-2906
School-to-Work Programs
School-to-work programs help youth find jobs and sustain
a successful transition to the mirk tOrce.
Crime Problem Addressed
According to Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist Paul Osterman. "Roughly one-third of all high school
graduates, and somewhat more high school dropouts. fail
to find stable employment by the time they are thirty" The
situation he describes is partly due to deficiencies in the
academic skills and career preparation youth in most U.S.
school systems receive. Lack of stable employment over
time leads to ecommlic instability and increased risk of
involvement in crime for those youth and young adults from
economically disadvantaged comnmnities.
Key Components
The Center fiw limth Development and Policy Research
describes youth development as "an approach to youth
programming and policy that stresses preparation and developmentrather than prevention, deterrence and deficit
reductionas its ultimate goal, and the provisions of supports and opportunities as essential strategies." The Center and the National Nbuth Employment Coalition contend
that schmil-to-m irk and other poigrams l tinckd on youth
350 Tested Strategies to Prevent Crime
building partnerships with public sector and nonprofit employers, finding job and training opportunities for youth in
those arenas.
development principles are successful when they integrate
training, employment, education, and a network of social
supports and services. The Coalition advocates expanding
locally successful program models to a national level.
Successful local programs have included the following
Signs of Success
In 1993. Public/Private Ventures (in Philadelphia) completed a case study of five programs and related youth
development literature for the U.S. Department of Labor.
a multiyear investment in the youth that begins early
on and is directed to individual and age-appropriate needs;
The studyStrengthening Programs For Ibuthjudged
that the success of the local programs should be replicated
on a national level, urging the Labor Department to redirect its youth programming and take a "leadership role in
establishing and supporting programs aiming to promote
the overall maturation of disadvantaged youth."
The federal School-to-Mrk Opportunities Act enacted
opportunities for interaction with peers and adult role
education and skills training;
guidance on career choices as developmental and interest issues change over time; and
in the summer of 1994 recognizes that the resources of
effective locally driven and Labor-supported programs
should be redirected and designed along youth developafent lines. It also recommends that such programs in-
support from the community and service providers to
help youth become productive citizens.
clude adult role models and other support mechanisms that
are tailored to age-appropriate needs, which are very dif-
Beyond education and technical training, the programs
ferent from those of adults in job training and career education programs.
also provide nurturing, guidance, and monitoring from
teachers or workplace supervisors to respond to each
youth's evolving needs and interests.
Applying the Strategy
Key Partnerships
Moving Up is a program in New York City that offers youth
comprehensive employment training, job retention and career advancement guidance, and placement services in a
variety of technical and service fields. The relatively small
A successful program must engage schools in reassessing
their curriculum for relevance to job training and career
preparation. It should also organize the recruitment of
public and private employers to support the project
inner-city program boasts impressive results. After one
year of participation. 92 percent of participating youth had
through internships. technical training, and loaned or donated equipment. The program must also be connected
to resources that can help build community support. In
addition, the program must include partnerships with all
local government and community-based elements of the
sectors that make up the social environment of youth. The
services provided should include instruction; opportunities
to learn and contribute in "real world" situations: and support from caring professional role models, loaned executives, and other adults as the youth sets goals and makes
progress toward career and other objectives.
been placed in jobs, 74 percent had retained the jobs for
that one year and 80 percent had avoided criminal activity
The Quantum Opportunities Program (QOP)a multiyear, comprehensive program piloted in five sites (San
Antonio, Texas; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Oklahoma
City Oklahoma: Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Saginim
Michigan) combines education, training, financial incentives, and ,,ther support to youth beginning in the ninth
grade and continuing through high school graduation. The
program served urban youth who were from welfare-sup-
Potential Obstacles
Some programs have found it difficult to obtain the financial
and volunteer support needed to maintain the long-term
commitments vital to school-to-work transition programs.
Continually reassessing the needs of participating youth
and their progress requires staff activity and resources to
gauge the program's effectiveness and adjust it to the
needs of participating youth. In some economically disadvantaged areas, recruitment of empl()yer paoicipants is
difficult and work opportunities are scarce. Some programs have responded successfully to that challenge by
ported households and were at risk of juvenile delinquency
and becoming dropouts.
An evaluation conducted by Brandeis University determined that Q0I' participants were significantly more likely
than non-participants to graduate from high school, pursue
postsecondary education. or receive an academic achievement award. Additionally. QOP participants were signifi-
cantly less likely to drop out of school or have children
during the time period studied. The evaluation credited
the success of the program to intensive support from adult
workers, combined with training, financial incentives, and
community service.
Contact Information
Andrew Hahn
Center for Human Resources
Brandeis University
60 Turner Street
Waltham. Massachusetts 02154
National lbuth Employment Coalition
1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 719
Washington, DC 20036
Youth Leadership as a Community Resource
Foster the development of leadership in youth by providing
them skills to help them make positive contributions to the
gang prevention, counseling, or drug abuse prevention
projects. In these programs, youth are trained in selfdiscipline and self-esteem, positive life choices, refusal
skills, conflict management, and strategies for sharing
these skills with their peers.
Crime Problem Addressed
All youth. including those who may be unaware of what
they can offer, have energ y. ideas, vision, and skills that
can greatly benefit their communities. The success of
countless community service projects that have substan-
tial youth participation and leadership points to the
Key Partnerships
Relationships between adults and youth that are based on
mutual respect are key to successful youth leadership development programs. If the objective is youth participation
strengths youth can bring to communities that are struggling with crime, violence, drug abuse, and quality-of-life
issues. Literature on the risks and resources of commu-
in projects to serve the community youth involvement
must be substantial and include all aspects of decisionmaking: otherwise the program will have no legitimacy
with youth who participate. If the objective is leadership
nities demonstrates that efforts to bolster the skills of
skills for the youth to use in refining life skills, the program
youth leaders help them resist the negative influences that
are associated with delinquent behavior. In particular, such
programs support youths' sense of control over some as-
must include committed and caring adults who help set
guidelines and serve as role models who have made positive life decisions. In many cases, implementing specific
projects also requires resources for training, materials, or
pects of their lives, engenders altruism and caring for
others, and enhances their belief in themselves and in
positive prospects for their future.
Key Components
Many youth leadership development programs focus on
opportunities for youth and adults to work together on
issues of vital importance to the community: The young
people help define and solve problems. The programs often
involve youth participation in such areas as:
local government boards or advisory groups that set
youth-related policy:
Potential Obstacles
Programs may need to confront mistrust or preconceived
notions that both adults and youth have about the other's
role in or ability to contribute to the project's success.
These barriers can he overcome through careful design of
decision-making structures, team-building training, and
opportunities for interaction that make everyone's skills
evident. Participants in youth-led projects may not initially
understand their own potential, which may need to be
brought out through training. mentoring, and experience.
community service or charitable activities: and
Signs of Success
public safety activities, such as community crime
linith as Resources (YAR ). an initiative started by the
watch and school violence prevention programs.
National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) in 1987, is a
leading youth leadership and development model. YAR op-
In each case, youth are encouraged to develop their
erates in more than forty communities throughout the
potential while contributing :4( ilutions to vital siicial concerns. Some programs focus on opportunities to build and
harness the skills of youth leaders as teachers or counselors to their peers, offering pi isitive peer role mcidels in
United States, providing funding and technical assistance
to youth-led community initiatives. YAR programs are evidence that youth leadership can produce tangible results
in the community
350 7ested Strategies to Prevent Crime
In Chicago, over 100 seventh and eighth graders from
Beethoven Elementary School visited senior citizens in
their homes, providing companionship, running errands,
and doing chores; these young people strengthened multigenerational ties in their community. In Evansville. Indiana, youth renovated a half-acre site at Mesker Zoo into
a landscaped knoll to be used by young children as a rest
and lunch area while visiting the zoo. Youth developed the
idea, wrote the grant proposal, presented it to the school
board of trustees, and initiated a publicity campaign. Longitudinal evaluations by the Lilly Endowment (a YAR financial supporter) concluded that YAR positively influenced antidelinquency attitudes and beliefs and helped to
develop important leadership traits, including self-esteem,
altruism, positive bonds with the community, social and
communication skills, and civic responsibility:
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) supports youth leadership programs in public
housing communities across the country, and it has placed
youth leadership development at the forefront of its youthserving program agenda. Creating an atmosphere supportive of youth leadership is at the heart of I IUD's cooper-
ative effort with other federal agencies to make public
housing communities safe and drug-free.
Applying the Strategy
Youth residents of Macon. Georgia, public housing com-
munities have been trained as state-certified teen cornmunity representatives, working under the supervision of
a health professional to educate other youth about drugs.
sexually transmitted disease, and pregnancy prevention.
The Macon program is considered one of the most effective of the many youth projects run by the local housing
In 1992. San Antonio, "lexas. officials developed a network of leadership institutes for middle-school girls after
they realized that programs aimed at violence and gang
prevention had been disproportionately directed toward
young males. The institutes in each school also teach skills
in communicating effectively resisting negative influences,
and making positive life choices. The institutes are part
of a comprehensive citywide effort to combat juvenile
crime and victimization through a balance of prevention.
intervention, and eft ircement strategies.
Contact Information
Executive Director
Macon Housing Authority
2015 Felton Avenue
Macon, Georgia 31201
Executive Director
National Center for Youth as Resources
1700 K Street, NW 8th Floor
Vashington, DC 20006
202-466-6272, ext. 151
Dropout Prevention Focused on High-Risk Elementary Students
School dropout rates can be lowered through early intervention programs that are student-centered and teacherled and that focus on the needs of children identified as
being at risk.
Crime Problem Addressed
National estimates show that over one million students
crime-related costs can be attributed to high rates of
school dropout among youth.
Key Components
In a review of forty-seven local school dropout prevention
programs in twenty-two states between 1986 and 1990,
the National Foundaticm for the Improvement of Educaticm
(NFIE) found that key components to the success of these
programs included the following:
drop out of school each year, as many as one in four before
scheduled graduation. School dropout rates, poverty and
crime are interrelated. lbuth %%to do not graduate :rom
early intervention with elementary-age children identified as at risk of dropping out:
high school are less likely than high scluiol or college grad-
uates to be able to find and sustain stable employment.
States and local areas with the highest dropout rate also
have high rates of crime, poverty and enrollment in public
assistance programs than other areas with higher school
retention and graduation rates. The National I )ropout Pre-
vention Center estimates that billions of dollars in lost
pr(ductivit y public assistance benefits, job training, and
I strong school district support for applying resources
toward this problem, including policies to empower teachers to make the curriculum engaging and interactive;
emphasis on building the self-esteem of the students
through programs tailored to their needs, academic and
high, yet reasonable, expectations for student performance; and
extensive collaboration with and involvement of parents
ticipating students; and 80 percent said that student behavior had improved. In Las Vegas, Nevada, 76 percent of
students involved performed at least one grade level better
in two classes after the first year of the program
and the business community
Chattanooga. Tennessee, there was a tenfold increase in
parent attendance at Parent-Teacher Association meet-
The Comer School, a project affiliated with Yale University attributed the success of its students and its low
dropout rates to small classes, intensive parental involve-
ment, clear expectations for student performance, a caring
atmosphere, and a system of support for students need:ng
Key Partnerships
The partnership most vital to success is the one among
the at-risk student, the parent(s), and the classroom
teacher The teacher is the front-line defense for a school
system with a dropout problemthe first to notice academic performance, behavioral, and family-related issues
that suggest a student is at risk for dropping out of school
at a later age. l'roperly trained teachers are a vital resource for schools and parents seeking to identify at-risk
children and provide them with support and guidance to
increase their academic performance and reduce the
chance they, will drop out of school. 'leachers and administrators can enhance the success of a dropout prevention
program by collaborating with parents to involve them in
school activities, helping them understand how to facilitate
their child's academic progress, and collaborating with
them to build community support for the program. Businesses can help by providing materials or equipment for
schoc As or publicity for the program.
Potential Obstacles
The most common obstacle faced by school districts is
measuring the extent of the dropout problem as a first step
in designing a solution. A 1991 review of dropout program
studies clone by The gashington Nst showed that dropout
rates in most large U.S. cities "are full of statistical flaws
and based on dubious data from overburdened school at-
tendance supervisors... This issue can be addressed
through a concerted effort of school administration to track
dropout students in a consistent manner, aware of the
impact of counting as dropouts those students who should
not be. including those who were jailed. expelled, or trans-
Applying the Strategy
The Savannah, Georgia, school system has developed a
continuum of programs to help its students. The effort
begins in elementary school with the Services to Assist
Nbuth (STAY) Team program. STAY screens students, as-
sists them with academic and family problems, and pro6des some students with an alternative curriculum. The
S'IAY 'learn includes a school counselor. suspension specialist, and additional staff who help connect students to
needed services. In later years. students with academic
difficulties are supported by the Comprehensive Competencies Program (CCP) and Transition Resource 'leachers
(TRT). The CCP lab program is designed to help stucknits
advance to their proper grade level with the help of inaividualized instruction. 'leachers in the TRT program assist incoming ninth graders with course scheduling, and
they provi.:. long-term support and monitoring of academic. behavioral, and related family issues.
The Alpha Program at Blanton Elementary School in
St. Petersburg, El( wida. is a dropout prevention program
that focuses on elementary school students; it was named
a 1994 "Shining Star- program by the Southeast Regional
Center for Drug-Free Schools and Communities. In existence since 1987, Alpha is a collaborative effort of the
school, parents, and community-based agencies that has
been judged very successful in several evaluations. Endof-year achievement tests show a minimum of six months
growth in academic achievement among 95 percent of par-
ticipating students. In addition, student behaviors improved, all parents who attended parenting classes reported learning at least four new skills, and no students
have been reported for alcohol or drug abuse or treatment.
illab(iration, training, and materials have been funded
largely through corporate contributions.
Contact Information
ferred. The U.S. Department of Education provides
guidelines to school districts on defining dropouts and collecting accurate statistics.
Blanum Elementary Schml
6400 54th Avenue North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33709
Signs of Success
Of the sites that took part in the NEI E-funded program.
one-third leveraged outside support to continue the effort;
41 percent reported a significant impr(wentent in elementary student test scores; 5.1 percent reported improved
grades; 74 percent noted increased attendance among par-
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
1755 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Suite 308
Washington, DC 20036
350 Tested Strategies to Prevent Crime
Use Performing Arts To Build Healthy Bodies and Minds
Performing arts programs build self-esteem, confidence,
perseverance, and initiative among participating youth. All
these qualities are important protective influences against
involvement in delinquent behavior and substance abuse.
Crime Problem Addressed
Research analyzed by Dr. J. David Hawkins of Development Research Programs (DRP) indicates that many youth
exposed to multiple factors that increase their risk of delinquency do not engage in that behavior. DRP research
shows that those youth who resist delinquent behavior
have specific "protective factors" that work against the
risk factors, buffering their impact and enhancing the
youth's ability to grow up healthy and safe. Hawkins
groups these protective factors into three categories:
individual characteristics (i.e., positive social orientation);
bonding (positive relationships with family other
adults, and peers); and
healthy beliefs and clear standards for behavior from
within the family, school, and peer groups.
Performing arts programs that buikl the self-esteem,
poise, perseverance, teamwork skills, and initiative of
young people help to support the youth's positive devel-
Key Partnerships
Local community-based and professional theater and
dance groups often work in concert with schools and community organizations to support workshops and ongoing
performance programs for youth. Where those collaborations are not possible, school personnel may develop the
projects as part of drama, performance, or community
service clubs. Most youth performance projects are supported by community groups and local businesses, which
mq donate performance space, transportation, and publicity for performances. In some cases, local corporations
have donated materials and travel support to youth performance ensembles.
Potential Obstacles
Community-based programs sometimes find it difficult to
maintain the involvement and support of adults with enough
time, talent, and energy to sustain the project. Many local
community-oriented performance groups for youth have
received strong support from local university drama departrnents or professional theater ensembles that contrib-
ute time and talent as part of their commitment to the
community In addition, sonic projects find that space for
rehearsals is hard to locate. The space issue can usually
be overcome through partnerships between schools and
community organization that allow the use of auditoriums
for rehearsals or provide classes of younger children as
opment and prevent delinquency
Signs of Success
Key Components
Performing arts programsencouraging development
talent, fostering cultural values, and conveying positive
messages about staying in school and away from drugs
provide buffers against the risk factors that youth in disadvantaged communities face every day One example of
such a program is the youth "steel pan- Caribbean music
group in Washington, DC. The program Self-Esteem
Through Performing Arts: A Prevention Strategy for Af-
This strategy and the success of related programs depends heavily on the inv(Avement of committed adults from
the schools or community-based organizations. Beyond
commitment, adults sponsoring or administering program
activities must have specific performance or arts skills that
be effective, these
they can pass along to the students.
programs must not only be entertaining enough to attract
youth, but they must also help youth develop perseverance, initiative, and teamwork skills through the effort to
master a performance as an individual or within an ensemble. In addition, performances with specific- messages
rican-American Nbuth operates out of a local Boys & Girls
Club and involves forty-five talented youth who pertOrm at
community festivals, benefit concerts, and other area
events. All band members are recruited from an area of
themes convey and reinforce healthy communit y standards
the city with a high concentration of vi()lent crime, school
dropouts, substance abuse, and public housing. The program supplements performances with information on drug
and values, to both the participating youth and their au-
prevention, tutoring, and the importance of parental in-
diences. Participants get a clear sense of their contrihuti(
violence prevention s(ing-and-dancc niutines for younger
volvement in activities. In 1994. all members of the group
had at least a 3.1) average in scluml, and 85 percent were
ni the !yaw o III. Increasing numbers of parents were
student s.
about substance abuse, violence prevention, or cultural
to the community when they perform antidrug skits or
The group has been designated a Shining Star program
by the Southeast Regional Center for Drug-Free Schools
and Communities.
Applying the Strategy
In 1991, the Austin ('kAas) Independent School District
adopted a performing arts character education program
that uses dance as a medium to teach values and improve
the self-esteem and confidence of elementary-school children considered to be at risk of dropping out of school.
Ten- to fourteen-year-old students in the Believe in Me
program learn and perform dance routines with the assistance of local professional instructors. Hundreds of students participate in the program each year, experiencing
individual success within a group, developing self-confidence by mastering new skills, and channeling their energies and frustrations creatively Believe in Me also uses
curriculum guidelines to teach important lessons such as
civic responsibility, citizenship, and public speaking. The
program, patterned after one begun in New Nbrk through
the National Dance Institute, was designated a model program by the lexas Attorney General and won a 1994 Criminal Justice Award.
Youth in Chicago's Cambodian community perform antigang and antidrug plays under the sponsorship of Travelers and Immigrants Aid (TIA). a community-based or-
ganization that assists Asian and African refugees.
Written and performed by youth, the pieces convey vital
prevention messages and foster self-esteem within a cultural framework familiar to young audiences new to the
linited States. The Refugee Substance Abuse Prevention
Project of TIA also provides addiction prevention information and counseling for youth and adults.
Contact Information
Believe In Me!
4131 Spicewood Springs Road. Suite A3
Austin, 'texas 78759
Recreation Centers
Neighborhood-based recreation centers are vital sources
of positive activity and learning for youth, as well as an
important resource for connecting them to needed prevention services.
When recreation is combined with supplementary edu-
cational activitiessuch as tutoring, education on drug
abuse and health awareness, and job skills trainingthe
Crime Problem Addressed
recreation centers become a vital link in the community
system supporting youth. Such centers often provide an
oasis of safety and an alternative life choice to youth who
reside in violence-plagued communities. Community support for such centers is strong. as they are often one of
Youth from economically disadvantaged and crime-plagued
the few visible signs of comprehensive local services based
communities often raise the concern that it is difficult for
them to resist peer pressure to get involved in delinquent
activity because of limited opportunities for attractive recreational or social activity. After-school recreational activ-
vices for youth, as well as the center of youth-police partnership projects.
itiesoffered through community centers, schools and
local recreation departmentsthat are supplemented by
educational opportunities such as tutoring and job placement services, help fill youths' free time with positive and
safe activities. Late-evening recreation programs benefit
older teens, helping to reduce youth-related crime.
Key Components
Recreation centers in neighborhoods rarely lack youth participants. The ball courts. swimming classes, art lessons,
dance troupes, bands, nmrtial arts instruction, and other
activities often represent the sole outlet for formal sport
and arts participation available to urban youth. The presence of recreation prt)grams alone, however. does not tend
to result in dramatic reductions in violent crime by or
against youth.
in such neighborhoods. In addition. many centers have
become home to a variety of health and prevention ser-
Key Partnerships
Residents and local organizations that operate recreation
centers often work in partnership to develop programs to
meet the needs of area youth and staff. Multiagency collaborations of the local government are nearly always involved in staffing the centers, providing services and referrals to youth and their families, and donating facilities
and equipment. Schools can be helpful partners in identifying youth with academic and behavioral problems who
may require support or services outside school. In turn,
centers with tutoring programs can help schools track the
needs and progress of students at risk of academic failure
and dropping out. Local businesses can be partners in
locating needed space and equipment, getting publicity for
programs, and soliciting donations to support center activities or rehabilitate facilities. Youth in the community can
350 7ested Strategies to Prevent Crime
help design programs and help peers and younger chiklren
with sports activities and homework.
Potential Obstacles
Local governments are finding it increasingly difficult to
locate resources to support community-based recreation
centers. It is incumbent upon local supporters to investigate innovative staff and budget plans for such centers, in
order to make the best use of existing local government
resources and to draw upon local reservoirs of corporate
and nonprofit agency support. Many of the most successful
programs started this way and have thrived through those
Signs of Success
A national study of nineteen recreation programs by the
National Parks and Recreation Association revealed that
local law enforcement in these cities credited area youth
recreation programs with significant contributions to reducing the incidence of crimes committed by and again<
Fort Myers, Florida. had a significant juvenile crime
problem for several years. By 1990. juveniles had committed nearly 1,000 crimes, with 67 percent of crimes committed by repeat oftCnders, and a significant proportion by
youth carrying firearms. Furthermore, the city of 50.000
was suffering from high rates of school suspensions and
truancy. In response. the city applied for and received
a continuing decline in juvenile crime, including a twothirds reduction in recidivism among eleven- and twelveyear-old offenders.
Applying the Strategy
In 1993. a late-night recreation and supplemental education program sponsored by the City of Cincinnati helped
reduce juvenile crime in the Winton Hills community by
24 percent after just three months of operation. City officials attribute this reduction to the establishment of the
center, which operates on a budget of roughly $60.000.
pe noted reduction in crime was achieved at a cost of
$0.56 per youth participant.
San Antonio and Corpus Christi are two of the seven
cities in "lexas which recently developed comprehensive,
citywide crime prevention plans through broad-based local
government and community coalitions. Although each of
the seven city plans included recommendations on youth
recreation, these two cities put particular emphasis on
tlx, issue. In 1993. Corpus Christi developed a citywide
youth sports network to coordinate youth activities. In the
same year: San Antonio increased city funding for ycdth
r2creation by $10 million, as part of a comprehensive youth
crime strategy which balances enforcement with prevention and intervention. Juvenile crime has since declined
noticeably in both cities.
Contact Information
recreation activities. The prol.tram's collaborators include
Director (Attn: Recreation)
Parks and Recreation
PO. Drawer 2217
City of Fort Myers
Fort Myers. Florida 33902
the schools, police. housing agency the Boys & Girls
federal support for Success el'hrough Academic and Recreational Support (STARS), a community recreation center-based program which enrolls thousands of area chil-
dren in academic enrichment projects and organized
Club. and a local sorority. STARS success stories include
the following:
a nearly 50 percent increase in academic performance
among participating students: and
National Parks and Recreation Association
2775 South Quincy Street
Arlington, Virginia 22206
Crime Prevention Programs Targeted at Female Youth
Designing community-based delinquency prevention programs for the unique develi vment al needs of preteen and
adolescent girls will reduce juvenile delinquency school
drop(au. and early pregnancy
Crime Problem Addressed
According to a recent study. 21 percent of high chool girls
reported having been abused, compared with 6 percent of
high school boys. Girls with a history of abuse report doing
poorly in school, are at a higher risk for suicide, and have
weak family support systems. In different communities,
from four to seven times as many young men as women
are involved with guns, but twice as many young women
as men feel threatened by guns. Y( Ring women from communities with violent crime, alcohol or drug abuse. chronic
unemployment, and other quality-of-life problems arc at
high risk f( It victimizati(m. More of these women are becoming pregnant at an early age, dropping out of school
because of poor chronic schm pet-tin-mance or pregnancy
or abusing alcoh()I or illegal drugs. IA a self-esteem, peer
pressure to become sexually active, dating violence, and
low expectations about school performance in families are
major causes of developmental problems among young
girls. Programs tailored to address developmental, socialization, and cultural issues will have the most success in
preventing delinquent behaviors or poor life choices.
among girls will be better prepared to educate the community at-large on effective crime prevention strategies
aimed at reaching female youth. Stereotypes and myths
about male and female sexuality and conduct should also
be addressed when implementing effective progi-ams tar-
Key Components
Signs of Success
Female adult mentors are very important components of
programs serving female youth, who sometimes lack contact with positive female role models from whom they can
learn specific life skills and receive specialized academic
Programs tailored specifically to girls have increased in
number and popularity in recent years. largely out of increased awareness of the growing problems confronting
female youth. Girls. Inc., established in 1945, is the nation's leading authority on girls. Operating a network of
more than 300 centers in 135 cities nationwide, the organization develops and implements research-based programs that help girls build their capacity for economic
independence and responsible adulthood. Their Preventing
Adolescent Pregnancy program offers age-appropriate information for girls ages nine through eighteen, to help
them avoid early sexual activity and pregnancy Friendly
attention. Activities and services that are essential for
healthy fenmle development include the following:
mentoring and tutoring;
skills training in communication, conflict management,
and decision-making;
recreation and other activities to build self-esteem; and
educational information on substance abuse prevention
and self-protection from violence.
Community-based organizations (such as Girl Scouts,
YWCA, and Girls. Inc.) often sponsor such efforts and
unite their resources with area businesswomen, community service clubs, local government, nonprofit social service agencies, and school systems to identify at-risk girls
who need healthy support systems. These groups also
recruit volunteers, offer supplemental resources, and locate experts and materials when requested.
Key Partnerships
Sponsoring organizations usually work in partnership with:
local schools to identify girls who would benefit from
area businesswomen to recruit volunteers as mentors,
tutors, or other types of resource people; and
geted at young females.
Persuasion, a substance abuse prevention program for
girls ages eleven to fourteen, helps girls develop the assertiveness skills they need to avoid substance abuse and
develop strong leadership skills. The older girls use their
knowledge and skills to teach younger children what they
have learned. leen Connections is an adolescent health
program that puts girls in charge of improving health services in their communities.
Applying the Strategy
Just for Girls in Bradenton. Florida. has operated a life
skills, educational support. pregnancy prevention. and
drug abuse education and prevention program in cooperation with local government agencies and community
groups since 1969. Mooring, alternative education, refusal
skills training, cultural awareness, and health education
programs have had remarkable effects. Participating girls
have had no pregnancies. improved their decision-making
skills, and reduced their rate of school dropout. Standardized testing instruments demonstrated that participants
who were in the program for at least four years had increased their self-esteem by 59 percent.
a variety of community partners to publicize the project
and recruit youth participants.
Contact Information
In some hcalities. community service groups assist
these projects by helping with volunteer recruitment and
Just For Gids
920 14th Street \\est
Bradenton, Florida 34205
Execut ive 1)h-co( n-
fundraising drives.
Potential Obstacles
Some communities may not fully understand the particular
developmental needs, pressures, and related issues that
young girls confront as they mature into adolescence and
young adulthood. Community groups that have informaticti
on the risk factors and delinquent behaviors most prevalent
Program Director
Girls. Inc.
30 East 33rd Street
New Y( wk, New liwk 10016-5394
350 Tested Strategies to Prevent Crime
Implement Curfews for Youth
Reinforce social controls on youth by using late evening
curfews to help reduce youth crime and victimization.
Crime Problem Addressed
Delinquent and criminal behavior by youth is at its highest
during evening and late-night hours. It is also during that
time that many youths are victimized by crime, either as
bystanders or in gang-related situations. Juvenile curfews
are local policies that prohibit youth under the age of eigh-
teen from being out on the street during late-night hours
(most often from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.). with few exceptions. Cities throughout the country have turned to
juvenile late-night curfews as a strategy to protect the
community at large, and law-abiding youth in particular,
from juvenile'offenders, many of whom are involved with
gangs. The strategy has had notable impact on juvenile
crime in cities in California, Arizona, and Texas, with many
additional cities expressing interest in such policies since
May 1994, when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Dallas juvenile late-night curfew as constitutional.
Key Components
A local ordinance or policy creating guidelines for the curfew hours, allowable exceptions, and sanctions is the most
Enforcement of curfews generally involves law enforcement apprehension of violators, who are then transported
to a recreation center or police substation to await processing by another officer or volunteer. The youth are only
released into the custody of a parent. First offenses usually result in small fines levied against the offender. Repeat
violations often result in increased tines and community
service for the juvenile and tines levied against the parent.
The cities with the most successful curfew policies also
use the apprehension of the offender as an opportunity to
discern the reasons for the violation (abuse in the home,
gang involvement, substance abuse) and to refer the youth
and the family to government or community-based service
providers that can help address these issues.
Key Partnerships
Design and implementation of a successful juvenile curfew
depends on several partnerships. Local policymakers and
law enforcement must work together to determine whether
a juvenile late-night curfew would be an effective and supported response to violent juvenile crime in that community Second. lawmakers and police are more likely to get
sustained support from youth. parents, and other adults
in the community if they work with comnmnity representatives to design the curfew policy
vital component of a juvenile curfew. since local police
Potential Obstacles
cannot enforce a curfew until it is agreed to by local officials
and the public. The most effective juvenile curfew policies
Constitutional challenge and public opposition are the two
biggest obst:,cles that communities interested in juvenile
curfew policies must confront. The 'constitutional argu-
have been implemented in cities that view curfews as one
tool within a multifaceted local strategy to deal with crime
by and against youth through a blend of prevention. inter-
vention, and enforcement approaches. The prevention
component of the approach should include programs and
activities to support the positive development of youth in
the community and to ensure that youth and their families
have access to services they need. Effective support programs include recreation programs, job banks, youth leadership programs, counseling, and support for parents and
families with emergency needs for employment, housing.
and substance abuse prevention services.
Sonic key issues local governments must consider include establishing provisions to allow "normal" activity.
such as returning home from a job, athletic event, churchsponsored event, or other activity sanctioned by the comnmnity: discussing community norms about late-night activity by youth and about the potential effectiveness of a
curfew: and reinforcing social controls on the youth
through graduated sanctions that clearly hold both the
youth and parents legally accountable. Most cities that
have adopted curfews have found it helpful to review the
May 1991 ,
U.S. Supreme OW decision as a safeguard
against constitutional challenges.
ment claims that curfews are an unfair challenge to the
First Amendment's guaranteed right of assembly Careful
drafting of the document can ensure its constitutionality,
and outreath to the community can foster public support
and result in the creation of a broad-based prevention,
intervention, and enforcement program that combats vio,.
lent crime by and against youth. Public education about
the protection a curfew can afford law-abiding youth will
help build support among youth. who might otherwise view
a curfew as an unfair restriction on their activity.
Signs of Success
In San Antonio, a nighttime curfew on .outh under the age
of seventeen has been credited with reducing nighttime
juvenile arrests by 29 percent and youth victimization by
violent crime during those hours by 85 percent in the first
three years the curfew was implemented. The city, not
relying on a curfew alone, has also set up additional youth
recreation centers, thus providing positive opportunities
)r youth and gaining additi(mal support from the community for the enforcement policy emphasized through the
curfew The success of the curfew policy has led the city
to adopt tougher ordnances targeting truancy, graffiti, and
youth possession of weapons: these ordinances have resulted in further reductions in juvenile crime and arrests.
in 1994. New Orleans' ordinance holds both parents and
juveniles accountable. Other recently established city programs provide youth with opportunities for jobs through
AmeriCorps and the Youth Action Corps. Oklahoma City
Applying the Strategy
and San Jose, California, have experienced similar success
with curfews.
Phoenix, Arizona, implemented a juvenile curfew policy
which has since been adopted in a modified form by numerous other jurisdictions. Supported by 93 percent of the
residents in a recent poll, the curfew was established be-
cause of serious concerns about juvenile, particularly
gang-related, violent crime during late-night hours. Combined with ordinances on juvenile liquor purchases and gun
possession, the policy is credited with a 10-percent reduction in juvenile arrests for violent offenses during the
first year of implementation. The curfew's effectiveness
has since been enhanced by cooperation with the city's
network of recreation centers, which now also serve as
curfew drop-off, assessment, and service referral centers.
Juvenile crime in New Orleans decreased by 38 percent
just sixty days after implementation of a late-night curfew
Contact Information
Patrol Administration
City of Phoenix Police Department
620 West Washington Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85003
Youth Initiatives Nlanager
Office of Youth Initiatives
City of San Antonio
P O. Box 839966
San Antonio, "Ii.-xas 78283-3966
Support Youth Through Intergenerational Programs
Intergenerational programs that partner children with sen-
ior citizens expose youth to senior role models with diverse life experiences and help young people to develop a
more positive self-concept and broader perspective on
their futures.
Crime Problem Addressed
Most children today grow up without contact with an extended family including grandparents or older adults. Families are much smaller than previously, and many lack a
strong adult support system. Children who grow up without positive adult role models have a limited sense of self
and a narrow world view. They are more likely to get
involved in delinquent behavior as they mature because
they lack adult attention and understanding. This strategy
attempts to address the general family and community
issue of positive adult support, which all children need in
order to grow into healthy and positive adults.
Key Components
This strategy creates opportunities for N.outh and older
adults to interact in positive recreational opportunities.
social events, or one-on-one mentoring and friendship situations. These activities are often organized by schools.
local community centers, recreation centers, or churches.
Sponsoring organizations often have extensive membership networks through which they can recruit older adult
volunteers to match with interested youth. Some recrea-
tion centers organize intergenerational social and recrea-
tion activities to expose each age group to the other's
experiences and break down barriers of misperceptions
and understandings that may exist. Church-related and
community-based programs may be designed explicitly to
provide at-risk youth with surrogate grandparent role
models who can provide the support and guidance formerly
found in the traditional extended family. The church-based
programs are particularly common in African-American
communities, where traditions of extended family and
community support for children are deeply rooted.
Key Partnerships
"Ii) ensure adult volunteer participation and outreach to
youth and families in need, partnerships must exist between sponsoring organizations and the community. Spon-
sor organizations from the community often work with
local recreation agencies to organize special events or
provide space for senior citizens and children to interact
through games, homework support. or other activities.
Potential Obstacles
Both children and older adults often have distorted notions
about what people in the other age group are like, their
activities and their interests. Programs using this strategy
need to make a ct incerted effiirt to reach out to both
groups to demonstrate the positive benefits that can come
from increased contact with individuals from different generations with varied experiences.
350 lested Strategies to Prevent Crime
Signs of Success
Applying the Strategy
In Dade County. Flofida, the Youth and Elderly Against
Crime project is bridging the gap between at-risk youth
and older adults. Operating in nine Dade County public
schools in high-risk areas, the program brings together
Grandfriends of Minneapolis, Minnesota. is operated by
the Retired Senior Volunteer Program in that region and
supported by the county. which started the program as a
youth and older adults to identify and solve common problems in the community. create a safer environment, and
stimulate positive interactions between the elderly and at-
port and attention. Grandfriends volunteers spend time
with children under six years old who go to day-care centers or live in group homes. They read with the children,
play games, or help them with simple tasks. Established
in 1983. Grandfriends believes that the relationships the
children have built with the seniors enhance their selfesteem, social skills, and feelings of responsibility Grandfriends volunteers say that they get as much benefit from
risk youth. Approximately 1.000 students participate in
the program with support and assistance from law enforcement agencies, teachers, and administrators.
The Center for Intergenerational Learning at Temple
University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, serves as a national resource center and information clearinghouse for
intergenerational programs. The center, established in
1980, develops and initiates numerous community- and
school-based programs targeted at strengthening ties and
breaking down barriers between youth and older adults.
Their programs include the following:
way of connecting young children with additional adult sup-
the program as the children. Foster grandparent programs
and church-sponsored senior mentor programs are increasingly popular throughout the country as volunteer
projects, especially among American Association of Retired Persons and other national senior programs.
Contact Information
Learning Retreats, an annual five-day residential retreat that brings together seventy-five persons, ages 14
to 100, to encourage open dialogue across the ages;
Linking Lifetimes, a multisite research and demonstration project that connects senior mentors to at-risk middleschool children and young offenders: and
Urban Initiatives, a program designed to help community organizations, churches, and schools in north Philadelphia develop intergenerational programs and engage
students in service-learning projects that benefit the entire
Grandfriends Coordinator
Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Greater
2021 East Hennepin Avenue, Suite 130
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413-2723
Progam Developer
Center for Intergenerational Learning
Temple University
1601 North Broad Street. Room 206
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122
Community-Based Programs for Runaway and Homeless Youth
Community-based programs provide residential, counseling, or service referral to runaway and homeless youth to
help them regain the stability and support needed to main-
substance abuse, their own or a parent's: and
related family-management problems.
physical, emotional, or sexual abuse:
Negative experiences in the home and school are reportedly the primary reason that 75 percent of the youth
give for running away. Once away from even a modestly
stable home life. youth on their own are at increased risk
of victimization by crime and involvement in criminal behavior such as prostitution, robbery, gang violence, and
substance abuse. Often, the crimes are conunitted as a
means to gain money for survival. Drugs become an anesthetic to dull '11e impact of the perilous existence that
frequently accompanies life on the street for a teenager.
Community-based runaway youth services programs are
vital support systems for youth who need help in securing
behavioral problems or p(mr school performance:
a safe living environment or, in scnne cases, in uniting with
their families.
tain a lifestyle free of delinquent behavior, substance
abuse. poor school performance, and violence.
Crime Problem Addressed
Each year an estimated 800,000 youth ten to seventeen
years old run away from home or end up living on the
streets. They do so for a variety of reasons, including:
family conflict and alienation:
Key Components
These programs are often administered by long-standing
community-based organizations that offer a comprehensive range of services, including emergency shelter, clothing, food, social service and other referrals, counseling.
health care, financial assistance, drug prevention awareness and education. AIDS prevention awareness and education, and help in reconciling the youth with their parent
if appropriate or desired by the youth. Counselors who
earn the trust of these youth can work effectively with
them to identify their immediate and long-term needs for
assistance: these counselors provide the cohesion for
these programs, ensure that the services are meeting an
individual youth's needs, and become a caring adult to
whom the youth can turn for help.
Key Partnerships
Sponsoring agencies are most effective in their efforts
when they work with local social service providers in linking youth with the assistance they need. in addition, most
programs establish links with other service providers.
government agencies. and community organizations for
financial resources, facilities, and other program support.
A variety of community service organizations provide volunteer assistance to these programs and recruit adult and
peer helpers through membership networks.
Potential Obstacles
Effective delivery of such comprehensive services on an
emergency and extended basis requires extensive staff and
volunteer personnel, as well as the resources necessary
to support them. Many community-based programs must
sponsor ongoing fundraising drives and publicity campaigis to garner the support needed to keep their program
operating effectively Publicity is also vital to ensure that
youth in need of the program's services are aware that it
exists. Local public relations and advertising firms are
often willing to donate professional services and advertis-
ing space as part of their commitment to the local cornmunit
Signs of Success
The Sasha Bruce Youthwork organization in Mishington,
DC, an established local organization, operates several
facilities for at-risk youth, including the city's only emergency shelter for runaway and homeless youth. In addition.
the organization operates one home for teenage mothers
and two long-term residential facilities for chronically
homeless runaway youth where residents are required to
go to school and contribute. Forty counselors and WO
volunteers help these youth secure apartments, jobs, and
legal advice; they also provide individual and family counseling on life skills, drug abuse awareness, and AIDS prevention. Contact with the youth continues through counseling after they have left the facilities. The organization
reports that 95 percent of the youth it helps attain more
stable lives, with more than 75 percent returning home
and 20 percent entering out-of-home placements. such as
foster care.
Applying the Strategy
Aunt Martha's Youth Services (AMYS), a multiservice
organization, provides a range of services to youth and
families through a network of forty-eight programs located
throughout communities south and west of Chicago. Illinois. In addition to crisis intervention and emergency assistance to families, diversion programs for youth at risk.
and recreation programs. AMYS supports a network of
private and group homes for runaway youth. A long-stand-
ing organization that is respected by the community the
program involves youth on its board, including them in
project design.
The Family and Youth Service Bureau (FYSB) of the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services administers a number of programs targeted at rescuing runaway
and homeless youth. The Basic Center Project funds 350
centers in communities across the country centers designed to provide safe havens for thousands of runaway
and homeless youth. Basic Centers offer support to agencies that provide crisis intervention services to runaway
and homeless youth with a primary goal of reuniting them
with their families or arranging for other suitable placements.
FYSB's Transitional Living Program for Ilomeless
Youth helps homeless youth. ages sixteen through twentyone, make a successful transition to self-sufficient living
and avoid long-term dependency on social services or entanglement in the judicial system. This program addresses
the reality that many youth flee their homes because of
physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and that they often
need long-term, supportive assistance that emergency
shelters are not designed to provide. 'lb date, eighty-six
such projects are operating across the country
Contact Information
Directo: of Public Relations
Aunt Martha's Youth Services
4343 Lincoln Highway Suite 34(1
Matteson, Illin is NI 143
350 7ested Strategies to Prevent Crime
College Students as Volunteer Resources and Role Models
Potential Obstacles
College studentswith their interests, perspectives, and
experiencesare valuable volunteer resources and role
Colleges and universities have, by definition, transient
populations. so volunteer-supported programs that rely
models for programs serving younger people.
exclusively on them may suffer from turnover as the year
progresses and class schedules and other commitments
vary in intensity Programs can overcome some of these
drawbacks by building opportunities for the youth and stu-
Crime Problem Addressed
In many communities, urban and suburban, children and
youth are not well supervised by parents, who work long
hours or for other reasons spend little time guiding their
children. A variety of community-based recreation, afterschool day-care, and other projects attempt to fill that gap
and provide consistent support to children and youth.
These programs offer supervised recreation and sports
instruction, homework assistance, and education on drug
and alcohol abuse, crime prevention, and self-protection.
College and university students are valuable resources for
these programs because they have flexible schedules and
because they have interests and perspectives in common
with youth, making it easy for at-risk youth to relate to
Key Components
College-age volunteer participation in programs may not
correlate directly with a reduction in criminal or delinquent
behavior by youth. However, the qualities possessed by
college volunteers and role models provide a positive and
rewarding atmosphere for youth participants. Many colleges and universities operate their own community-ser-
vices projects, harnessing their students' energies and
talents on behalf of at-risk youth, families, the elderl y. the
environment, and special populations, such as the physically challenged or refugees. In many instances, the students become involved through an internship, course requirement, or career-related interest, bringing specialized
knowledge of the topic or service the program offers. Oncampus community service clubs, fraternities and sororities, and athletic teams often coordinate special youth and
community projects with their members and provide resources, such as sports fields. gyms, and concert halls.
Key Partnerships
Many universities have a student volunteer group, (Alice,
or coordinating council that keeps in contact with local
youth agencies and community organizations, seeking op-
portunities to provide ongoing program support or staff
for special events. Community organizations often pay
particular attention to recruiting college-age volunteers,
knowing how well youth respond to their guidance and
oppirtunities to develop relationships with surrogate okkr
dents to develop relationships over time, making each
more likely to remain active as program participants.
Signs of Success
The Campus Opportunity Outreach League (COOL) is a
national organization dedicated to promoting university
student involvement in community action. Through its
newsletter, resource book, workshops, and technical assistance, it has provided guidance to countless universities
on how to spur student involvement in community service
projects, including those tailored to serving at-risk youth
and promoting crime prevention. The COOL National Con-
ference on Student Community Services brings together
more than 2,000 college student leaders who are active in
community service from across the country each year. In
addition. COOL hosts an annual National Leadership Sum-
mit where 100 student leaders from coast-to-coast meet
for live days to focus on a theme that will have an impact
on COOL as an organization, as well as on its constituency
Applying the Strategy
University of Washington students have volunteered at a
local YMCA. tutoring, mentoring, and coaching youth who
would otherwise have been at home unsupervised while
their parents worked. University of Illinois students supervise, tutor, and share snacks with troubled youth from
broken families in the area. They run a Big Brother-Big
Sister program and treat the youth to dinners and discus-
sions with students from different countries. Students
from DePauw University in Indiana provide vital support
to professional staff of the local Head Start Program, lending their assistance to wing children developing basic language and social skills in preparation for starting school.
Their volunteer contributions are counted among supports
for the program as grant funding proposals are developed.
Contact Information
Campus Opp( irtunity Outreach League
1511 K Street, NW, Suite #307
Washington. DC 20005
Counseling for Divorcing Parents
Counseling divorcing couples minimizes the traumatic impact of the situation on children and improves relationships
among family menthers.
curriculum evaluations that request feedback from adult
participants. Parents who feel the program has benefited
them can become powerful advocates for its continued
use, even becoming informal recruiters for parent participants in communities where the program is voluntary
Crime Problem Addressed
A family management issue such as prolonged and unresolved conflict among family members is a risk factor for
juvenile delinquency and substance abuse, especially
among children from divorced families, and particularly in
families where domestic abuse occurs. Psychologists cited
in a 1987 Psychology Thday article stated that children of
divorced parents sufff:( from loss of self-esteem and initiative. often resulting in poor school performance and difficult peer relationships. Furthermore. Louis Sullivan, for-
mer Secretary of Health and Human Services, said in a
1992 speech before the Council on Families in America.
that "fatherlessness is the greatest issue of our era. Approximately 70 percent of juveniles in long-term correctional facilities did not live with their fathers while growing
up." According to research conducted by Judith Wallerstein, author of Second Chances, children who don't have
regular contact with their fathers are five times more likely
to be held back a grade in school: three times more likely
not to graduate: five times more likely to be involved in
juvenile delinquency: and three times more likely to be
under the care of a psychologist. This strategy aims to
accomplish two goals: minimize the often intense conflict
between divorcing parents and maintain contact between
both parents and the children.
Key Components
Programs that utilize this strategy often include a series
of workshops or courses for parents to make them seiitive to the impact of divorce on children when family conflicts are not managed and when contact between parents
and children is hostile or infrequent. Courses highlight
strategies to help parents and children learn conflict management, to settle custody disputes fairly, and to help children cope with changes in the family structure and rou-
tine. An effective program must encourage ongoing
contact and support by both parents, in particular the
fathers, as well as counseling for children on dealing effectively with the absence of a parent.
Key Partnerships
Design and delivery of this type of program requires the
participation and cooperation of representatives of the
court, legal specialists in family law and social services
or child advocacy professionals. Successful implementation
of the strategy is enhanced through connections to community-based organizations serving families and program
Potential Obstacles
Thluntary programs may suffer if parents refuse to participate. Judges and family law specialists can help solve this
problem by emphasizing use of the curriculum by family
court litigants and by publicizing the program through their
professional and personal networks. Programs that collect
anecdotal or other comments on the value of the curriculum and include them in promotional materials will have a
better chance of increasing the number of participants.
Signs of Success
Local and circuit courts that hear family cases are increasingly turning to parental counseling and education to ensure that divorcing parents remain mindful of the impact
of divorce on children. Utah and Connecticut courts require all divorcing parents to attend parenting classes.
Seventy-five percent of participating parents in Utah said
the program should continue to be mandatory and 90 percent rated it as worthwhile.
The Circuit Court of Cook County Illinois, operates a
lecture, videotape, and interactive discussion for divorcing
parents on the impact of divorce on children. Focus on
Children emphasizes skills and strategies that parents can
use to avoid disputes with each other and to help the child
cope with the divorce. Focus on Children is not a mandatory program, but many parents participate on the advice
of their lawyer or a directive from the judge. Recognizing
that some children experience the effects of divorce well
past the time of court proceedings. Cook County officials
are designing a system to track and follow up on participating families.
Applying the Strategy
Recognizing the need to intervene with at-risk families to
prevent divorce trauma and domestic violence. Corpus
Christi, Texas, has implemented court-ordered parental
education classes for all divorcing parents seeking custody
or visitation rights. The day-long Children Cope with Divorce curriculum, first implemented in 1993, helps parents
to develop coping skills that will minimize the trauma suf-
fered by the children in the family he local family law
association and family court judges worked together to
design. publicize, and implement this successful program.
All of the parents who took the course in 1994 (over 4010
rated it very fav( wably Local officials also established a
Supervised Parent Visitation Center, essentially a neutral
350 Tested Strategies to Prevent Crime
location where parents who cannot maintain amie_able con-
tact can drop off the child for pickup by the other parent.
Volunteers trained in conflict management mediate between parents when necessary and chaperon controlled
visitation situations. The two programs are part of a comprehensive citywide strategy to prevent crime, including
violent crime within families.
The Non-Custodial Parents of Nebraska (NCPN) programa coalition of parents, step-parents, grandparents,
extended family members, and friends of children after
divorce or separationprovides support, education, information. research, monthly meetings, and workshops
supporting the fundamental right Of children to responsible
parenting. According to statistics. 90 percent of children
live with theik maternal parent after divorce or separation.
NCPN, founded in 19N, encourages mediation and more
participation and suppe:t by fathers to promote the welfare
and health of the child of a broken marriage. In 1993, the
state of Nebraska spent nearly $24 million for its foster
care program: increased -fathering encouragement" by
the state has contributed to lessening this tax burden.
Contact Information
Ii)cus on Children
28 North Clark Street, Suite (j0()
Chicago. Illinois 60602
Children's Rights Council NEIA, Inc.
P a Box 37387
Omaha. Nebraska 68137-5387
Peer-to-Peer Instruction
Providing young people with opportunities to help instruct
younger children or their peers enhances the effectiveness
of programs that aim to give children specific information
and skills about substance abuse, violence, or victimiza-
tion prevention. Furthermore, youth involved as peer
teachers have their own self-esteem reinforced.
Crime Problem Addressed
Youth give many reasons for dropping out of structured
learning environments: low self-esteem, personal problems, boredom. inabilit to communicate, and isolation,
among others. These issues must be addressed if community youth-focused programs are to be effective. A
program's impact is enhanced when the message is expressed by someone to whom the child or youth can readily
relate, particularly a peer who they know faces the same
pressures and challenges in school and the community.
Youthful presenters who convey messages as tutors or
within entertaining formats such as skits, songs, dances.
or puppet shows make learning potentially frightening facts
fun and ensure that the knowledge is remembered. Pro-
dren in the audience and adequate training for the youth
who deliver the message. The youth presenters must both
understand the material (e.g., facts about drugs or violence and their impact on children) and know how to interact with younger children or their peers: their interactions
streogthen and reinforce the positive messages.
iouth who work with their peers or adults in communitybased settings must also be familiar with the appropriate
mat,Tials and learn conflict management and communication skills, thus enhancing their ability to work effectively
and develop useful skills. This strategy has been used in
schools, where older youth present antidrug or safety skits
to elementary children: in community organizations. which
have trained youth to work as outreach counselors with
their troubled peers: and in community tutoring programs,
where older youth help children in lower grades with homework while presenting themselves as positive and supportive role models.
Key Partnerships
Key Component s
Schools and community-based service or youth groups
work together to recruit youth participants, including
those considered to he at risk of dropping out or getting
involved in violence or substance abuse. As the site for
performance or tutoring programs, schools also help by
working with youth to identify the strategies or issues
where their help would be most useful and by providing
the younger students who attend the programs or who
need tutoring assistance. Community-based programs
serving at-risk youth play a vital role, as they train outh
as community workers or peer educators, connecting the
The programs success depends on the (IL ;e:;1)nient of
talents of those youth to school or other local government-
educational material appropriate IOr the age group of chil-
sponsored projects where their assistance is needed.
grams that utilize this strategy also enhance the selfesteem of the youth presenters, helping them to understand their role in and value to the community Furthermore, the act of presenting or performing the educational
material in an entertaining way reinforces the concepts of
a drug-free or violence-free lifestyle.
Potential Obstacles
Community or school-based programs using this strategy
may encounter some opposition to the idea of using at-risk
youth to teach their peers or younger students. This resistance can be overcome through concerted efforts when
the youth are properly supervised and trained and when
the long-term, positive effects of such participation on the
at-risk youth leaders and participants are demonstrated.
Other problems might include the at-risk youth diverting
attention away from other important activities, such as
their own school work. This issue can be resolved through
a network of educators and trainers working together.
Signs of Success
The Intercultural Development Research Association developed the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program, a crossaged tutoring program that has affected the lives of more
than 1.000 secondary students and 3,000 elementary
school students in fifty-two secondary and elementary
schools nationwide. The program focuses on turning the
perceived liabilities of the at-risk youth into strengths and
on reinforcing their self-worth and value. Involving at-risk
students between the ages of twelve and seventeen. the
program provides tutoring to younger children in the local
school system. Its philosophy is based on learning. vpluing,
contributing, participating, excelling, involving, and supporting.
The students who participate as tutors and mentors
have increased their own school performance, sharpened
their communication skills, and improved their self-esteem. Only 1 percent of tutors (8 out of 747) dropped out
of school from 1993 to 1994. Over 11 years, the findings
have been consistent: The dropout rate remains below 2
school, grades, achievement test scores, attendance, and
discipline have all improved. The program is a nationally
recognized model for dropout prevention, with waiting
lists at every program site.
Applying the Strategy
The Neighborhood House of North Richmond. California,
is the lead agency for a comprehensive community assis-
tance program in that region. Neighborhood House was
formed in 1956 and has been serving families and neighborhoods in Contra Costa County ever since. It has recently teamed with two other leading conmiunity institutions to formulate a program of additional services for the
community. Included among them is a speaker's bureau of
at-risk high school students who are trained to talk with
younger students about drug abuse and gang prevention.
The project is supported by The California Wellness Foundation.
The Real Alternatives Program agency in San Francisco's Mission District plans to train fifty youth as a "Peace
Posse- of community violence prevention activists. The
Macon (Georgia) Housing Authority and the State of Geor-
gia have certified at-risk teens as community workers to
present workshops to other youth on substance abuse and
teenage pregnancy prevention. The nthority considers
the Students Taking a Right Stand program one of its most
successful local crime prevention projects.
Contact Inforraation
Coca-Cola kbiued Youth Program
5835 Ca!Iaghan Road. Suite 350
San Antonio. 'Ixas 78228
?10-684 -8180
percent, and participants self-esteem, attitudes toward
Crime Prevention Techniques for Young Children
Teaching young children basic crime prevention and selfprotection techniques helps to keep them from being victimized by crime.
Crime Problem Addressed
Each year nearly three million children are reported
abused in the linited State. and millions more incidents go
unreported. Four cNklren die every day due to physical
abuse by adults: more than 80 percent of abusers are a
parent or someone tse to a dal. One in three girls and
one in five boys are sexually abused by an adult at mink.
time during childhocd one in thirteen children with a par-
ent on drugs is physically abused, usually by the parent.
Other statistics report that 84 percent of criminals were
abused children.
Children are our most innocent victims, and without
proper training and education they are our most vulnerable. This strategy aims to empower children with skills to
make decisions and take actions that can protect them
film) victimization by physical or sexual abuse, abduction,
bullying, or theft of personal belongings. It is particularly
effective when delivered Ow( aigh age-appritpriate educati( null materials or interactive teaching meth kls that help
reinf(trce the messages of self-pn gection and preventive
350 7ested Strategies to Prevent Crime
Key Components
As noted, age-appropriate educational materials and tech-
niques are vital to programs using this strategy Simple
and interactive techniques to convey key messages work
best with younger children, while older children are able
to learn through more complex techniques including group
discussions and role playing. Teachers, day-care provid-
ers, and others who work with children must be trained
by law enforcement officers or other specialists to ensure
that they present appropriate information in ways most
likely to reach the targeted age group without frightening
the youth.
Some programs are implemented in schools or day-care
centers by law enforcement officers and community orga-
nizations that serve youth. School systems often have
counselors on hand following discussions of physical and
sexual abuse, since this is a common time for children to
disclose their victimization. Basic crime prevention and
safety presentations by law enforcement officers and medical and fire emergency specialists create positive images
of authority figures and teach small children about crime
prevention and what to do in case of emergency
Key Partnerships
Successful application of this strategy requires cooperation and partnership between the service provider (schoolsponsored projgram, law enforcement, or community program), the teacher, and a parent or guardian. "lit ensure
that the students are adequately prepared. it is important
that the teacher is trained in making the presentation and
responding appropriately and accurately to questions
raised by young children. In addition, schools and police
must work together to respond effectively when children
report a crime.
Potential Obstacles
School officials may be concerned about how to handle
reactions of children who have been presented with information on child abuse or abduction prevention. Police and
school personnel can overcome this obstacle by working
together and with parents to design a follow-up system for
children's questions and crime reports: they must also
ensure that the material presented is age-appropriate. The
program !mist anticipate the potential legal issues and involvement by child protective and welfare agencies that
may occur as a result of a report of child abuse or abduction.
Signs of Success
Thousands of schools and local law enforcement agencies
have used child victimization and crime prevention inftwmation prepared by the National Crime Prevention Council
and featuring Mc Gruff the Crime Dog to educate young
children. This material deals with inappropriate touching
behavior: how to report a crime; and how to register bicycles with police so that they can be recovered if they
are stolen. Law enforcement officers dressed as the
Mc Gruff character visit local schools, accompanied by an
officer who presents the crime prevention information. In
one Connecticut school, a five-year-old disclosed her sexual abuse to Mc Gruff, providing more than sufficient evi-
dence against the offender. This precluded the need for
her testimony in court and saved thousands of dollars that
would otherwise have been spent on a trial.
Housewise/Streetwisestarted in 1982 by community
volunteers in Greenville, South Carolinais a child abuse
victimization prevention program that works with the
school system to provide educational programming for
young children. The curriculum has helped over 65,000
Greetwille third graders protect themselves and relinquish
fear of disclosing sexual and physical abuse. Hundreds of
children have reportedly disclosed abuse since the program began.
Applying the Strategy
Police. community and local business leaders in Binghamton. New York, have set up a successful Stranger
Danger and Child Molestation Prevention Program for
physically and mentally challenged children and youth con-
sidered at special risk of victimization by such crimes.
Hundreds of children and mentally challenged young adults
have been empowered to feel more confident about their
self-protection skills, and they now feel less vulnerable.
Trained volunteers in Houston. 'texas. provide school
childrenfrom kindergarten through high schoolwith
information on physical and sexual abuse, suicide preven-
tion. and victimization prevention. The programWe
Help Ourselvesis supported by the state, the local
school district, and the regional United Way Evaluations
have deemed the program to be successful. Children report that they feel safer and more confident about what to
do. and tests on very young students revealed they retained vital information from the hour-long presentation
months after it was given.
Contact Information
WHO Project Director
2211 Norfolk Street, Suite 810
Houston, Texas 77098
Office of the 13th Circuit Solicitor
Victim Witness Assistance Program
Courthouse Annex
Suite 113
Greenville. South Carolina 29601
Values-Based Curricula
Children benefit from curricula that help them develop
values supportive of socially constructive behavior, includ-
ing respect for others, fairness, honesty, and the responsibilities of individuals as members of a community.
Crime Problem Addressed
Educators and the public often express concern that children no longer learn values in school, that schools do not
reinforce community values and that they do not teach
children how to apply values in their relationships and daily
life. The Search Institute study Healtly Communities.
Healthy }birth focuses on what it terms "community
strengths"attributes that help reduce the likelihood of
delinquent behavior. These strengths include motivated
students with involved parents, structured religious activity encouragement of prosocial behavior, responsible values reinforced in peer groups, and strong and supportive
families. The study observes that "when we look at the
strengths together, we find that few are reported as the
norm. If these strengths do, indeed, contribute to community health by reducing at-risk behaviors, it becomes
critical for communities to concentrate on building them.-
Key Components
Most school curricula addressing this issue use a set of
stories, discussions, classroom activities, and homework
assignments to project basic societal values, including
courage, conviction, justice, tolerance for social and cultural diversity, loyalty, optimism, and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. The curricula materials are
developed across the spectrum of age levels, using a variety of teaching methods and subjects for the different
age groups. The messages are straightforward and become clear to the students through practice with their
peers and reinforcement by adults in family and school
The school-based curricula are sometimes reinforced
through codes of conduct espoused in youth groups such
as Boys & Girls Clubs, community service organizations,
and religious institutions. The amount of training needed
to deliver the material varies according to its complexity.
Most school programs for children are fairly simple in
nature and can be implemented without spending significant time on formal training sessions. School-based curricula ar most effective when the values they promote
are reflected in policies governing interactions among students, staff :Ind school personnel.
Key Partnerships
A schoo: seeking to implement a values or character education curricula in the community should work with par-
ents and other community members to review available
curricula and determine which would best reinforce community values. Religious institutions, community youth
groups, and the youth themselves should also be consulted. When values are conveyed through youth clubs or
community service groups (e.g., Boy Scouts and Girl
Scouts), the implication is that parents steer youths toward involvement in the groups, communities support the
groups activities, and youths agree to uphold the standards set by the group.
Potential Obstacles
Parents of public school children will have a variety of ideas
about what the value and character curricula should contain and how the material should be conveyed. Communities can usually overcome this challenge by including parents and community members in the choice of curricula
or related policies.
Signs of Success
The Heartwood Ethics Curriculum program for elementary school children was developed in l9,5 by an attorney
who had worked with juveniles and three elementary
school teachers. This program was originally piloted in
several Pittsburgh elementary schools: it is now used
throughout that city as well in twelve other states and two
foreign countries. The program, for kindergarten to sixthgrade students, focuses on improving the students' understanding of seven core values vital to positive development
and involvement in society: courage, loyalty, justice, respect. optimism, honesty, and love. Teachers use classic
stories from different cultures to highlight one or more of
the values and prompt discussion and application of those
values among students. Evaluations document improved
student knowledge and application of the core values and
more open and tolerant classroom environments. Teachers
believe th program provides a constructive strategy for
fos,ering s.idents' values and demonstrating their place in
-daily life.
Applying the Strategy
The Character Education Program of the Thomas Jefferson Research Center in Pasadena, California. is a widely
used and well-evaluated curriculum on values and the con-
structive use of personal talents for the benefit of the
community. Schools that have used the program report
benefits including increased community support for the
school, better student attendance, fewer discipline pr(iblems in classrooms, reduced incidents of crime and vandalism by or against students, and lower rates of student
use of alcohol and illegal drugs.
350 Tested Strategies to Prevent Crime
In Dayton, Ohio, public schools have established a com-
prehensive character education program. Elementarylevel teachers present one values-related topic per week
followed by student discussions, performances. and publication of the issue within the school. Since the introduction
of the program, suspensions have dropped dramatically
academic performance has improved, students say they
feel safer, and teachers report that their school has more
of a family atmosphere. In addition. the Allen School,
where the program began, now ranks fifth in test scores
out of the thirty-three Dayton elementary schools, up from
twenty-eighth place before the program was implemented.
Contact Information
The Heartwood Institute
425 North Craige Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
Allen Classical Traditional Academy
132 Alaska Street
Dayton, Ohio 45404
Safe Haven Facilities
Secured locations and zones free of drugs, violence, and
gtins encourage youth to use recreational and social facil-
cial signs warn potential violators of increased penalties
for criminal offenses committed within those zones.
ities that provide an array of services to support their
Key Partnerships
development. Such "safe haven- facilities and zones protect youth while discouraging potential offenders.
This strategy is based on a partnership between the youth
organization and the city agency with the authority to pass
Crime Problem Addressed
The 1992 violent crime rate for youth ages twelve to fifteen
was the highest ever reported in the United States. Large
cities have the highest per capita crime rates, but violent
crimes, including those committed by and against youth.
occur in every type of community Approximately 30 percent of crimes against youth ages twelve to nineteen take
place in the street, and 14 percent occur near home. African-American youth from large urban areas are particularly at risk: African-American males between the ages
of twelve and twenty-four are fourteen times more likely
to be murdered than other Americans. Some of these
crimes are committed near facilities where the youth engage in recreational, sports, or educational activities. Enhancing security at such facilities helps ensure that the
programs are available to youth and that the positive activities hosted there are perceived as safe.
Key Components
Facilities and organizations that use this strategy generally
offer an array of structured recreational, social, sports.
ordinances designating locations as safe haven zones.
Community-based organizations or local agencies that operate such facilities or control enforcement of secure zones
work in partnership with schools and local institutions to
ensure that activities respond to the needs and interests
of youth and that security measures are well publicized.
Potential Obstacles
Thuths may have concerns about safety en route to the
secured facility. The local recreation club located in a
crime-plagued neighborhood in one southern city is underused because many children and parents fear the risks
associated with travel to the facility Some communities
have addressed this concern by organizing escorts or
"walking buddies.- adult s who volunteer to chaperon
groups of children walking to activities at local recreation
centers. Communities that pursue defined drug-free and
weapon-free zones around schools must balance police
assignments to enforcement duties with ongoing prevention projects of the department.
Signs of Success
and educational programs to youth in an environment that
is protected by security personnel or police in combination
with secure facility design such as restricted access. The
facilities themselves are often community-based recrea-
Increasingly schools with after-school and evening activities are following the lead of recreation centers and clubs
by employing school or security personnel to keep the sites
tion centers run by the local government, charitable or-
duties of existing school security personiwl.
Boys & Girls Clubs and facilities that offer similar
services, safer facilities mean impn wed youth access to
needed recreational activities. SNIART Moves, a proven
Boys & Girls Club-spons( wed drug and alcohol prevention
ganizations, or Boys & Girls Clubs: the centers are staffed
by employees and community volunteers. In addition to
securing these kinds of facilities, localities are increasingly
adopting ordinances that specify zones around recreation
centers and schools as drug-free and violence-free. Spe-
safe. In some cases, this means extending the hours or
pnignim. is an example of the vital poigramming these
sites offer. A 1991 evaluation by a team of outside researchers found that "the influence of Boys & Girls Clubs
is manifest in their [youth in public housing! involvement
in healthy and constructive activities. Relative to their
counterparts who do not have access to a Club. these
loyalty resulted from the facility's record as a secure and
trusted site where neighborhood youth have the opportunity to engage in positive activities.
The Neighborhood Service Tham partnership of a Garland, lexas, agency works with the local school district to
youth are less involved in unhealthy, deviant. and dangerous activities." According to the studt; communities that
oversee a "zero-tolerance" zone around an elementary
had a club used by area youth experienced 13 Nrcent
established, major crime incidents in the area have de-
fewer juvenile crimes.
Applying the Strategy
Contact Information
The Challenger Boys & Girls Club in Los Angeles typifies
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
1230 West Peachtree Street. N. W
Atlanta, Georgia 30309-344794
the value area residents place on this kind of secure recreational facility. During the riots in 1992, community
members actively guarded the building, protecting it while
many nearby buildings were damaged or destroyed. This
school and nearby apartment building. Since the zone was
Youth Advisory Boards
lishing the youth advisory panel. The panels are most often
Youth advisory boards provide valuable input into local
agency policy helping to ensure policies are responsive to
the needs and concerns of the youth population.
established in response to disturbances in local government-youth relations and are designed to permit youth
participation in agency decisions and to improve youthagency relations. Schools or other sponsoring agencies
Crime Problem Addressed
may need to provide youth with training in developing and
Muth served by crime, violence, and substance abuse
prevention programs and youth who have come into contact with law enforcement often complain that adults never
Potential Obstacles
ask them what they need, what would work with their
peers, or how they perceive services or agencies. Muth
policies created without regard to constituent opinion may
be less effective and efficient in reaching their target audience.
Key Components
'lb address this problem, youth shoukl provide input on
policymaking and program design through membership on
existing advisory boards or on a separate youth advisory
council for local schools, law enforcement agencies, public
housing a u t horit ies, comm u n it y-ba sed foundat ions, or
health services agencies. Muth boards do not have formal
policymaking power, but they provide necessary input on
agency or school policy that affects them. Such youth advisors have participated in developing school and commu-
nity-based drug and alcolsil treatment programs, school
violence prevention strategies, and gang prevention IIid
intervention projects.
Key Partnerships
The most vital partnership for this type of program exists
between the young people and the local policy body estab-
implementing policy to ensure the success of this ap-
'Muth may be initially reluctant to participate, feeling that
the board is more "lip service" than a real response to
their legitimate concerns about the nature and quality of
agency policy. A pattern of active attention and response
to concerns will help address this issue and will likely
result in competition among the youth for board participation. Council legitimacy and effectiveness are also enhanced if the youth participants represent the gender, ethnic, cultural, and economic composition of the communit:
Signs of Success
The New linen, Connecticut. police chief was concerned
about police-community relations when he joined the force
in 1991. The antagonistic relationship between police and
youth and the high rate of youth crime and drug abuse in
the city were of particular concern. In response, he increased efforts to implement community policing through-
out the city and established the Board of \bung Adult
Pcilice Commissioners (YAPC
The goals of the YAPC include increasing the youth
stake in community policing, providing citizenship mentor-
ing for youth, and empowering young people to seek so-
lutions to the issues that concern them. Although the
350 7ested Strategies to Prevent Crime
to appoint a youth member. The board has become a
coming school year. In addition, the program trains youth
participants and adults in group dynamics, cultural sensitivit; team building, and leading group activities.
Since its beginning in 1987, the program has expanded
to include a network of university students active in prevention projects on their campuses. The conference will
soon publish a manual to help other communities that wish
national model for inclusion of youth and youth leadership
in local law enforcement policymaking.
to design similar programs. Evaluation feedback from
youth participants documents that the program has en-
YAPC has no formal policymaking authority, it has become
a vital link between local law enforcement and youth in the
community. Since its establishment, YAPC has lobbied
successfully to increat-e the capacity of residential dnig
treatment programs for youth, evaluated over 100 new
police recruits, and influenced the local board of education
hanced a variety of life skills, improved youth knowledge
Applying the Strategy
State prevention officials and community-based programs
in Kentucky have collaborated to establish the Kentucky
Teen Leadership Conference. The event is an annual statewide conference for youth leaders of school and community
prevention projects and has fostered many ongoing local
prevention projects. In each of the seventeen regions of
the state, a twelve-member council of teens already active
in drug prevention projects gathers to develop local alcohol,
tobacco, and other drug abuse prevention plans for the
about the detrimental effects of alcohol and drugs, expanded participation in healthy activities, and successfully
attracted youth for participation in prevention projects.
Contact Information
Prevention Consultant
The Adanta Regional Prevention Center
PO. Box 3368
Somerset, Kentucky 42564
Surveys of Community and Youth Concerns
Key Partnerships
Surveys are an effective means of identifying community
concerns about risk factors for juvenile delinquency and of
The sponsoring agency will often work with area schools
and youth advisory boards to identify groups of youth or
engaging a broad spectrum of youth in communicating
their concerns about community issues.
neighborhoods that should be surveyed. Collaborating
Crime Problem Addressed
Surveys of youth and adults help localities better understand community perceptions of risk factors for youth involvement in crime. Local governments with limited re-
groups may also develop programmatic responses to concerns that the survey brings to light.
Potential Obstacles
Complex surveys may require more staff and time resources than local agencies or schools can provide. de-
sources must be certain their programs will respond
pending on the type of information solicited. Local groups
effectively to youth problems. Furthermore, by surveying
may wish to hire area universities or private firms with
survey expertise to design and implement surveys. Lack
youth about their use of community services and their
perceptions of needed services, local agencies can better
understand whether existing services need to be redesigned or augmented. Community support for local youth
services is enhanced by using surveys and other means of
program assessment.
of public understanding can also be a barrier to the success
of a survey. The sponsoring agency should explain to the
community why the information is being collected and how
it will be used. Implicit in the success of the survey is the
local agency's commitment to share and act upon the survey results.
Key Components
Signs of Success
Surveys are often conducted by a variety of local groups.
including law enforcement agencies, schools, yciuth service
agencies, crime prevention (7( immissions, and the youth
themselves. Surveys typically aim to elicit comments on
local risk factors, thus helping to define violence prevention
The University of Nebraska surveyed 3,000 state residents, including youth, about risk factors for youth violence. Some of the youth had already had direct experience
with violence. Thirty-five percent of young Nebraskan par-
ticipants in the survey reported that they had been in a
physical fight within the past thirty days, and more than
and enforcement policy or to refine program goals and
design. Surveys are also useful tools for engaging youth in
20 percent reported they had carried a weapon within the
previous month.
discussion and projects focusing on crime and violence
The survey results were presented at public meetings
where local and state policymakers, community groups,
youth, and criminal justice officials came together to de-
and most appreciated aspects of their community The
sign a statewide, comprehensive youth violence prevention
plan which was completed in early 1995. The plan includes
youth input in the development of near-term and long-range
strategies to address the priority risk categories for youth
violence in Nebraska. The priority initiatives include employment opportunities for youth, mentoring projects, par-
community service; one-quarter of the teens wanted to
enting education programs for young parents, youth vio-
results of the survey were Nvry valuable, pointing out that
one-third of students were interested in opportunities for
participate in cultural diversity workshops; and nearly one-
third would participate in peer counseling and support
groups if they were established. Local officials now have
a better understanding of what services the community
wants and believes would be effective in preventing youth
violence and juvenile delinquency.
lence prevention programs, conflict resolution and
mediation training for youth service workers, and dropout
prevention strategies.
Applying the Strategy
In 1992, the Youth Advisory Commission of San Leandro.
California, surveyed 400 area youth to identify their most
important concerns, preferred local activities, allocation of
time, sources of information about issues that affect them,
Contact Information
Joe Jeanette
Office of the U.S. Attorney
7401 Zorinsk! Federal Building
215 North 17th Street
Omaha, Nebraska 438101-1228
Local Coordination of Youth Policy and Programs
Review existing programs to eliminate overlap.
Local government coordination of youth-related agenckts.
policies, and programs helps ensure a continuum of effec-
Recommend how to till gaps in needed programming.
tive and efficient services that promote youth development.
Crime Problem Addressed
Children and youth are victims of nearly two million violent
and other crimes annually. An additional three million chil-
dren are reported as victims of child abuse each year.
More than 270,000 students in a 1993 survey stated that
they had carried a gun to school within the past thirty
days. A 1993 study of American teenagers by the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research revealed that
one-third of eighth-graders and one-half of twelfth-graders
had used an illicit drug. No one local agency or program
can respond to these issues effectively. Coordination of
local youth-related agencies and programs is essential to
ensure that ever-diminishing local government resources
are spent wisely to promote youth development and prevent youth-related crime and victimization.
Key Components
Localities should establish a standing cth trdinating cttuncil,
board. or task ft trce with the folk ming tasks:
Assess the ni 'is and concerns related to chiklren and
Set colunum goals and objectives fin- related programs.
Most local coordinating bodies develop around specific
themes and targets for reducing youth crime and victimization. improving school attendance and performance. decreasing the incidence of teen pregnancy and drug use.
enhancing recreational cpportunities for youth, and improving the physical and emotional health of area children
and youth. Strategies for achieving these broad goals are
based on recognizing the reciprocal relationships among
the family. school, home, and community environments in
shaping the development of a child.
Agencies and groups involved typically include the
mayor or city manager, the school system, communitybased youth organizations, law enforcement agencies,
parks and recreation services, social services agencies,
health care agencies and providers, the courts and juvenile
corrections, and public housing authorities.
Key Partnerships
The agencies involved in the cm trdinating council or board
must agree on recommendations for youth-related policy
and program goals at the direction of the mayor, city council, or county board. The staff or key contact for the policy
board implements a public education campaign directed at
building communit y sums trt for the policy directions set
by the c(itincil. Participating agencies collaborate to devek
amunication materials and proposals for fi mnda timi or corporate support for programs.
350 7ested Strategies to Prevent Crime
Potential Obstacles
Local agencies prefer to set their own goals for specific
projects. Often those goals do not consider the implications beyond the narrow program focus. Agency personnel
are therefore sometimes reluctant to participate in coordinating bodies, fearing infringement on their indepen-
dence or program "turf." Mayors. city managers, and
county leaders can set the tone for a successful coordinated policy effort by requiring agency participation and
providing leadership; setting goals around topics that cross
agency lines of responsibility (e.g., reducing youth violence); and reinforcing interagency coordination as the
standard for agency behavior.
Local leaders must take care not to raise public expectations for significant additional local government spending.
Instead, local government officials can educate the public
on how improved direction and coordination of local yout h-
related policy can generate significant civic activity and
help attract federal, foundation, and corporate funding.
Signs of Success
The mayor of Minneapolis established the city's Youth Coordinating Board (YCB) in 1986. The board "functions as
an advocate, catalyst, and developer for collaborative plan-
ning and implementation of comprehensive services and
systems benefiting children, youth, and families." YCBdirected initiatives include:
City Children 2007 a statement of vision and guiding
principles for the board and partner organizations;
Now a model for similar local efforts throughout the
country, the YCB has helped focus civic and local government energy toward youth and family programs.
Applying the Strategy
In 1992. the city manager of San Antonio created the l'imth
Initiatives Program (YIP) to coordinate ten city departments in developing and implementing youth programs.
YIP has built on prevention, intervention, and enforcement
strategies established through a concurrent citywide
crime prevention planning process, creating an array of
popular arts, recreation, mentoring, after-school, and employment programs for city youth. City officials believe
that the 10 percent decrease in juvenile crime and more
than 50 percent decrease in juvenile victimization by crime
youth opin 1993 resulted from the conthMation of
portunities programs with new enforcement measures
(curfew. antitruancy and graffiti prevention). "lbgether,
comilmnity participants have created a climate of opportunity and responsibility for the city's youth.
In 1986, Savannah, Georgia. established the Youth Futures Authority (WA) to address youth problems, including teen pregnancy substance abuse, and school failure.
Supported by a grant from the Annie Casey Foundation,
YEA now coordinates a variety of very successful afterschool programs including, tutoring support, teen health
clinics, and youth advocacy and peer counseling projects.
The city has since made important progress toward reducing high rates of teen pregnancy.
San Francisco voters approved the establishment of a
Children's Fund in 1993 to track money spent on youth
services by all departments. The fund receives 2.5 perMinneapolis Way to Grow a program which helps families and neighborhoods support the development of children up to six years old through community education and
health services;
Neighborhood Learning Centers which promote school
readiness, Head Start, child care, and home support; and
Minneapolis Youth Organization, which coordinates
youth participation, recreation, and leadership projects
throughout the city.
cent of the local property tax to improve and expand children's services. A portion of the funding is set aside for
community collaborations and public-private partnerships
to deliver services. The fund is operated by a committee
whose representatives include city departments and residents.
Contact Information
Minneapolis Muth Coordinating Board
202 City I fall. 350 South Fifth Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415-1314
Alternative Schools
Crime Problem Addressed
Alternative schools assist youth who have behavior prt )1)lems and those at risk of failure. by helping them To focus
on educational goals and remain in schmil.
Each day over 2.000 youth drop out of school because of
academic failure or behavior problems. "l'housands of :outh
are suspended or expelW because of disruptive, violent,
or criminal behavior. This strategy provides a structured
environment with supervision, support, and focus to help
students succeed academically and avoid behavior problems. The ultimate goals are usually reintegration of the
student into the traditional school setting or achievement
of a General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Alternative
schools are useful strategies for dealing with youth having
problems in school and those involved with the juvenile
justice system.
Key Components
Alternative schools, or "learning academies," are smallscale school environments where a limited number of students receive intensive tutoring, consistent discipline with
sanctions, and job training designed to improve their academic performance and build life skills. Some programs
also include student participation in designing and implementing community service projects. The programs are
run as separate sections of existing schools or as off-site
programs serving students from several schools within a
district or juvenile court jurisdiction.
Key Partnerships
School administrators work with teachers to identify students who would benefit from the alternative school setting. School officials also receive student referrals from
juvenile justice agencies and the juvenile corrections
Potential Obstacles
Some local school systems have difficulty financing such
programs, since they require a more intense concentration
of teaching and other resources than traditional classroom
environments. Believing that alternative schools benefit
youth involved in the juvenile justice system, some local
juvenile courts support alternative schools in their communities. Other programs receive support from local businesses and state juvenile justice programs.
Signs of Success
The Mat-Su Alternative School in \Vasil la. Alaska. has
become a model for what alternative learning environments can do for school dropouts and delinquent youth.
Established in 1987 with 7 students, the school served
135 youth between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one
during 1994: it provides a structured learning environment, discipline, and opportunities for community service.
The students at Mat-Su have dropped out of high
school, abused alcohol or drugs, become parents, or been
placed on probation by the juvenile court. In addition to
intensive academic assistance, the school offers a teen
parent program, a day-care center, nutritional advice, and
counseling. The school also networks with thirty-four
neighborhood organizations, linking with area food and
clothing banks and devising community service projects.
Each student is required to work in the school for a few
hours each da; but participation in outside community
service projects is considered a privilege available only to
students with good behavior and academic records.
Although 20 percent of Mat-Su students are referred
by the juvenile court, only 3 percent have again offended
after attending the alternative school. Impressed by the
results at Mat-Su. Alaska officials named it the state
school of the year in 1994 and have replicated its educational and service programs in eight other Alaska schools.
Many other states and localities have also modeled schools
after Mat-Su.
Applying the Strategy
The Butz Learning Progre.,sive 'f21,&r (1.PC) in Fort
Stockton, Texas. was established in 1986 as an alternative
learning environment for low-income. minority students at
risk of dropping out. The school is designed to help students improve basic English and math skills and to support
them in overcoming personal problems that affect their
school performance. Students are referred to Butz LPC
by their school, social service agencies, and law enforcement agencies. Since it opened. 217 of the 52.1 youth
served have earned high school diplomas, 153 have earned
GEDs. and 284 have passed the state exam required of
exiting high school seniors. In 1988. the school was given
the state Secretary of Education's Initiative for Assisting
Disadvantaged Children Award. In 1991. LPC received top
honors from the National Organization of Student Assistance Programs and l'rofessionals.
Contact Information
Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District
1775 West Parks I lighway
\Vasil la, Alaska 99654
350 Tested Strategies to Prevent Crime
Intensive Intervention With Adjudicated Youth and Their Families
Intensive intervention promoting conflict resolution skills,
communication skills, and drug and alcohol awareness is
provided to youth and their families to discourage gang
involvement and expand the community's capacity to combat youth gang violence.
Crime Problem Addressed
A 1990 study reported estimates of more than 120,000
members of youth gangs by police officials in thirty-five
cities. This community-based strategy brings parents into
the prevention and intervention process, ensuring that
they have the communication and conflict management
skillsas well as sufficient awareness of alcohol and substance abuseto deter their children from involvement in
youth gang-related violence and drugs.
Key Components
Programs that use this strategy usually work within a
case management framework tailored to the specific problems of a particular youth and family. Programs offer parents a variety of skill-building workshops on conflict management, drug and alcohol abuse, effective
and intensive program will have a lasting impact on the
!,.outh. A program of at least several weeks duration contributes to this goal.
Signs of Success
The Gang Resource Intervention Team of the Multnomah
County (Oregon) Community and Court Services Agency,
a multiagency cooperative effort to reduce youth gang violence in the Portland area, takes a case-management approach to serving gang-involved youth between the ages
of ten and nineteen who are referred by the county juvenile
court. In addition to providing conflict management and
drug and alcohol awareness education workshops to parents and youth, project staff also develop a personalized
counseling and lesson plan for each youth. Other initiatives
include a ten-week Weapons and Violence Reduction Program facilitated by adult inmates at a nearby prison and a
hospital-sponsored curriculum on the impact of gun violence on victims and the community. District offices of the
court are based in community facilities and mobilize efforts
to involve youth, parents, and teachers in gang prevention.
Since 1989, 80 to 85 percent of youth participants have
had perfect attendance re .ords in program activities, and
nearly 75 percent of yo..:di participants over age sixteen
communication, and effective discipline. Muth are also
trained in these skills, with particular attention to depict-
who were on probatior for previous assault or weapons
ing the results of gun violence and drug and alcohol abuse
on individuals and the community. Some training sessions
are presented to youth and parents. while other sessions
system in the first six months after completing the program. The success of the program has contributed to a
25 percent decrease in the number of African-American
target one group or the other. Sessions include discussions of the causes of and possible solutions to youth
violence in the community, and they are usual'y supple-
males in the juvenile correction system. GRIT staff believe
mented by counseling.
munity. GRIT is currently working with a local university
Key Partnerships
to assess changes in the attitudes of participating youth
and parents.
Programs using this strategy are most often administered
by community-based organizations in partnership with juvenile corrections agencies or the juvenile court system.
Courts and law enforcement agencies cooperate by referring juveniles to the program for assistance. Counselors.
police officers, and other health services experts staff the
programs as employees or volunteers.
charges have had no rc r). at referrals to the juvenile justice
that interagency cooperation has resulted in a program
that truly responds to the needs of youth and the com-
Applying the Strategy
Modeled on a program developed through the Pennsylva-
nia-based organization, Muth Advocate Programs, the
Thrrant County (Texas) Advocate Program (TCAP) serves
at-risk and adjudicated .(iuth. Ninety percent of youth involved in TCAP of Fort lAiirth are gang-involved. ICA!'
assesses each youth individually, seeks out strengths of
the youth and the family that can be fostered through
intervention, and uses those strengths to design an effective program. The assessment is based on ten key areas
of behavior, family circumstance, and previous history of
Potential Obstacles
The factors that enc(nirage a y(ning pers(m to join a gang
are complex and difficult to influence. Family violence or
other problems at home may compel some young peopk.
to seek a surrogate family in a gang. while others may be
delinquency. All "I'CAP youth participants come from the
southeastern section of the city where gang activity prenninates. youth unemploynwnt is high. the resident pun,illation is transient, and family management and vi(ilence
pri)blems are prevalent.
influenced by peer pressure, a lack of self-esteem and
refusal skills, or the lure of money from drug trafficking.
Case management permits staff to tailor treatment and
intervention, increasing the chances that a multifaceted
The TCAP staff are recruited from the neighborhood
being served, a policy that fosters bonding with youth and
assures that the counselors have concrete knowledge of
the challenges facing community residents. The program
is funded by the Thrrant County Department of Juvenile
Services. TCAP was credited with helping to reduce the
number of area youth committed to state juvenile facilities
by 44 percent after its first year of operation.
Contact Information
Gang Resource Intervention Team
Multnomah County Juvenile Justice Division
Community and Court Services
1401 N. E. 68th Street
Portland, Oregon 97213
Community-Based Day and Residential Treatment for Youth Offenders
opportunities for youth participation in decision-making;
Small community-based day and residential treatment pro-
grams for less violent juvenile offenders are at least as
effective and less costly than large state-run residential
facilities where violent and nonviolent offenders are mixed
Crime Problem Addressed
John Dilulio of Princeton University estimates that the
direct societal cost of juvenile crime in the United States
in 1992 was $17:2 billion. In 1992, 17.5 percent of all of-
fenders arrested for violent crimes were juveniles. According to the National Council on Crime and Delinquency
(NCCD), 95 percent of youthful offenders are arrested for
nonviolent crimes. This strategy emphasizes a range of
clear and consistent consequences for behavior problems; and
family and youth counseling tailored to each participant's needs.
Key Partnerships
lb deliver the needed services to less violent juvenile offenders, community-based programs work in close partnership with social services, counseling, and job training
and placement agencies. Sonie state-supported programs
work with a variety of public and private service providers
to develop effective treatment for the youth.
services that provide a variety of care options appropriate
to the offense committed and the danger the offender
poses to the community.
Potential Obstacles
Community residents may be wary of having such facilities
Key Components
located near them. This concern can be addressed by:
State or county-supported community-based treatment
programs serve juvenile parolees or probationers under
inviting community members to serve on boards governing decisions about the facility;
seventeen years old and are based on the theory that
personalized treatment near the offender's home is the
most effective rehabilitation and prevention strategy. Youth
in such facilities spend a few hours a day in classes working
toward their GED and the balance of the day in counseling.
vocational training, social and conflict management skills
education, and supervised recreation. Sonic programs are
organized exclusively for day treatment with only emergency residential facilities, while others are residential in
nature. The length of participation by any youth varies
from six to eighteen months. Research cited in NCCD's
1992 publication Juvenile Justice: Improving the Quality of
Care states that critical components of successful juvenile
corrections programs include the following:
continuous case management and assessment;
emphasis on preparing the youth for a successful return
to the community;
describing the effectiveness of similar programs;
demonstrating the cost savings as compared to secure
lockup facilities; and
assuring the community that violent offenders are ineligible for this program.
Despite the success of these programs, the public is
calling for stiffer adult-style punishments for juvenile offenders of all types. This is a public policy issue requiring
education and advocacy through media and agency strategies.
Signs of Success
Programs in Massachusetts. Missouri. and Utah serve as
national models of successful and cost-effective local treatment pr<fgrams for less vi(flent juvenile offenders. Each
350 7ested Strategies to Prevent Crime
state closed its large "training schools,- which had previously mixed violent youth with vandals, truants, or status
offenders. Each state has developed a network of small
secure facilities to contain the most violent offenders and
a range of community-based programs to offer a variety
of educational, counseling, and other support services to
less violent youth. According to an NCCD study the recidivism rate for Massachusetts and Utah juveniles was
as good or better than most other jurisdictions that placed
offenders in large secure care facilities. A December 1994
article in Governing magazine noted that for every 100,000
juveniles in California, 450 are in large locked facilities,
while only 55 out of every 100,000 in Massachusetts are
incarcerated. Despite this differential. Massachusetts and
Missouri have significantly lower recidivism rates than
Moreover, the cost of community-based care in these
states is significantly less than the estimated $25,000
$30,000 per year required for incarcerating a juvenile.
Additional NCCD-sponsored research estimates that
Massachusetts saves $11 million each year by using community-based care. Massachusetts has been able to spend
much of the money saved on job training and other pro-
grams to support the adjudicated youths' successful reentry into the community.
Applying the Strategy
The Southwest Key Day 'freatment Program ill Austin.
Texas. serves parolees and probationers between the ages
of ten and seventeen, providing a safe treatment environment within their community. Some youth spend ten or
twelve hours a day in structured programming at the cen-
ter; those with difficult family situations reside at the
facility for six to nine months while receiving educational
and other support. This counseling, vocational training,
and recreation program has a recidivism rate 65 percent
lower than standard parole programs in other parts of the
state. The program is offered at twenty other sites in
lexas and Arizona.
The Community Intensive Treatment for Youth (CITY)
program in Birmingham. Alabama, offers nonresidential
treatment to nonviolent juvenile offenders referred by the
court. Each youth is required to develop a plan outlining
the academic and personal goals that they will pursue with
the support of staff. The program provides individual and
group counseling for youth and in-home counseling for parents. CITY's tracking system of participants reveals that
70 percent of youth who graduate from one of the six sites
statewide have no contact with the juvenile justice system
for at least one year.
Contact Information
Program Coordinator
Community Intensive Treatment for Nbuth (CITY)
4308 42nd Street North
Birmingham, Alabama 35217
Intensive Community-Based Supervision and Reintegration
fenders on probation is an effective tool for monitoring their
vide intensive supervision and monitoring, as well as some
training in problem-solving skills. Probationers are monitored in daily meetings with staff and, in some cases. with
behavior and ensuring successful reintegration into the
the electronic devices. Most programs also require the
communit y
youth to keep up with schoolwork, hold jobs, and perform
Intensive community-based supervision of juvenile of-
community service. Muth typically stay in the program
Crime Problem Addressed
A 1993 analysis of juvenile corrections programs cited in
the National Council on Crime and Delinquency's (NCCD)
Images and Reality: Juvenile Crime. hintth Violence and
Public l'olicy concluded that 31 percent of juveniles housed
in large secure training schools coukl be dealt with in less
secure settings without threatening public safety. Some
juvenile offenders are released into the conmninity on probation. This strategy focuses on intensive supervision and
monitoring of juvenile probationers as an alternative to
incarceration for nonviolent offenders.
Key Components
Programs adopting this strategy are usually operated by
county or other local juvenile probation agencies that 'm.o.
for several months before being released from supervision.
Intensive supervision programs check the behavior of the
youths with a system of graduated sanctions, including
temporary detention or suspension of privileges. Some
programs also use community volunteers as mentors for
t he yout h.
Key Partnerships
prothation departments work closely
County or other
with private and public sector employers to find jobs for
the N.outh probationers. Once participants are hired, staff
members cl mrdinate with the employer to resolve any issues and ensure that the youth performs well. Programs
often provide services for families also, to ensure their
cooperation and commitment to the required regimen.
Individuals may object to releasing juvenile offenders into
the community fearing that the intensive supervision will
not be adequate to prevent additional crime. Public concerns can be allayed with education about the success of
the program and youth participants, community partici-
or other jobs. Each youth must perform thirty-two hours
of community service, complete a court-ordered treatment program and attend school. Program staff also meet
with parents, employers, and schools officials regarding
the progress of each participant. The program is now wellestablished in all fifteen Arizona counties. As of 1992. 70
percent of youth involved in JIPS completed the program
pation on program boards, involvement of community
Potential Obstacles
mentors, and the support of judges and community
The Community Intensive Supervision Program of Al-
legheny County Pennsylvania, supervises juvenile .of-
Signs of Success
fenders found pilty of a variety of offenses, including robbery gun possession, drug dealing, and property offenses.
The NCCI) publication noted above cited studies done in
the 1970s and 1980s on intensive supervision programs
for juveniles in Utah and Michigan. Each study showed
that recidivism among participating juveniles was lower
than for juveniles remanded to traditional probation or incarceration. Since the mid-1980s, county juvenile courts
in Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Indiana have instituted successful intensive supervision programs for juvenile offenders as an effective alternative to incarceration in large,
often-overcrowded secure-care facilities.
The Pittsburgh area program counsels, tutors, and electronically monitors youth as they complete 180 hours of
community service and hold a job. The nine-month program also requires youth to undergo random drug testing.
The community-based centers for the program are staffed
Applying the Strategy
Contact Information
The Juvenile Intensive Probation Supervision UIPS) program of Phoenix. Arizona, diverts nonviolent offenders
from incarceration, placing them in a program of "accountability and consequences" with productive rehabilitative
activities. Staff meet with participating youth at least four
days each week and supervise them in community service
Juvenile Intensive Probation Supervision
Arizona Supreme Court
1501 West Washington Street. Suite 337
Phoenix. Arizona 85007
by area residents, often young adults and former offenders
who provide positive role models for participants. The
county plans to expand the program in 1995, by opening
additional centers in the community and providing job
placement and a component on restitution to victims.
Teen Courts
Courts and sentencing procedures for youth that include
judgment by their peers are an effective alternative to
traditional juvenile justice system processing of n(mviolent
balances protection of the public with treatment and rehabilitation.
Key Components
Court programs using youth-involved sentencing procedures generally deal only with nonviolent misdemeanor of-
Crime Problem Addressed
A 1994 report of the National Council ofJuvenile and Fatuity Cwrt Judges contends that some local criminal courts
hav(: dismissed as many as 50 percent of juvenile cases
forw aided to them. A I fecember 1994 article in Governing
magazine notes that adult courts in New York state have
not taken action on 75 percent of cases involving juvenile
offenders. This situation in New liirk and other states is
due to the increasing frequency with which juvenile offenders are being referred to already-overburdened adult
fenders between twelve and eighteen years old. In some
programs, youth who plead guilty of minor status offenses
and rules infractions are tried and sentenced by groups of
their peers. In the majority of the programs, a peer jury
is involved in sentencing decisions about community service assignments once an adult judge (often a local attorney
or prosecutor volunteer) has decided the case. Community service is a key component of sentencing for nearly all
offenders found guilty.
Key Partnerships
court and corrections systems. This strategy is one of
several that h ?cal communities are adopting to process
The juvenile court supervises such programs, which are
nonviok.nt juvenile offenders and assure a resp(inse that
Miplemented in cooperation with local youth commissions,
350 Tested Strategies to Prevent Crime
municipal agencies, and community organizations that
portunity to take full responsibility for their actions and
oversee service project assignments. such as park cleanup
and graffiti removal. The program staff consult parent's
when sentences are determined, with some jurisdictions
even requesting parental permission to divert the youth
from juvenile court processing.
yet be diverted from the formal judicial system.- Juveniles.
ages twelve to eighteen, who have committed minor Stant.;
offenses, other rules infractions, misdemeanors, and some
felonies are prosecuted, defended, and adjudicated by high
Potential Obstacles
Teen Courts in some jurisdictions have faced opposition
from policyrnakers who object to the expense of a separate
court or believe the teen court system is too lenient on
defendants. Teen Courts must keep records of decisions
to ensure they can prove successes.
Signs of Success
Since the 1980s. teen courts and sentencing projects have
become popular in many jurisdictions throughout the country. principally as a strategy for relieving local juvenile and
adult court judges and prosecutors of heavy caseloads of
minor offenses involving juveniles. One such program is
the Hoffman Estates Peer Jury program in Illinois. The
suburb west of Chicago established its program in 1983,
focusing on rehabilitating nonviolent juvenile offenders
through sentencing by their peers.
Devised by the city "ibuth Commission and local law
enforcement agencies, the twenty-four-member teen jury
recommends sentences for youth found guilty of minor
offenses. Youth are usually required to make restitution
io their victim and perform community service. The program has been so successful that it was featured in a 199.1
National League of Cities publication Exemphny Programs
in Crnninal Justice: Innovations (lt the Local Level.
Applying the Strategy
school students trained by the district attorney's office.
The role of the judge is played by a volunteer prosecutor
or defense attorney
Eighty-five to 90 percent of youth court defendants complete the program successfully each year. and only 10 percent return to the juvenile justice system. Local officials
praise the program, noting that the conununity service
perfOrmed by the defendants saves the locality money in
maintenanc,: costs and time that otherwise would have
been spiat trying these cases in juvenile court.
The Houston tliAas I leen Court operates in conjunction with the Teenage Community Alternative Program
(IVAN. This program does not use the participation of
youth from the communityy, The Houston court involves
parents in substance abuse workshops with the offender
and in decision-making about community service projects
in lieu of fines, to deter first-time offenders from repeat
involvement with the justice system. As of 1993, the
Court had processed over HRH) juveniles, assigning all of
them to community service projects through TCAP This
successful program received a 1994 Criminal Justice
Model Pnigram Award filini the attorney general of lexas.
Contact Information
)eputy Zelon
Nloren() Valley i'olice I )epartment
14114 Business Center Drive
Morew Valley. :alifornia 92553
The Nloreno Valley (California) Youth Court was established in 1988 to give "specific youthful offenders an op-
Gang Prevention Programs for Female Youth
Gang prevention projects targeted to female youth are
successful when they provide opportunities for positive
activity and focus on risk factors. including the desire finfriendship and belonging, a past history of family violence
and gang involvement. and low self-esteem.
Crime Problem Addressed
ical law edircement agencies report increased female
participation in youth gangs and young females associating
with gang-involved boys. According to a study on gang
membership cited in the April 1994 Office 14- Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Met Sheet, twenty-sewn
cities report organized female gangs with an estimated
7.205 members. Los Angeles officials have estimated that
6 percent or more of gang members in that city are female.
Many more young women in these cities are affiliated with
male-dominated gangs through family connections or a
personal relationship with a male gang member. This
strategy recognizes that girls join gangs for different reasons than their male counterparts and that communitybased programs to prevent female gang membership or
affiliation must address these issues to achieve success.
Key Components
Programs adopting this strategy are most often operated
by community-based and ethnically affiliated organiza6ons
that provide an array of services to the community Sonic
programs in cities with significant youth gang problems
are administered in cooperation with the school system to
maximize the number of participants. The aim of this
program is to foster independence, self-confidence, and
resourcefulness among gang-involved and at-risk teenage
girls. Key components of these programs include recreation alternatives, cultural education, self-esteem building.
violence prevention, health education. mentoring. and lead-
ership development through service to the community
Counseling and case management ensure that program
pregnancy and parenting;
drug and dk:choi use;
academic performance;
cultural conflict; and
adverse economic conditions.
Participants further agreed that their projects will con-
activities are tailored to individual needs. "Ii) confront the
issues of the violent families and communities in which
tinue to be successful only so long as they address the
some of the girls live, most pi ograms rAnphasize selfdefense and personal responsibility within the context of
for the following:
needs that young women, families, and communities have
community citizenship. Programs for high school students
often offer career and job placement advice, providing positive alternatives to illegal activities.
support groups:
Key Partnerships
youth leadership and empowerment;
Most programs using this strategy work with the police
department to deliver self-protection and violence prevention education. They also work with local health profes-
sionals to educate female youth about drug and alcohol
abuse. pregnancy prevention, and basic health and nutrition for young mothers and their children. Programs that
identify school performance as an issue for participants
place special emphasis on collaboration with school or
communitv-b- sed tutoring services. Others, which em-
cultural awareness:
community awareness;
collaboration among service providers;
employment opportunities;
spirituality; and
consistent support for youth participants.
phasize leadershi, skills and communii y involvement, collaborate with Inca businesswomen and other established
women's organizati ns to recruit mentors and set up lead-
Applying the Strategy
ership projects an conferences.
The Seattle (Washington) Team for Muth operates a
ntial Obstacles
Girl gans id female affiliation with male-oriented youth
gangs receiN less emphasis, fewer resources. and less
attention from
ent and courts than most other
local youth and delinquency problems. Community-based
programs often work closely with local media to publicize
their services and gain support for intervention with gangaffiliated young women.
Signs of Success
Participants at the 1993 Family and Muth Services Bureau's (FYSB) Forum on the Prevention of Adolescent
Female Gang Involvement included representatives filmi
eleven succc..sful FYSB-funded projects across the country Project representatives identified several factors that
FYSB-funded project. The consortium of community organizations, local law enforcement agencies, parks and
recreation departments, youth services agencies, and a
school district began with support and empowerment
groups for girls. Now called Beautiful Ambitious Ladies
Able to Negotiate Commitment to Self-Esteem and Excellence (BALANCE), the program provides eleven- to
eighteen-year-old girls alternatives to gang involvement
through an array of services, including self-defense, setting boundaries in personal relationships, violence preven-
tion, self-empowerment, career advice, and community
involvement. BALANCE staff believe that the program
teaches the young women how to make positive contributions to their families and communities and that participants are better prepared than their counterparts to make
positive life choices about personal situations, careers.
and raising children.
The Pueblo (Colorado) Family and Muth Services Bureau works with high-risk llispanic youth in that community Muth gangs in Pueblo are overwhelmingly I lispanic.
domestic violence:
committed by girls, and girls were dropping out of school
influence female gang involvement:
high-risk sexual behaviors;
In addition, nearly half of the crimes in the county are
in alarming numbers. The agency runs the Movimento
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Ascendencia (Upward Movement) program for gang-involved girls ages twelve to nineteen. The program focuses
on cultural pride, public education through community and
citywide media, leadership conferences for youth participants, career advice, and mentoring relationships with
Hispanic adult women. Upward Movement attracted more
than 100 youth and 100 adults to a recent leadership conference and recruited mentors from throughout the com-
Contact Information
Family and Muth Services Bureau
Development Services Group
Youth Gang and Drug Prevention Program
7315 Wisconsin Avenue. Suite 300E
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Surrogate Families
broken or dysfunctional families. Nonresidential programs
Surrogate families that support youth in high-risk situa-
involve intensive support from committed adult mentor
volunteers who develop relationships with youth partici-
tions by facilitating bonding with positive adult role models
and providing a structured environment for learning help
many to move away from drug abuse or participation in
gang activities.
Crime Problem Addressed
Dr. J. David Hawkins, a proponent of the social development theory of delinquency prevention, identified several
risk factors for juvenile delinquency including the following:
low neighborhood attachment;
transition and mobility;
pants and provide key social services staff with insight into
the needs and strengths of these youth.
Key Partnerships
Many surrogate family programs work closely with private
industry councils to connect youth participants to jobs and
job training. In addition, the programs coordinate with
school and youth services agenCy officials to track progress and provide referrals to substance abase treatment
or other needed services.
Potential Obstacles
The primary obstacle to this strategy is locating adults
family conflict:
and families who are interested in and suitable for playing
the role of surrogate family An effective progyam must
involve long-term commitment f rom caring and supportive
academic failure and low school commitment: and
Signs of Success
a family history of high-risk behavior.
Programs that adopt the surrogate family strategy generate the protective factor of social bonding with caring
adults. who convey clear standards of behavior to youth.
Key Components
Surrogate family programs are often located in residential
facilities that offer paith infiirmal mentoring and support
from caring adults. emphasize academic achievement and
setting of personal and career goals, and build skills in
avoiding violence and drugs. The programs are typically
staffed by community groups and assisted by adult volunteers from the neighbcirlicKid. The strategy underscores
job preparation and academic performance as vital foundations for an independent and positive lifestyle, one free
from involvement with gangs or drugs.
Residential programs are more intensive, offering a secure and structured full-time environment to youth from
In its 1994 report Cmnprehensim Stmkgy !Or Serious.
Violent, and Chrimic Juvenile (1.&nders. the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (0J.11)P) concludes that negative family involvement factorsincluding
parental rejection. inadequate supervision and discipline
by parents, and family conflictare predictors of delinquency and violence amcmg y(mth. Providing surrogate
families for youth in crisis is one of the strategies OBDP
recommends to address these situations and build protective factors important to healthy development.
The I h mse of Umoja in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania, has
provided a surrogate family for gang and drug-involved
youth since 1969. The city-sponsored program was established by two parents concerned about the influence of
y(iutli gang members on their sons. Concerned that they
might not be able to keep their children safe despite their
best efforts, the parents decided to bring the gang-involved
h into their homes as members of a very unusual
extended family The parents had noticed that many of the
gang members lacked connections to intact families, that
they were often doing poorly in school, that few had prospects for legitimate work, and that many needed counsel-
ing to overcome substance abuse and other problems.
Confident that many gang members would use support
services that were readily available in a safe home environment, the couple set up a surrogate family or "intact
family loan" for young men with few beneficial connections
to their community
The surrogate family sanctuary has grown into a fullservice residential center for potential and current gang
members and drug-involved youth, providing remedial education. vocational and educational counseling, life skills
training, conflict management education, and opportunities for positive recreation.
Applying the Strategy
that pairs youth from high-risk environments with "supplemental parents." The volunteer parents spend week-
ends and after-school hours with youth in grades five
through twelve. The city-supported program focuses on
structured learning and recreation and reduction of risk
factors for delinquency including lack of bonding with caring adults, drug-involved parents, family conflict, social
isolation, and low commitment to school. Participating
youth have demonstrated improved school achievement
and attendance, cultural pride, and bonding to the community.
Contact Information
I louse of Umoja
1410 North Frazier Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19131
Family Augmenting Approach to Prevention is a successful
neighborhood-focused effort based in Washington, DC,
Gang Prevention Curricula
Gang prevention curricula help elementary and middle
school youth avoid gang activity by educating them about
the impact of gangs on the community and by providing
them with skills to resist peer pressure to become involved with gangs.
Crime Problem Addressed
forcement officers and other leaders. Most curricula require students to take tests before and after participating
in the program as a means of measuring changes in behavior, attitudes, and knowledge about the dangers of gang
involvement and its impact on the community. Some pro-
grams supplement school-year classroom modules with
summer instruction and activities, further ensuring that
the students retain the key messages.
Research compiled in 1991 on behalf of the U.S. Depart-
Key Partnerships
ment of Justice documented an estimated 4,881 youth
gangs. 249,324 gang members, and 46,359 gang-related
crime incidents in 157 major cities. Experts cited in the
1994 National Institute of Justice report Street Gangs:
Current Knowledge and Strategies note several reasons
The key partnership in this strategy must exist between
the school implementing the program and the local law
enforcement agency that serves as a resource for both
classroom activities and as positive adult role models.
why youth join gangs, including identity personal recognition. dysfunctional families, structure, protection. and a
need to belong. This strategy addresses these issues by
providing youth with a curriculum to help them build selfesteem, decision-making and conflict management skills,
and positive connections to the community
Key Components
Curriculum programs focus on the knowledge and skills
needed by y(luth, including dukes and c(msequences,
anger and conflict management, acceptance of cultural di-
Potential Obstacles
Teachers require training to undertake the curriculum. so
participating schools must allocate time and funds for staff
development activities. It may be difficult to reach youth
already involved in a gang through a school curriculum
project: such youth maY require more intensive intervention than can be obtained in the school setting.
Signs of Success
The Fedend Bureau of Alcoluil. "Iiibacco and Firearms
versity, the impact of violence and drugs on individuals and
1,1T1:1 helped design and implement one of the nuist effec-
neighborhoods, future goals, and the responsibilities of
citizenship. Delivered over several weeks, the programs
employ discussions, role plays, supplemental activities
such as community service, and participation of law en-
tive gang prevention curricula for elementary and middle
schoc youth. The Gang Resistance Education and 'Baining (GREAT( program has separate curricula for elementary and middle school youth, and it supplements school-
350 Tested Strategies to Prevoit Crime
year activities with a summer component. GREAT is designed to "help children set goals for themselves, learn
ulum entitled "Project Yes! Yes to Education and Skills.-
how to resist peer pressures, resolve conflicts without
violence, and understand how gangs and youth violence
impact the quality of their lives.- Established through a
cooperative relationship between the Phoenix (Arizona)
through seventh grades, Project Yes! links prevention in-
Developed for presentation to students in the second
formation to traditional subjects through five central
Police Department and representatives from Am the pro-
responsible citizenship:
gram has trained nearly 1,000 officers from forty-four
states in the curriculum.
An independent evaluation of students at ten GREXI'
cultural diversity:
sites, conducted by the Arizona State University Prevention Resource Center. revealed that the curriculum helped
improve resistance skills, resulted in a drop in the number
of children who wanted to be gang members, and contributed to a decline in the number of students with disciplinary problems. Students reported that GREAT had taught
them that "police are not always against you. they can be
good,- ahd that they did not have to belong to a gang to
be "cool... The students rated the conflict management
portion of the curriculum as Nvry valuable, noting that they
planned to use their newly acquired communication skills
to deal with problems more effectivel:
Applying the Strategy
Each year, three full-time Phoenix police officers present
the GREAT curriculum to over 6,000 students. Through
English- and Spanish-language materials, the youth are
taught how to appreciate and accept cultural differences
within their communities. how to understand the impact
of crime on individual victims and the communit y. and how
to set short- and long-term personal goals. Phoenix police
officers have also helped train their colleagues in Georgia
and other states.
In 1988, recognizing the need to reach young students
with the gang prevention message, the California Governor's Office created a gang- and drug-prevention curricu-
refusal skills:
choices and consequences: and
success and achievement.
The goal of the program is to equip students with the
critical thinking skills and knowledge necessary for them
to make informed decisions. set goals for success. and
resist negative peer pressure. A 1993 evaluation survey
of students revealed that 45 percent of seventh graders
felt safer in the community and 33 percent said that they
plan to avoid negative associations with peers. Teachers
also reported improvements in students. behaviors and
knowledge of the concepts presented. A longitudinal eval-
uation of the program is scheduled for release in 1995.
Meanwhile. Project Yes '. has been critically acclaimed in
California and other states seeking a comprehensive primary gang-prevention curriculum for younger students.
Contact Information
GREAT Program
Bureau of Alcohol, "Ibbacco and Firearms
PO. Box 50418
Washington. DC 20091-0418
Individual and Family Therapy Programs
Individual and family therapy to treat youth with emoti(mal
pr()blems can prevent delinquent behavior and drug abuse
linked with enn)tional c(niditi(
Crime Problem Addressed
and enn nial problems in an effort to prevent delinquency
and strengthen the fannly.
Key Components
Nhmst programs that ad( )pt this strategy C)ffer youth both
individual and group therapy to achieve the tiillowing:
Each year thousands of youth are arreqed on crinnnal
charges and 14 status offenses such as curfew violations.
A portion of those youth suffer from 11 'Atonal disturbances, exhibit behavioral problems. have difficult y managing anger, or conic from families with few skills (n- res(nirces. This strategy directs tin.' se v(nith toward mental
health and therapeutic services that address behavioral
help reverse destructive 1,,
ivior patterns:
imprm we communication among family members and
teach coping and stress management skills: and
treat violence and substance abuse problems.
Some programs treat youth on an out-patient basis or
in the home, while others involve residential treatment for
youth with serious behavioral, substance abuse, or family
problems. Programs using this strategy represent a costefficient and effective community-based alternative to hospital treatment or incarceration for youth who do not re-
quire secure detention or aggressive treatments in such
facilities. The most comprehensive programs also offer
emergency counseling and intensive family intervention
services. such as temporary out-of-home placement for
children. Typically, therapy lasts for several months and
focuses on changing family processes and individual behaviors and building skills that help both the parents and
the youth maintain more positive behaviors.
Key Partnerships
Community organizations that operate therapy programs
link youth to needed community-based mental health services through referrals and other assistance from schools
and juvenile justice agencies. Some programs are organized around a consortium of community or local government agencies that provide a continuum of mental health
ervices to youth and families. Case management of each
patient provides an opportunity to tailor treatment to each
youth's needs and establish cooperation among groups
delivering therapeutic services and follow-up care.
Potential Obstacles
Comnmnities that experience juvenile crime and violence
may not initially be receptive to therapeutic treatments fiw
offenders. Programs can overcome this by stressing the
cost-effectiveness of community-based treatment of less
violent offenders and reiterating the importance of communication and conflict management skills and family cohesion as factors in preventing juvenile delinquency
Signs of Success
In its 1994 publication Cmprehensire Strotegy.thr Serious.
Violent. awl Chrmic juvenile (Wenders. the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention asserts that a
variety of programsincluding those that address the
mental health of youthare important opportunities for
teaching positive values and reducing individual characteristics as risk factors in juvenile delinquency
The R( ibert Wood Johnson Naindatic in funds cinninonity-b:1-;ed youth mental health jwojects in seven locatfims
acros, the country including the North Can)lina Mental
Health Service Program for Youth. That program has provided in-home or community-based services to youth with
serious emotional disturbances and to their families in
several rural counties of the state since 1989. The statemanaged initiative offers diagnostic services and treatment for substance abuse and emotional and developmental
disabilities: it also provides residential treatment when
necessary. A Duke University evaluation team rated the
program as successful in linking youth and families to
needed services and helping them toward long-term solutions. improved family functioning, and positive behavior.
North Carolina also coordinates with the federal government in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Dem-
onstration Project at Fort Bragg. The U.S. .Anny established this pilot project in 1989 in partnership with the
state Division of Mental Health. Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services. primarily to serve
dependents of active military personnel in the surrounding
area. The program has met its goals, demonstrating that
a federal-state partnership can coordinate a communitybased consortium of services to provide cost-effective and
successful treatment of youths. In 1992. the program
served over -16.000 youth with a budget of $21 million, a
fraction of what in-patient treatment could have cost, according to an evaluation conducted by researchers from
Vanderbilt University
Applying the Strategy
Specialized Treatment Services of Mercer. Pennsylvania.
is a residential treatment facility which provides therapeutic services to youth, ages thirteen through eighteen, who
cannot be placed in mental health facilities because of
criminal behavior problems and who cannot be incarcerated in traditional settings because of their emotional and
mental health status. Group and individual therapy lasts
for at least eighteen months and focuses on modifying
destructive behavior, managing anger and conflict, and re-
sisting peer pressure. Family therapy begins while the
youth is in residence and continues following release,
where it is combined with mentoring and school-based
follow-up services. The program reports that 82 percent
of youth participants remain uninvolved with the juvenile
justice system for the five-year period following treatment.
Contact Information
Department of I luman Resources
325 North Salisbury Street
Raleigh, N( wth Caroliim 27003
TiroCrIP "NAM, AI/4 TT
350 Tested Strategies to Prevent Crinze
Court-Appointed Special Advocates
Potential Obstacles
The Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program
helps protect abused and neglected children's rights within
One of the biggest concerns with the program is appro-
the court system and prevent further abuse and neglect
by helping to design permanent and safe placement for the
Crime Problem Addressed
Each year nearly three million cases of child abuse are
reported in the United States. Many of these cases are
brought before juvenile and family court judges for review.
The judge may employ a number of options to protect the
child, including intensive family counseling or treatment,
temporary out-of-home placement, or revocation of paren-
tal rights and eventual adoption. This strategy uses
trained community volunteers to assist judges in making
immediate and long-term decisions in the best interests of
the child.
Key Components
CASA is typically operated by juvenile and family courts
in cooperation with state or local social services agencies.
Lawyers, judges, parents, therapists, social workers, and
teachers work together to ensure a safe and permanent
placement plan for each abused or neglected chikl whose
case is brought before the court. The program coordinates
the efforts of recruits and trains community volunteers to
work with the victimized child. The volunteers give tes-
timony at court hearings, meet with parents and service
providers, and prepare reports on each case, including
recommendations on treatment. CASA volunteers and su-
pervisors work to preserve existing families wherever
possible, and devise plans for permanent out-of-home
placement when necessary.
Key Partnerships
A successful CASA program depends on cooperative relationships among the court officials and representatives
of social, medical, school, and community services that
assist abused and neglected children. These agencies
must share information on cases, work with CASA to
priate selection and adequate training for volunteers to help
them deal with children from such difficult circumstances.
The program is most successful when volunteer advocates
represent the variety of geographic, ethnic, and cultural
characteristics of children and families that appear before
the courts in abuse or neglect cases. ib accomplish this
goal, programs must concentrate on recruiting and training volunteers from affected communities. Coordinating
the progi-am with established community and volunteer
groups can facilitate recruitment.
Signs of Success
The first CASA program was established in 1977 by a
Seattle. Washington, judge concerned about the fate of
abused and neglected children appearing before his court.
Since then. CASA programs have been established in all
fifty states and the District of Columbia. The Office of
Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Comprehensfre Strategv for Serious, Violent. and Chronic Juvenile
Oftenders lists CASA among the programs it recommends
to address family-related risk factors for juvenile delinquency
The winter 1993 issue of the Journal of Emotional and
Behavioral Problems reported that as of 1992. more than
28,000 volunteers were serving as child advocates, facili-
tating improvements in court-supervised programs to reunite and preserve families, prevent juvenile delinquency.
and coordinate services for abused and neglected children
and their families. The Seattle-based National Court-Appointed Special Advocate Association provides local courts
and agencies with information on how to establish a CASA
program. The association also provides training and workshops for local officials.
Applying the Strategy
The Court-Appointed Special Advocate Program of Bal-
timoresupported by grants from the state and foundationswas established in .1988 by a local judge and the
ensure that all appropriate services are provided on behalf
University of Maryland School of Law and School of Social
Wbrk. The Baltimore CASA has provided comprehensive
of the chikl, and maintain a continuum of services that
advocacy to ver 500 abused and neglected children
support permanent safe placement for victims of abuse and
neglect. The court or agency that supervises the program
through the assistance of more than 350 specially trained
volunteer advocates. Baltimore CASA staff and advisors
have paid special attention to recruiting an appropriately
diverse corps of advocate volunteers, half of whom are
persons of color.
volunteers must maintain relationships with community
agencies serving children to ensure a supply of volunteer
adv()cates and devel)p community-based placement alternatives for abused chiklren.
In addition to other duties, CASA volunteers work with
the local Child in Need of Assistance Mediation Project to
help families resolve conflicts prior to court proceedings.
CASA also helps child victims through monthly Court
School programs designed to familiarize them with court
proceedings and prepare them to testify
Contact Information
National Court-Appointed Special Advocate Association
2722 Eastlake Avenue East
Suite 220
Seattle. Washington 98102
Adults as Career Mentors
Adults with business skills and experience can help prevent
juvenile delinquency by sponsoring youth in apprenticeship
or business mentoring programs.
Crime Problem Addressed
Recent research and anecdotal reports consistently suggest that the presence of a caring adult is a vital element
in successful youthTserving programs, including those
programs that emphasize tutoring. mentoring, and preventing truancy or dropping out of school. Youth living in
unsafe neighborhoods or confronting peer pressure to
drop out of school or use drugs benefit significantly from
the encouragement and support pnwided by adult v(Aunteers in mentoring programs. In business apprenticeship
programs, the adult conveys positive expectations for the
apprenticeship programs as part of their community service commitment. Police departments that operate mentorship programs often work in partnership with public
housing authorities and schools to identify youth who might
benefit from a mentoring relationship with a law enforce-
ment officer. Such programs educate participating youth
about possible careers in police work, while also providing
law-abiding adult role models.
Potential Obstacles
The succes, of business or career mentoi-ship programs
depends on sustained commitment on the pirt of the adult
volunteer. Proper preparation and screening of mentor
candidates is necessary to ensure a committed and effective corps of mentors. Businesses involving technology
youth's future and provides specific job-related skills, both
vital buffers against negative environmental influences.
application may need to provide computer or other training
as part of mentoring projects to ensure that youth receive
the greatest possible benefit and realistic career exposure
through the program.
Key Components
Signs of Success
Thlunteer adult business or career mentors come from a
variety of sources, including corporations, business associations, universities, professional organizations, and
law enforcement agencies. Motivated by a desire to help
youth needing inspiration to stay in school and plan for
future jobs, the adult volunteers also expose participants
to real-life job situations and skills needed to prepare for
The Commonwealth Fund in New Thrk City sponsors Ca-
the world of work. Typically, business mentoring programs
involve a variety of activities, including site visits, appren-
reer Beginnings, a network of twenty-two universities
that operate mentorship programs for youth in twenty-one
cities. including Bakersfield, California: Hartford. Connecticut; Memphis. "limnessee; Miami, Florida; and Roch-
ester, New York. In a 1990 survey of 400 participating
students and 400 adult mentors by Lou Harris and Associates, more than 50 percent of high school participants
said that the relationship helped them improve their
ticeships or internships in specific fields of interest, and
educational seminars on job-related topics. A long-term
relationship with the mentor is vital as the youth explores
career possibilities, receives guidance on the responsibil-
grades. stay out of trouble, and avoid drugs. Furthermore.
63 percent of the Nvuth in the survey said that their mentors inspired them to go to college, and over half of these
attended college within six months of high school gradua-
ities required of those who work, and acquires skills
tion. Of those who chose to work instead, most were
needed for particular professi(
employed full time. Only 10 percent of participants were
neither working nor in postsecondary education programs.
Forty-nine percent of youth participants said that without
their mentor they would not have chosen the same career
w taken their current job.
Key Partnerships
Corporations, small business owners, professional associations, and law enforcement agencies that run business
or entrepreneur ment(n- pr( igrams use their emph)yee or
membership networks to recruit adult volunteer mentors.
Corporations sometimes operate Junior Achievement programs or encourage employees to work with area youth in
Applying the Strategy
Over 1,400 I. MA Casualty Insurance Company employees in six cities mentor students, working one-on-one with
350 Tested Strategies to Prerent Crime
the youth to help foster academic skills and values such as
dedication and responsibility. During one year in San Antonio, the number of USAA-mentored students who had
behavior problems dropped by 30 percent. USAA also op-
project pairing at-risk resident youth interested in law enforcement careers with police officers and agents from the
Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Southeni Bell Cor-
erates a Junior Achievement project, teaching practical
business concepts and supplementing mentoring and tu-
Georgia, that places youth from public housing communities in apprenticeships at Head Start and day-care facilities
located at housing agency sites.
toring offered to youth lyy their employees.
The YWCA New Entrepreneurs program in Omaha.
Nebraska, helps fourteen- and fifteen-year-old students refine their career choices and develop entrepreneurial op-
portunities through a summer program of field trips,
workshops, and internships in their fields of interest. The
Pittsburgh Public Housing Authority works in cooperation
with city police to operate the Junior Cadet program, a
poration sponsors a summer jobs program in Atlanta.
Contact Information
USAAEducational Affairs
9800 Fredricksburg Road
San Antonio, Texas 78288
Prenatal Care and Drug Abuse Prevention for Pregnant Women
Key Partnerships
Prenatal care and drug abuse prevention programs for
pregnant women and teenagers can help ensure healthy
Most programs using this strategy are administered and
supported through local and federal agency partnerships
that coordinate needed health services in targeted communities, refer clients, and deliver follow-up services to
babies, preventing the developmental and behavioral problems caused by the alcohol and other dnigs.
infants and mothers. The coordination of service providers
Crime Problem Addressed
benefits each participating agency by helping to ensure
efficient delivery of services to the women and children
The incidence of infant mortality and drug and alcoholaddicted babies is linked to the quality of prenatal care the
mothers received. Low-income families sometimes do not
most in need. The key to client acceptance of the program
is the involvement of women from the targeted community
have ready access toor they do not seekhealth care.
Birth defects, developmental problems. and behavior problems occur in many children whose mothers have not received adequate prenatal care. Prenatal health-care programs for women in low-income communities can help
prevent the occurrence of developmental problems that
contribute to low academic achievement and the likelihood
of problem behavior.
Key Components
Coinniunity-based clinics that run prenatal infant- and
mother-care programs are often supported by funds and
other resources from a combination of sources, including
local and federal government agencies. private corporations, and nonprofit organizat i ns. These facilities onivey
key messagesincluding the imp( ni ance (if early prenatal
as outreach workers. Such staff can build relationships
with the mothers while providing them with vital health
information. Local corporations are also involved in many
programs, donating funds for transportation, educational
materials, and publicity.
Potential Obstacles
A key obstacle to successfully implementing prenatal
health programs is getting health information to the
women most in need and convincing them to follow this
urgent medical advice. Some women who have already
used drugs or alcohol while pregnant may be reluctant to
receive help due to fear or shame. Others, who need and
want the services, require transportation or child-care
support ill order to access them. Community residents
trained as outreach workers can overcome soim )otential
clients' fears and c(incerns. helping them understand the
need for prenatzd care and coordinating transportation to
ensure that they receive that care.
care and risk factors associated with low birthweight.
alcohol, drugs, and sin Aiingto pregnant wi mien and
teens through aggressive outreach into targeted cominunines. Prevention pn warns typically use health i)r( des-
Signs of Success
si( inals and parapnkssional rt.'s( mrce mo-kers tu educate
the mothers.
The Maternal and Child I lealth Bureau in the Public I lealth
Service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services sponsors a fifteen-city demonstration project on
prenatal care for pregnant women and prevention of infant
mortality and drug-addicted babies. Entitled Healthy
Start, the program promotes community consortia and
comprehensive service plans to bring prenatal care and
information to premant women, with the goal of achieving
a significant reduction in infant mortality. The program
was established in 1991 and has already resulted in significant progress in many participating cities.
In New Orleans, Louisiana, local media have helped
publicize Healthy Start by sponsoring Kids Health Fairs
idents in need with appropriate services. Project Link
meets the medical and counseling needs of women in five
of the state's major urban areas. The community-based,
supportive, and nonpunitive approach is coordinated by a
state interagency committee that provides technical assistance and training. At the local level, medical services are
supplemented by child care, transportation, and help from
paraprofessional "resource mothers" who come from the
targeted communities. Researchers at the College of William and Mary report that in the two years that the project
has been in operation, substance abuse among area
pregnant women, information booths, and distribution of
women has decreased. parenting skills have improved, and
the mothers' mental health is better.
educational materials. In Washington, DC, the local
Healthy Start program is credited with achieving a 10
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percent reduction in infant mortality and low birthweights,
as well as modest reductions in the number of infants who
showed signs of exposure to drugs or alcohol during their
mother's pregnancy.
Project Link Coordinator
Department of.MHMRSAS.
Office of Prevention and Children's Resources
PM. Box 1797
and medical screenings, transportation to services for
Applying the Strategy
Richmond. Virginia 2321-1
In 1991. concerned local officials in Virginia formed a state-
wide network of 320 prevention programs to connect res-
Family-School Partnerships
Family-school partnerships increase parental involvement
in school activities and policy creating a school environment that encourages and supports learning.
Crime Problem Addressed
Lack of positive contact with and support from parents
and other adults is an important risk factor for juvenile
delinquency. Parental involvement in schoolsincluding
cooperation with teachers, supervision of their children's
homework, and parental participation in academic enrich-
ment and recreation programshelps support children's
academic and social success.
Parent associations are a traditional source of such pro-
grams, providing advice on a range of issues including
academic policy, security and violence prevention strategies, and dropout prevention projects. In some communities, members of parent associations set up after-school
day-care, recreational, and tutoring programs for students.
Key Partnerships
School officials and parent associations must work in part-
nership for this strategy to be successful. liwther they
need to identify what parents and students in the community need. They must design projects that can help
remedy such problems as academic difficulty crises in
Key Components
family management. and the need for after-scluml care.
Programs using this strategy include any number of services to assist parents in becoming more involved. includ-
Potential Obstacles
ing the following;
Parents' schedules, lack of understanding of the importance of their participation in school activities, fear of au-
parent-to-parent visits;
support groups:
activities to facilitate communication with the school; and
thority, and concern about school officials' involvement in
child-rearing practices can all reduce the success of
school-family partnermips. School policies that encourage
parental participation on a range of issues help build the
long-term relationships needed to create an environment
that supports students academic and social success.
strategies to support and encourage the success of
Schi mls should eno mirage formation of parent associations
and should work with them on an i nig( iing basis.
350 7i,sted Strategies to Prevent Crime
Signs of Success
In Strong Families, Strong Schools: Building Community
ThrtnershOs Ibr Learning. the U.S. Department of Education recommends that states pass legislation supporting
family involvement in education. Specifically they recommend parent-school partnerships. family-school coordinators, and teacher training in how to involve parents in
supporting their children's educational and social development. The National Education Goals 2000 include "the
promotion of parent involvement as a critical aspect of
successful schools." As of 1994. only half of the states
dropout prevention programs. Nearly 100 percent of parents who attended the parent training programs learned
new skills to help their children improve academically The
La Familia agency in Sacramento, California, plans to train
parent association members and involve them in school
violence prevention activities. The parents will also organize support for recreational activities for area youth.
Recognizing a need for safe after-school child care. parents and schools in Oakland. California. established Kids
House, a network of private residences that provides safe
have mandated teacher training in parental involvement as
a requirement for certification.
care, snacks, and tutoring to area elementary students.
Local foundations and area businesses support the program by paying parent caretakers and tutors. After only
one year, 63 percent of students who took advantage of
Applying the Strategy
Kids House services had improved their grades.
The Atenville Elementary School in Harts, West Virginia.
is improving parent-school communication through its Par-
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ents as Educational Partners Program. A church-based
parent support center, home visits, and other communication tools are increasing parental involvement and enhancing student performance.
The Alpha collaboration in St. Petersburg, Florida. has
made parental involvement a requirement in tutoring and
U.S. Department of Education
600 Independence Avenue. SW
Washington, DC 20202
(for copies of Strong Similies, Strong Schools)
Community-Based Health Services for Children
Community-based health services for children and teens
can help identify physical and emotional problems that
could adversely affect the child's development and behavior.
Crime Problem Addressed
Researchers in the field of juvenile delinquency believe that
treatment and provided supplemental educational assistance as appropriate. "liens are screened for mental health
disorders: counseled on sexual matters: provided with
substance and alcohol abuse treatment: helped to understand nutrition and wellness: and trained to recognize dysfunctional behavior in their peers. Sonic community health
programs provide treatment to youth directly: others treat
teens as part of a family unit and assess family management and health issues.
there is a clear link between the physical and emotional
health of children and their academic performance and be-
havior thniughout school and beyond. Undiagnosed and
untreated sight, hearing. or emotional problems will impair
a child's ability to learn and perform in school, and may
cause behavioral problems. When health problems are
understood and treated, the child can be helped to perform
and avoid the behavior problems and frustration associated
with school failure.
Key Components
CIAlren and families are treated in community-based cen-
ters or clinics and screened for needed immunizatii
lead poisoning, hearing and vision problems, elm itional and
behavioral issues, nutritional needs, and dental pri
When disorders are found, the children are referred to
Key Partnerships
Communit y health-service programs work best when located in the communities most in need and coordinated
with other trusted community-based organizations and
programs. The programs shoukl offer transportation and
provide educational materials and counseling that recognize the ethnic and cultural divrsity of the families and
children served. Related community organizations si nuetimes help by providing interpreters for families with limited English skills. Local government and communit y organizations work in partnership with schi ids, churches,
and ethnic and cultural groups to publicize the services
and encourage participation. Programs targeted to teens
often rely on peer clients as one means of recruiting other
youth who need services.
Potential Obstacles
AIDS prevention education;
Some parents may not understand that certain behavioral,
developmental, and medical problems are preventable or
treatable. Fearing the cost of prevention services or wary
that treatment may label the child, some parents may be
reluctant to seek services. The presence of trusted community-based health-care providers, trained volunteers.
and informal publicity from youth and families who have
family planning and contraception advice for sexually
active teens;
received services boosts awareness of affordable ser-
information on how to recognize dysfunctional behavior
among their peers.
Signs of Success
The U.S. government has supported the Women. Infants.
and Children's Program (WIC) for more than twenty-five
years. A comprehensive program that provides supplemental food, nutritional advice, and health screening to
support the healthy development of children from low-in-
come families. WIC has helped tens of thousands of
women and children throughout the country Continuation
of federal assistance and screening is offered through fed-
erally supported Head Start preschool assistance programs in low-income communities. Children are often referred to community-based health services by Head Start
project administrators. Additional local programs support
child and teen health through local clinics based in schools
or at community centers. Many programs receive federal
support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services and local foundations and businesses.
Applying the Strategy
The Youth Futures Authority in Savannah. Georgia.
serves hundreds of teens through the Savannah I ligh
nutritional counseling;
treatment of minor illnesses and injuries; and
The high school health clinic is staffed by a nurse, nutritionist, and mental health counselor. Pediatricians, dentists, and nurses provide part-time support. Local officials
see these services as important prevention tools in their
efforts to reduce the rate of drug abuse, health problems.
AIDS infection, and violent injuries among area youth. The
number of teens seeking services continues to rise.
The Judge Baker Children's Center in Boston. Massachusetts, also includes mental health screening for children and youth. Originally offered through in-home visits
and a specially staffed traveling van that served residents
fearful of downtown mental health service providers and
costs, the programs are now so well known and successful
that the community van has been retired in favor of a
community-based medical complex for children and families. The center's staff has diagnosed depression and mental illnesses and treated children who had exhibited poor
school performance or behavioral problems. The nonprofit
center has been serving families and children in Boston
for more than fifteen years.
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School Health Center. the Teen Awareness Group. and the
"Ii2en Clinic in a low-income community The services offered to youth at a variety of locations include the follow-
Judge Baker Children's Center
Boston. Massachusett 02115
295 Longwood Avenue
physical and mental health assessments:
Victim and Witness Support
Victim and witness support pr((grams targeted to youth
can help them deal with trauma. thereby minimizing the
impact of vic )lent incidents.
Crime Problem Addressed
lbuth are victims of crime nuire (dien than inenthers ol
any other age group. Those crimes may traumatize other
youth violence research experts believe extensive exposure to violence on televisi(in and in other media desensitizes youth to the realities of violent crime and its effects.
Victims, witnesses, and friends may seek retribution, not
fully understanding the impact of their actions ( w the effect
they will have on additional victims and the community
Victim and witness assistance programs help youth deal
with their pain and frustration following vii)lent incidents.
thereby preventing additi( iuual vi()lent crime.
aith who witness the incident or fear a similar fate. Many
350 ksted Strategies to Prevent Crime
Key Components
Counseling, discussion groups, and follow-up medical and
school assistance is provided in these programs by social
workers, specially trained police officers, and psychologists. The difficulties sonic young victims have in coping
with violent incidents often extend well beyond the time
spent recovering from physical injuries. These programs
agencies. hospitals. or local universities to fully support
the range of services needed by victims and witnesses.
Signs of Success
The New Haven, Connecticut, police department offers
ca)unseling and treatment to young Nictims and witnesses
through a partnership vith area mental health professionals.
recognize that young people, like adult victims and witnesses. need to talk about their experiences and get assistance in coping with their feelings and understanding
what happened. Such services may be offered as an emergency response to specific incidents in the community, in
response to incidents that occur on school grounds, and
as part of community-based crime prevention and victim
assistance programs.
Since 1989. Youth Alive in Oakland. California, has
sponsored Caught in the Crossfire, a victim-assistance
Key Partnerships
Applying the Strategy
Local programs are usually the result of cooperative relationships among law enforcement agencies, emergency
services, local hospitals. and mental health professionals.
The Youth Trauma Team in Washington, DC, responds to
the scene of violent incidents where youth have been vic-
Law enforcement personnel in sonic cities summon trauma
response teams of mental health professionals after violent
incidents involving children and youth occur or refer youth
victims to mental health professionals who coordinate such
programs. In some cases, local programs work directly
with schools to coordinate follow-up services and academic
program for youth who have been exposed to gun violence.
The program sends trained youth counselors who have
themselves been victims of violence to area hospitals to
support their peers in avoiding further involvement with
violent crime. The program has trained over fifty youth
and served over 3,000 victims.
tims or witnesses. Psychologists, social workers, and
trained police officers offer youth counseling to cope with
their experiences. The city-supported service is supplemented by the Howard University Violence Prevention
Project, a program offering youth victims and witnesses
after-school activities, tutoring, cultural enrichment, and
a summer camp. The Youth Trauma Team has provided
assistance to victims and witnesses who may have difficulties following exposure to serious violence.
an invaluable service ffia city that experiences significantly
high rates of youth-related violence.
Potential Obstacles
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Local governments often have limited res(ffirces to support
the traditional activities of law enforcement and social ser-
Youth Alive
vice agencies. Programs using this strategy may have to
develop innovative and c()Ilaborative partnerships among
Summit Medical Center
3012 Summit Avenue. Suite 3670
Oakland, California 94609
Graffiti Enforcement
Strict enforcement of vandalism laws helps local pi )lice
agencies identify gang members and prevent destruction
or damage to property from graffiti.
apply comprehensive prevention and enforcement strategies against vandals (often gang-involved youth) are an
impi)rtant comp nient of a community's crime prevention
and gang preventicm strategies.
Crime Problem Addressed
Key Components
Many youth gangs use graffiti to mark territory. send mes-
Many localities have implemented antigraffiti dinances.
making youth and sometimes their parents legally accountable for damage and for possession of graffiti implements
such as spray paints. Enforcement against graffiti vandals
sages, and intimidate rival gangs and community residents. Physical deterioration, including the presence of
graffiti at many locations throughout a neighborhood. can
property values. in effect destabilizing the community. The
is most effective when implemented as part of a more
comprehensive local strategy addressing the problems of
damage and destruction such vandalism causes to public
buildings costs large cities millions of dollars annually in
maintenance and repair. Programs to remove graffiti and
.out h gangs, including schmil-based curricula on gang prevention and caninseling fc,r gang-involved ycluth and their
parent s.
increase residents' fears about their safety and reduce
Key Partnerships
Antigraffiti programs are most often coordinated and implemented by police in cooperation with other local agencies, including schools that provide classroom time for
gang prevention education programs and communitybased groups or agencies that offer counseling to youth
and their families. In addition, some urban police departments work with code-enforcement agencies to keep property free of graffiti and encourage businesses to donate
materials for graffiti cleanup.
Potential Obstacles
Localities with many youth gangs that use graffiti for com-
munication or intimidation may find it difficult to catch
graffiti :andals or carry out graffiti cleanup of public and
private properties. Some locations have attempted to prevent graffiti by coating walls of public buildings and trans-
portation waiting areas with special paint products and
surfaces that do not allow paint to stick.
Signs of Success
In Cathedral City. California. the police department operates one of the nation's most successful graffiti prevention
programs. The Gang-Related Activity Anti-Suppression
Program (GRASP) uses a combination of strategies to
combat violent crime and destruction of property commit-
ted by youth gangs in the area. GRASP unit counselors
and other police officers visit area schools to present gangprevention educational programs to students and parents'
groups and to. pnivide specialized counseling to gang-invoh i'd youth and parents. GRASP also enforces strict antigraffiti ordinances aimed at identifying and prosecuting
offenders and those caught with graffiti implements. The
enforcement strategy involves serving search warrants on
graffiti crew members, implementing sting operations to
catch merchants who sell paint to underage youth, and
cooperating with local schools in maintaining lists of graffiti
The combined enforcement and prevention approach of
the GRASP program is credited with reducing the number
of graffiti-related crimes in Cathedral City from 3,600 in
1992 to 400 in 1993. In addition. in 1993 all suspects in
gang shootings that resulted in an injured or murdered
victim were identified through the use of Gang Intelligence
Files developed by the unit and were in custody of the
GRASP unity within twelve hours.
Applying the Strategy
Cleveland. Ohio, has adopted a successful and low-cost
strategy in response to graffiti vandalism of property
Through a coordinated effort entitled Walls of the City
local stations broadcast antigraffiti public service announcements on the radio and city agencies routinely notify
property owners of ordinances that require them to keep
their property graffiti-free. Outreach to local hardware
stores has resulted in donations of paint and supplies for
graffiti removal. The labor ft» graffiti removal and repainting projects is provided by gang-involved youth required
to do community service for misdemeanor convictions.
Graffiti has reappeared at only about 30 of the 200 chronic
graffiti sites in the city
From 1992 to 1994, Wills of the City sponsored com-
mu ni t y art education project s to cover graffiti-strewn
walls with resident-desigmed murals depicting local interests. None of the murals has been damaged by new graffiti. In addition to the murals, the city has since redirected
some of the graffiti artists toward more positive activities,
such as attendance of the city's art museum school.
Contact Information
Youth Diversion Counselor
Cathedral Citr Police Department
68625 Perez Road
Cathedral City. California 9223,1
Truancy Reduction Through Daytime Curfews
Truancy rates are reduced by local policies and programs
that reinforce social controls on the behavior of youth.
Crime Problem Addressed
All school-age children living in the United States are required to enroll in and attend school. A student who fails
to attend scluml without permisskm fri nn home or school
is considered truant. Ruancy is a "status offense,- a vi-
olation of iaw that applies to youth, usually those under
sixteen years of age. According to the National Dropout
Prevention Center and other groups. reasons for chronic
truancy vary widely and include lack of supervision at
ll nne. family problems, boredt tm. and substance abuse.
In addition to violating school attendance laws, some of
the more than two million truants each day commit crimes
during daytime hours, when school is in session. Cities
across the country have found that successful tniancy prevention programs have resulted in fewer daytime burglaries and violent crimes committed by school-age youth.
350 Tested Strategies to Prevent Crime
Key Components
ment or supervision is a prominent issue, programs should
Stay-in-school policies support truancy laws that require
pay particular attention to reinvolving parents in school
activities and providing services to address that issue.
youth to attend school. The main objective of such policies
is to keep youth in school, preventing chronic truants from
becoming dropouts. Additional objectives include reducing
daytime property crimes and violent crimes committed by
the truant youth. After returning truant youth to school or
parents, police officers, school personnel, and community
volunteers who staff truancy processing locations screen
offenders and refer them to school-based or supportive
A system of graduated sanctions holding youth and parents legally accountable is a key component of antitruancy
strategies. Such policies, which may range from fines to
incarceration, are responsible for returning youth to school
and decreasing their involvement in delinquent or criminal
Key Partnerships
The partnerships most vital to the success of a truancy
prevention program are those developed among the local
law enforcement agency, the school, and other social sel vices agencies that help youth and their families address
the interrelated causes of truancy The school's role includes communicating truancy policy to parents and students and providing law enforcement personnel access to
well-maintained attendance records so that they can check
on the status of possible violators of local truancy ordinances.
Law enforcement agencies not only apprehend truant
youth, they also help schools identify chronic truants in
need of scholastic or family support services and prevent
daytime property and violent crime. Law enforcement officers and school personnel often work together in staffing
drop-off or assessment centers for truant youth and help
facilitate connections between the youth, their families,
and social services agencies. In some communities, residents and parents are directly involved in truancy prevention programs, volunteering at drop-off centers or reporting neighborhood youth whom they suspect of truancy
Potential Obstacles
Truancy prevention programs cannot be successful with-
out community support. Therefore, it is essential that
local law enforcement and school officials work with parent
organizations, residents, and youth in the design and implementation of truancy prevention policy and programs.
Successful intervention in the situation of any truant youth
requires individualized needs assessment, and follow-up
on treatment and service referrals. Where family manage-
Signs of Success
School districts and police departments across the country
have banded together to prevent truancy among middle
and high school students, finding that as school attendance
improves, the incidence of daytime burglary and violent
crime decrease3.
The Truant and Burglary Suppression (TABS) program
in San Jose, California, helped that city reduce its dropout
rate to 3.3 percent and resulted in a 50 percent decrease
in daytime burglary rates. Following the success of a late-
night juvenile curfew, San Antonio, Texas, passed a
truancy prevention "daytime curfew" as an additional
strategy for police officers to use in conthatting juvenile
crime. Implemented amidst strong community support
and awareness, expanded youth initiatives, gang prevention, and education programs the San Antonio youth day-
time curfew decreased juvenile crime during daylight
hours. increased student attendance rates, and reduced
repeat violations to only 10 percent. Baltimore. Maryland,
and Charlotte. North Carolina, law enforcement and school
officials have implemented similar truancy prevention programs with positive results.
Applying the Strategy
Responding to school system, police, and community concerns about high rates of truancy and juvenile ,:rime. Okla-
homa City, Oklahoma, started the "Ihiancy Habits Reduced. Increasing Valuable Education (THRIVE) program
in 1986. THRIVE operates a truancy prevention center
staffed by police, social workers, school officials, representatives of the district attorney's office, and community
volunteers who work together to counsel truant students
and refer them to needed services. The program was so
successful that after four yem s, the daily absenteeism rate
had fallen from 10 to 4 percent and dropout rates had fallen
by 50 percent. Since then. THRIVE has continued to benefit Oklahoma City students and the community, serving
as a nationally recognized example of a successful truancy
prevention program.
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Department P
PO. Box 18674
Oklahoma City. Oklahoma 73154
In-Home Counseling for Young Parents
once the child is in school. Also, parents who perceive the
program as punitive rather than supportive will be reluc-
In-home counseling services help young at-risk parents
tant participants; the program must be promoted as a
resource for parents and as a means to enhance latent
understand and foster their child's development, cope with
the responsibilities of parenthood, and reduce the sense
of fear and isolation that could otherwise lead to child
Signs of Success
Crime Problem Addressed
The number of programs using this strategy has steadily
increased over the years. Evaluations of various programs
This strategy addresses prevention of child abuse and later
show a reduction in child abuse and neglect in families that
take part, as well as an increase in school achievement for
the children. Most of the programs are still relatively new
and the children of the parents who have received help are
juvenile delinquency through intensive interaction with
parents. First, it helps young at-risk parents cope with
the frustration that can arise from not understanding their
child's development and limited ability to communicate.
reducing the likelihood that the parent might resort to
abuse or neglect. Second, it helps parents prepare the
child for school, addressing the belief that academic success is linked with reduced involvement in later delinquent
behavior. Third, the skills it provides young parents foster
the development of stronger and more positive bonds between parent and child.
Key Components
I'rograms that adopt this strategy often provide both home
visits and support groups for parents. This intervention is
most effective when it is begun early in the chikl's life and
is continued through the child's enrollment in school.
Trained program staff use home visits as an opportunity
to educate parents about child development and to help
parents manage frustration and anger. The program encourages reading to the child and other educational activities to help prepare the child for school. Home visits also
include screenings to detect developmental delays so that
they can be corrected early. Support groups provide the
parents with an outlet for sharing frustrations and concerns. The strategy also provides a link to other services
that may be needed. These types of programs are best
promoted by former and present participants and are most
successful if the participation is voluntary.
Key Partnerships
ne most important partnership in this program is between the parents and the home visitor. Another key partnership is between the parents, so that they can provide
each other mutual support.
Potential Obstacles
One problem is the potential lack of trust between the
parents and the home visitor. Although most parents even-
tually trust the helpei . in cases where trust is lacking,
progress is difficult. Another obstacle is presented by parents who withdraw active support of their child's education
still young, so long-term impacts and benefits are yet to
be determined. Research studies cited by Ken Magid and
Carole A. McKelvey in High Risk: Children Without a
Conscience show that early positive social interactions
such as the ones promoted between parent and child
through this strategy decrease the likelihood of delinquent
Applying the Strategy
In St. Louis, Missouri, the Parents as 'leachers program
(PAT) focuses on families of all ages and socioeconomic
status, providing in-home visits by specially trained parents to families from before the children are born until
they reach kindergarten age. An evaluation done in 1991
by Research and Training Associates showed improved
communication between parent and child as well as a dra-
matic decrease in reported child abuse. The report also
showed an increase in resolving developmental delays
among children in participating families. The program has
now been expanded to over 1,300 sites in forty-three
states, Washington, DC, and four foreign countries.
The Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) originated in Israel to help immigrant fam-
ilies. First brought to the United States in 1984. it has
since been implemented at eighty sites, both rural and
urban, in twenty-three states. Among those sites is Monticello, Arizona. where parents have witnessed positive
overall changes in the family atmosphere.
The Center for Successful Child Development (CSCD
in the Robert Thylor Homes. a public housing community
in Chicago, Illinois, has used this strategy since 1986. In
addition to providing a community center offering day care
and social gatherings for adults and children, the center
trains former and present residents to serve as home visitors. The young children who have participated demonstrate improved social skills and readiness for school. Participating parents commented that they have been able to
develop a stronger bond with their children and say that
they have a better understanding of their child's development and needs.
350 lested Strategies to Prevent Crime
In Elmira, New York, the Home Visitation Program
uses nurses who work to develop individualized and respectful relationships with the parent(s). The program has
been effective with parents identified as high-risk participants: young, unmarried, and poor. Among that group,
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the program is credited with a 75 percent decrease in
Executive Director
Parents as 'leachers National Center
10176 Coprorate Square Drive, Suite 230
St. Louis, Missouri 63132
reports of child abuse and neglect and a 56 percent reduc-
tion in the number of visits to the emergency room for
illness or accidents.
Restitution to Victims
Requiring juveniles convicted of minor offenses to work to
make restitution to their victims reinforces the accountability of the offender and helps prevent recidivism.
addition, it is possible that offenders may view restitution
programs as an easy diversion from the juvenile iustice
system and not as a serious commitment. This challenge
can be overcome with strict sanctions against youth who
fail to cooperatt:.
Crime Problem Addressed
Signs of Success
According to the U.S. Department of Justice. over 90
percent of youth who are arrested are not charged with
A recent report by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention cited a 1991 study conducted by the
National Center for Juvenile Justice indicating that recidivism is reduced "when juveniles a)..,tree or are ordered to
pay restitution to their victims directly or through earnings derived from community service." The National Institute ofJustice has also reported on studies which reach
similar conclusions.
serious offenses. While not violent, the offenses do have
financial and other impacts on the victims. This strategy
gives the juvenile offenders an opportunity to repay the
damages caused by their crimes, teaching them that their
actions have consequences for which they must take responsibility and be accountable to the community Such
programs also tell the youth that they have skills that
someone needs. Recidivism is reduced among offenders
who make restitution to victims.
Key Components
This strategy requires the juvenile offender to work to
earn the money to make restitution to his or her victims.
It is generally used with first-time juvenile offenders con-
victed of minor crimes such as shoplifting, trespassing.
illegal possession, and simple assault. Restitution can
either be used to divert a juvenile from the justice system
or as a condition of probation. In addition to the benefit of
restitution to the victim, this strategy allows offenders to
gain job skills. Failure to attend work or make restitution
results in penalties levied against the juvenile.
Key Partnerships
Cooperation among the courts, area businesses, and local
government agencies is necessary to ensure job and service Opportunities for the juvenile offenders. Courts and
law enforcement agencies must also work with victims to
determine the restitution settlement. Parental support is
beneficial, since it helps ensure commitment from the
Potential Obstacles
A lack of support from the community and area businesses
is a potential barrier to the success of this strategN: In
Applying the Strategy
Project Payback was initiated in Portland, Oregon, in
1986. Implemented throifgh the county juvenile department and the area Boys & Girls Clubs, the program supplements minimum wage jobs with the city's water department and local businesses with privileges at the Boys
& Girls Clubs, including eligibility to participate in a substance-abuse treatment program run by the club. At the
club, participants can get involved in team sports, receive
counseling, or enjoy other activities. The project reports
that more than half of the participants earn enough money
to repay their debts within one year, retaining 40 percent
of their salary and contributing the rest to restitution.
Many participants have also returned to school and sought
additional job training.
In 1989, the rural community of Keene, New Hampshire, instituted the Earn-It restitution program through
the Juvenile Conference Committee serving Keene and
seventeen surrounding towns. The New Hampshire program is based on a model developed in 1973 by a Quincy,
Massachusetts, district court judge. This voluntary alternative for youth prevents nonviolent first offenders from
getting a juvenile record. The program manager assips
the youth a job with a nonprofit agency in the area, then
requires that the youth contact the potential employer and
interview successfully Failure to complete the job in a
timely fashion or committing another offense causes re-
moval from the program and referral back to the court.
More than 450 youth have been referred to the Earn-It
reported that only 7 of the nearly 400 juvenile offenders it
program since February 1988, with over 75 percent of the
youth successfully completing the program and 80 percent
never again appearing in juvenile court.
Probation officers in Tuscaloosa. Alabama. refer some
offenders to the County Juvenile Court Victim Restitution
Prop-am. The youth must make financial reparations to
their victims and must also perform community service
to repay the community In 1993. the Alabama program
tracked reoffended after completing the restitution pro-
Contact Information
Project Payback
Portland Boys & Girls Clubs
7602 North Emerald Street
Portland, Oregon 97217
Teen Pregnancy Prevention
Health and sex educations programs focusing on factors
that influence the onset of sexual activity help discourage
young people from early sexual involvement, reducing the
likelihood of teenage pregnancy and the high risk of child
abuse among children of teen parents.
Crime Problem Addressed
The Children's Defense Fund estimates that every day in
the United States, 8.400 teenagers become sexually ac-
tive, 1.340 teenagers have babies, and 1,115 teenagers
have abortions. This strategy aims to prevent several
types of crime. li.enagers, particularly those under sixteen. are generally not mature enough to rear children.
The immaturity of young, unprepared parents can lead to
neglect and abuse if they do not know how to respond to
the child's behaviors and development or do not understand
the long-term consequences of their actions. Neglect and
abuse can cause the child to become socially "unattached"
and more aggressive toward others. By helping prevent
teenage pregnancy, this strategy is effective in helping
prevent both child abuse and the violent crimes committed
by adults who were abused as children.
Key Components
Traditional education techniques that instruct teens on the
physical implications of sexual activity have not been exceptionally successful at reducing teenage pregnancy In
contrast, the key to this strategy is discussion with teens
about their reasons for becoming sexually active and potential lifelong consequences of having sex. Through such
positive relationships between the two. This strategy is
enhanced if it remains flexible enough to accommodate
discussions about the students' concerns and allows some
deviation from the prepared lessons. For example. many
teens become sexually active in an attempt to till an emo-
tional void or because they think it is vital to attaining
popularity: therefore, addressing self-esteem and societal
influences is also valuable.
Key Partnerships
The key partnership exists between the teens and the
adults who lead discussions and present the curriculum.
That relationship must foster the trust required for youth
to discuss these sensitive issues openly Teachers or other
adults must also foster cooperative relationships among
the youth so they will feel comfortable discussing these
issues among themselves. Programs should provide extensive training for al adult leaders.
Potential Obstacles
A potential obstacle for this strategy is a lack of trust
between the group leaders and the students. The time and
money necessary to train the group leaders can present
another barrier. Also at issue is the difficulty (if getting to
the teens before they become sexually active. Once they
have initiated sexual activity it is more difficult to affect
their behavior.
Signs of Success
External and internal evaluati( nis conducted on programs
that use this strategy show that the .outh have reduced
sexual .nvo.vement, more positive attitudes about remain-
discussions, teen participants examine attitudes toward
sex, including its ilk in relationships, initiation of sexual
ing abstinent, and more positive attitudes about them-
activity as a "rite of passage," and the impact a baby maikl
have on their lifestyle. Exploring reasons to put off (ir avoid
selves in general.
In Atlanta. Georgia, Postponing Sexual Involvement, a
sexual activity is also important to the success of this
ten-session program for eighth graders, began in 1983.
This program uses eleventh- and twelfth-grade students
to help younger teens understand that sex does not have
to be a part of growing up. The peer educators, super-
strategy because it reinforces the teens' decision-making
and critical thinking skills. Interaction between students
and group leaders or teachers is beneficial in developing
350 Psted Strategies to Prevent Cri»te
vised by staff from Grady Memorial Hospital, involve the
students in discussing and thinking about what leads teen-
agers to have sex (e.g., social and peer pressures).
Through role-playing exercises. they practice how to deal
with those issues and how to respond to difficult situations. Pre-tests and post-tests are used to indicate the
students' level of sexual involvement. According to an eval-
uation appearing in the January-February 1990 issue of
film* Planning frrspectives, "by the end of eighth grade.
students who had not had the program were as much as
five times more likely to have begun having sex than were
those who had had the program." In addition, 95 percent
of those who had not had sex before the program felt it
made them more prepared to remain abstinent.
Applying the Strategy
In Chicago. Illinois, middle-school students have an op-
portunity to take part in either Peer Power for girls or
ADAM (Awareness and Development for Adolescent
Males), extracurricular programs that focus on creating
strong relationships between teens and adults and among
the teens. Teens learn reasons and ways to saN: "no," to
sex and. "yes." to a productive life. They also take field
trips to businesses and places of interest and participate
in recreational activities. After taking part in this program. twice as many participants were abstinent: among
those who were sexually active, most used birth control.
Before the program, a majority of participants believed
that having a child at sixteen would not be a problem. After
the program, a majority of participating students said they
believed in waiting until at least age twenty-two.
Project First-Class Male in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a
program of the local Urban League, promotes sexual abstinence among males twelve to eighteen years old. Counselors and volunteers emphasize family planning, self-esteem, career goals, and parenting skills for young men
who are already parents. The program serves approxi-
mately 150 youth each year and reports an 85 percent
success rate in preventing new pregnancies in partners of
Contact Information
GraLy Memorial Hospital
Teen Services Program
Box 26158
80 Butler Street. S. E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30335-3801
Parental Involvement Programs
provides information about sources of alcohol and
drugs: and
Programs and mechanisms that incorporate parental involvement in raising drug-free children help reduce drug
use and strengthen community antidrug norms.
supports parents who are trying to keep their children
Crime Problem Addressed
will not permit young people to bring alcohol or other drugs
In some communities, parents sign a pledge that they
When drug infonuation and antidrug behaviors learned at
schmil are ISA reinforced at home. young peciple are mcire
likely to turn to substance abuse.
into their homes. Some parent programs also teach effective parenting skills.
Key Components
Parents should work in partnership with the youth themselves, school personnel, law enforcement, communityservice providers, and other residents in the community
The most important components of a parent-based stnitegy for drug prevention are factual education and support
from other parents or community groups. Parent drug
prevention efforts should include education about the signs
and symptoms of drug use and information about drug
paraphernalia. Parents should also be aware of resources
in the c(immunity if they are concerned that their children
might be invcilved with alcohol (4: other drugs. An eft-, live
parent program:
strives to strengthen communication between parents
and children:
supports parents who refuse to allow alcohol or other
drugs at parties:
Key Partnerships
who observe young people in after-school or evening activ-
ities. In some communities, youth organization leaders
and athletic coaches have worked effectively with parents
interested in combating youth drug use.
Potential Obstacles
Denial is a serious barrier in the effort to help parents
whose children are involved with alcohol and other drugs.
Additionally, some parents mq judge others, creating hostility within the parent support group. These barriers can
be addressed through the expertise of trained family counselors or drug abuse prevention specialists who are effective in communicating without expressing judgment.
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Signs of Success
In Adolescents at Risk, J. D. Dryfoos reviews the success
of adolescent drug prevention programs and concludes that
the availability and involvement of a caring adult in a parenting role is the "hallmark of effective prevention programs."
Project Info in Whittier, California, puts this strategy
to use by working closely with youth and family members
of youth who show early warning signs of drug or alcohol
abuse. Initially a research project, the program now provides direct services. A recent evaluation highlighted a 4
percent recidivism rate for youth participants.
and prevention materials, teaching basic parent-child communication skills and techniques, and helping resolve prob-
lems that arise with drug use.
The Parents' Communication Network of Minnesota
connects more than 10.000 families in the state with news-
letters and other printed materials addressing problems
with alcohol and other drug use, parenting skills, guidelines and restrictions for parties, and other issues that are
of concern to parents of elementary and teenage children.
The network also keeps parents apprised of effective antidrug education curricula, legislative efforts to prevent
problems with substance use, state and national resources
in drug prevention, and health issues.
Applying the Strategy
Contact Information
In Houston, the Self-Help for African People through Ed-
Program Coordinator
Parents' Communication Network of Minnesota
National Federation of Parents for Drug-Free Nbuth
PO. Box 24392
ucation (SHAPE) program formed a Parent Awareness
Network (PAN) to unite the community in the tight against
drugs and crime and to improve neighborhood conditions.
With help from local schools, the parents met weekly at
the schools and at a housing development and signed a
pledge to work in partnership to keep their children drugfree.
The Scott Newman Center, headquartered in California.
has been part of a strong movement to increase parental
awareness of drug problems and how they affect families.
The Center's program Neighborhoods in Action assists
existing neighborhood groups by providing drug education
Apple Valley, Minnesota 55121
Neighborhoods in Acti(ni
Scott Newman Foundation
6255 Sunset Boulevard
Suite 1906
Los Angeles, California 99028
Adults as Mentors
Caring adults who serve as mentors to at-risk youth build
resiliency and academic skills in those youth, helping prevent juvenile delinquency.
Crime Problem Addressed
Recent youth development research highlights the importance of the consistent presence of a caring adult in helping
prevent juvenile delinquency and increasing school success
and social development. Adult mentors are a stable source
of encouragement and support. communicating values and
providing models of dedication and dependability vital to
jects, teaching practical life and job preparation skills, and
informal counseling and discussion with youth through social interaction.
Referred in many cases by local services agencies,
churches, schools or juvenile courts, mentors are carefully
screened to ensure they are appropriate and stable role
models and to match them with particular youth in need
of assistance. Mentors bring a number of qualities to the
relationship with the youth, including specific skills or interests in common with the youth, experience or aptitude
to help the youth with specific school performance prob-
lems, and long-standing positive ties to the community
and its institutions. In most cases, attempts are made to
match youth with a mentor of the same gender. race, and
cultural background.
Key Components
Volunteer adult mentors are often recruited by schools and
community-based youth service agencies from a variety
of sources, including churches and senior citizen organizations. Mentors are traditionally assigned 0) work ncon-one with a single student, and they are often involved
in educational assistance such as tutoring in specific sub-
Key Partnerships
Community service groups, youth-serving organizatit
churches, synagogues, and schools that sponsor mentor
programs use their own membership networks to recruit
adult mentors from within the communities where the
youth live. Religious or culturally based organizations ( Alen
350 Tested Strategies to Prevent Crime
add particular values education components to their programming to reinforce their beliefs and standards for the
One to One (0T0) is a national organization that sponsors mentoring programs in localities across the country
development of youth. Local government agencies, in many
Founded in 1989 by a group of educators, business people,
and philanthropists. OTO matched over 2,500 youth with
mentors during 1993, brokered mentoring program partnerships with over 300 businesses and created a program
of investment accounts to give over 150 youth a start as
entrepreneurs. Most recently OTO, BB:BS, the Points of
Light Foundation. and Cities in Schools have entered into
a mentoring program partnership sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
cases the school system, sponsor programs or provide
rneeting space to youth and mentors as a means of enhancing the chances for that youth to achieve academic
success through the tutoring the mentor provides. In some
cities, mentors are selected from senior citizen groups or
older members of religious congregations as a way of
bridging understanding and support between age groups.
Potential Obstacles
Sustained commitment and participation of qualified adult
volunteers is vital to the success of youth mentor programs. As most participating youth have experienced broken commitments, sustained adult commitment is essential. Busy community residents may find it difficult to make
the commitment to dedicate the time and effort needed to
support youth effectively. Some adults may be turned off
by the extensive nature of volunteer screening processes
in more elaborate and established programs. Also, it may
be difficult for mentors to provide all of the support that
some youth need, so supportive service agen-
cies and community organizations are very important.
Raining mentors how to recognize needs of youth and
work with school or service agency case managers can
help address these issues.
Signs of Success
In a 1989 nationwide poll about mentoring programs conducted by Lou Harris and Associates. 73 percent of par-
ticipants said their mentor had helped them raise their
expectations azid 59 percent said their grades had improved.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America (BB BS) is the
oldest established youth mentoring program in the United
States. In operation for over ninety years, the national
organization oversees over fifty RBl3S agencies in the fifty
states and the District of Columbia. In 1992 alone, over
60,000 youth were matched with adult mentors. Evaluations and anecdotal comments from youth and adult participants rate the program as very successful in helping
youth and providing positive service opportunities for
Applying the Strategy
Cherokee County Schools in South Carolina established a
mentoring program in 1992 in response to concerns about
high dropout rates and serious problems with alcohol and
other drug abuse among students. Community groups.
businesses, the school, and law enforcement have all recruited adults as mentors, providing assistance to twice
the number of youth as in the first year of the program.
When interviewed, the student participants revealed that
the mentors helped them improve their confidence levels
and their self-esteem.
The Fairfax County (Virginia) Juvenile and Domestic
Relations District Court Services recently implemented a
mentoring program to help court-involved youth prepare
for positive and productive lives in their communities. The
mentors in this program act as a liaison to court counselors, the youth's family and the school system. They help
the youth improve school performance. set goals for postsecondary education and job training, and locate employment. The Volunteer Sponsor Program has actively and
successfully recruited African-American, Latino, and
Asian adults as mentorsan important strategy since
more than one-third of court-involved youth come from
those cultural backgrounds.
Contact Information
Vice President for Communications
One to One Partnerships, Inc.
2801 M Street, Y.W
Washington, DC 20007
Rites of Passage Training
Crime Problem Addressed
Community-based faith institutions and other organizations help prevent juvenile delinquency and reinforce the
community's sense of appropriate values by providing
"rites of passage" and life skills training for at-risk youth.
Research on juvenile delinquency identifies a number of
risk and protective factors that contribute to the likelihood
a juvenile will be delinquent or that help prevent that same
youth from falling prey to negitive influences or individu-
als. Specifically, youth development literature points to a
belief in self and a sense of optimism and faith (including
religious) in what the future holds for them as key factors
in creating resilient youth. Life skills training in social
development, personal goal setting, and values eflucation
can help bolster these resiliency factors in youth.
Key Components
So-called "rites of passage- training is one method used
by some community-based and religious organizations to
provide African-American males with a base of skills and
role models for pro-social and positive behavior consistent
with community standards. Based on African cultural tra-
ditions of important lessons and skills which must be
learned at key stages in life, such programsoften implemented through local religious organizationsinclude
mentoring by adults, tutoring, informal counseling, and
specific training and values-based education .n life skills
The training typically involves several components, including the following:
Signs of Success
There are few formal evaluation data on programs using
this strategy. However, many communities and religious
organizations believe in their value and have incorporated
such training into regular programs for youth.
Project Image is a confederation of twenty Chicago
churches providing rites of passage training to 'hundreds
of youth through cooperative partnerships with area
schools. Role models from the churches assist young African-American males between the ages of eight and eighteen, individpals who are considered at risk of engaging in
delinquent behavior or dropping out of school. Over the
years, the number of churches, schools, mentor volunteers
and youth participants has steadily increased, as has the
enthusiasm for the effectiveness of the services it offers.
Anecdotal comments of participants praise the program's
ability to use trusted community volunteers to provide atrisk youth with comprehensive life skills training and guidance on building a positive connection to the community
and its values.
Applying the Strategy
spirituality and valuesunderstanding the basis
for ethical rules and appropriate social behavior:
values clarificationresponding to societal influ-
The Jane Boyd Harambee House in Cedar Rapids. Iowa,
operates a rites of passage training program similar to
Project Image. Focused on building participants self-es-
ences, which tend to reinforce violence and other negative
social behavior; stressed as a natural component of religious instruction:
teem and sense of personal responsibility, the training has
been very successful. Viuth involved have improved their
academic performance and reported positive changes in
their family relationships.
money managementemphasizing the importance
Sisters in Spiritin Omaha. Nebraskais a mentoring
program that reaches out to African-American females
of planning for the future through legitimate employment:
who are eleven to fifteen N'ears old. Women from the com-
munity present rites of passage training, which they be-
health and hygienepreventing pregnancy and
AIDS, the role of personal hygiene in health, and the health
effects of violence.
lieve is very helpful in empowering young teens with skills
to cope successfully with their transition into adulthood.
The program also emphasizes community involvement and
cult..tral awareness.
Key Partnerships
Contact Information
Key partnerships generally involve church or other community members who help identify youth in need of services and adults who can deliver skills training and support
youth making difficult transitions through adolescence.
Project Image
765 East 69th Place
Chicago. II, 69637
Community-Based Support for Domestic Violence Victims
Community-based counseling and support services help
victims of domestic violence understand their rights under
the law and pnivide refuge and services, helping t( prevent
additicinal instances of victimization.
Crime Problem Addressed
Recent statistics indicate that domestic violence is a growing national problem. According to research cited by the
National League of Cities. nearly 509 women across the
350 Tested Strategies to Prevent Crime
country are battered every two hours, and women who
stay in violent relationships are at a 75 percent greater
risk of being killed by the batterer than those who leave
the relationship. Children of those families are also at
significant risk. hctors associated with domestic violence
often include adults with alcohol and other drug abuse
problems, poor relationship and communication skills, and
a past history of violent behavioi . hctors that can contribute to battered partners (usually women) staying in physically abusive relationships include economic dependence
and fear of their partners.
Key Components
Community-based domestic violence prevention and intervention programs typically offer victims and their children
a variety of emergency services to meet their needs for
housing, child care, food, medical assistance, and crisis
intervention. These groups help prevent additional cases
of domestic violence by providing counseling and information on self-protection and prevention and referrals for legal
services as needed. Community-based groups also work
with police and the court system to protect victims and
ensure that offenders are prosecuted. Programs for victims are most effective when community service agencies,
legal institutions, and public safety officials cooperate in
addressing the needs of individual victims and advocating
solutions that provide them protection.
Key Partnerships
Community-based victims services or woolen's organizations often focus on providing services to domestic vio-
lence victims and coordinating with the legal system to
ensure that batterers are prosecuted. Counselors and
other health professionals and volunteers provide group
and individual counseling, referral to medical services, and
crisis hotlines. Community service organizations also
work with victims who wish to tile charges against their
batterers, educating them on the criminal justice process.
reporting procedures, and self-protection. Trained law enforcement and court personnel. sometimes from special
domestic violence or family units, help victims tile criminal
complaints and obtain restraining orders.
Potential Obstacles
Victims of domestic abuse are often afraid of the batterer.
unaware of services available to help them and their chil-
dren. and embarrassed to admit that they are victims of
abuse. The victims often have to be persuaded that alternative and more positive living circumstances exist and
that they can pursue legal action against the ()ft-ender. Pn)-
grams administered through onnmunit y service ()rganizations have difficulty keeping up with the demand lor
emergency shelter and medical services. It is particularly
difficult to retain volunteers for cimnseling and adv()cacy
assistance and to obtain funding for services.
Signs of Success
Countless community-based organizations provide services to victims of domestic violence. The King County
(Washington) Department of Judicial Administration has.
for many years, provided a coordinated court system, law
enforcement, and community services response to domestic violence in that region, advocating for victims and
referring them to a full range of services. In Philadelphia.
Pennsylvania, the police department and district attorney's
office provide services to over 15,000 victims annually
through the Women Against Abuse program.
In addition, local and state governments across the
country have passed legislation and established programs
to protect and support victims and potential victims. In
1994, the National League of Cities' Women in Municipal
Government caucus affirmed the value of communitybased victims' services programs and asserted that court,
health. public safety personnel, and local elected officials
should be trained to understand the dynamics of don testic
violence and assist strategies.
Applying the Strategy
Mujeres Latinas en AcciOn (Latin Women in Action) Domestic Violence Program in Chicago provides information
and referrals to police, emergency shelter for women and
their children, court advocacy programs, education about
the victims' rights within the court system. Spanish-lan-
guage educational materials and support groups, community education and advocacN; child care, and crisis hot-
lines for Latina women on the city's west side. The
organization is an important community-based resource
for victims who might not otherwise be aware of available
services because of language and transportation barriers.
The Quincy. Massachusetts. municipal court system
designed a strict pretrial probation and drug treatment
program for batterers and developed procedures for informing victims of the array of services available to help
them cope with the physical and emotional trauma of
abuse. In the three years since the program has been in
effect. many more women have pursued abuse claims
through the court and more abusers have completed treatment or substance abuse programs. In addition, Quincy
experienced no homicides related to domestic violence in
1991 or 1992, while neighboring jurisdictions without
these programs experienced more than a dozen in the
same Nvars.
Contact Information
Mujeres Latinas en AcciOn
Quincy District Court
Domestic Violence Pnigram
1823 West 17th Street
Chicago. Illin us 60608
Date Violence Prevention for Teens
Signs of Success
Dating education and date violence prevention programs
The Dating Violence Intervention Project in Canthridge.
Massachusetts. began in 1988 through collaborative effort
between a successful local treatment program for male
batterers and an emergency shelter and support program
for battered women. The program providers were concerned that the violent behavior they witnessed had become entrenched, beginning in teenage relationships and
help prevent domestic violence within teen and young-adult
Crime Problem Addressed
Women in the United States are more likely to be victimized through assault, battery rape. or homicide by a cur-
rent or former male partner than by all other offenders
combined. "lens of thousands of women. including youth.
receive treatment for injuries resulting from such abuse.
Patterns leading to violence that are developed in teen and
young adult relationships are very likely to repeat over
time if young women fail to develop communication skills.
conflict management skills, and self-esteem. In this strateg y. communities attempt to prevent the establishment of
negative patterns leading to violence.
Key Components
The primary goal of dating violence prevention and intervention projects is to discourage young women from iccepting violent and emotionally abusive treatment in their
interpersonal relationships. Typically delivered to teens
through cooperation between school systems and community service groups, these programs include curricula
on identifying abusive behavior counseling and discussi( in
sessions about situations that can lead to violence, and
training in effective communication. Some programs also
use peer education.
Key Partnerships
being reinforced over time. Since then, the program
now offered in high schools in the Boston areahas become a model for similar efforts in many parts of the
The pioneering Dating Violence Prevention Project has
developed into a full-service and education program for
area teens. The services it provides include the following:
training through school assemblies and information ses-
sions around the theme "Respectit can't be beatl":
mini-courses on communication and conflict management skills:
hotlines and other counseling support services:
peer leader programs for students trained to educate
other youth; and
training for school staff to identify signs of abuse among
the student population.
Students and staff uniformly report that the program
has been effective in helping students recognize an abusive
relationship and to cope with abuse.
Community service organizations that support domestic
violence victims are increasingly providing early education
and support services to teens who are just beginning to
date. These organizations deliver crisis counseling and
support services, and they often help school districts develop curriculum modules on communication and c(intlict
management skills and dealing with abusive behavior. Local health, public safety, and counseling professionals are
often involved in programs targeted to teen dating violence
prevention, providing counseling, crisis management, and
medical services.
Potential Obstacles
Applying the Strategy
The Fresh Start Program in the south suburbs of Chicago
is operated by a youth-serving community-based agency
and provides training sessions for teens, including discussion sessions and role plays.
Additional resources for teen dating vi(ilence preventiim
programs include the king County (Washington) Rape Relief organization, the Southern California Coalition Against
Domestic Violence (in Santa Monica), and the Minnesota
Coalition Against Domestic Violence (in St. Paul). Each
organization 1mA:ides dating violence prevention services
and related inf()rniati(ni.
As with their adult counterparts, teen victims of dating
violence are often reluctant to seek assistance and embarrassed to admit that they have been abused. In addition.
y(iung women lackiilg communication skills and not understanding abusive behavior may not realize that they arc in
an abusive situation. This situation is prevalent am( ing
youth who c(ime from families where violence and abuse
are the norms of behavior within adult relationships.
Contact Information
Dating Violence Prevention Pr( iject
P. D. Box 530
I larvard Square Station
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02238
350 Psted Strategies to Prerent Cfinie
Community-Based Parent Education and Support
Community-based parent education and support systems
enhance parents' knowledge of ways that they can support
the development of their children. Through a tOcus on
c(imbimtion of kical gtivernment. community foundat
and corporate resources.
Potential Obstacles
family management and problem-solving skills and referrals
Recruiting families into the programs can be difficult.
to other needed services. families whose children are at
risk can help those youth avoid later problems with delin-
since those with serious management problems and service needs are sometimes reluctant to seek assistance.
Information about available services can be conununicated
through community-based newspapers. newsletters. public events, or schools: these means can help to educate
parents about how those services could be helpful to them.
Another challenge is encouraging parents to take a larger
role in designing effective programs. In addition, maintaining funding support for such programs is a constant concern.
Crime Problem Addressed
Lack of family management and communication skills, as
well as literacy and chronic employment problems. make
effective parenting difficult, particularly in impoverished
communities. Communities that assist parentsby providing education and training in communication skills.
counseling services, referrals to job training, and housing
assistancehelp those families transfer skills to their children. preventing delinquency and family violence.
Key Components
Conununity-based programs that adopt this strategy typically deliver a comprehensive array of services, including
the following:
parent-education classes in child development:
skill building and educational enhancement programs
for children:
communication and family management training:
literacy classes: and
refen-al to job training, housing assistance, and other
Signs of Success
The Avance (Progress) program in San :Thtonio. Texas,
was established in 1972. one of the first programs of its
kind in the nation. Avance now serves thousands of individuals annually. at six sites located throughout the city.
Supported by a variety of local government, federal, and
corporate sources. Avance is nationally recoghized as a
model of a community-based program supporting chikl
development, family literac y. and child abuse prevention.
Avance's Even Start program focusing on family literacy
and parenting education is a national demonstration model
Applying the Strategy
By 1991. Maryland's Friends of the Familya network of
community-based drop-in centers for familieshad grown
from four to thirteen centers. providing services to more
than 3.000 families each year. .A primary focus of the
Maryland program is Family Start, an intensive eltiirt that
supports 120 low-income families in Baltimore in fostering
their chiklren's potential and achieving economic independence.
Key Partnerships
The most effective community pnigrams using this strategy V.1 wk in partnership with a variety of micial service
agencies and schools to design programs and coordinate
services for families. The pnigram provider also wt irks
with ()ther community groups to publicize the services and
recruit families to the program. using commtuUty nmspapers and newsletters to advertise support availabk.
families. The programs are typically based in neighborhood centers in econonUcally deprived communities with
significant crime pn iNems, problms often related ti family violence and youth delinquency. The (1)inimmity organizatic ins that deliver the services are often funded by a
Connecticut's Department of Children and Youth Services supports fifteen Parent Education and Support Centers throughout the state. An independent evaluat i in ot
the centers demonstrated that participating parents gained
increased confidence in their parenting skills and reported
significant reductions in family (1 inflicts.
Contact Information
Executive Director
Avance Educational l'rograms for Parents and Chiklren
31)1 South Frio Road
San Antonio. -Ii!xas 782(17
Intensive Intervention To Prevent Foster Care Placement
Signs of Success
Families at risk of having a child removed from the home
due to neglect, abuse, or delinquent behavior benefit from
intensive intervention to prevent delinquency associated
with the youth's disconnection from family structures.
Maryland's Intensive Family Services (IFS) system has
been in operation for several years, employing a social
worker and parent aide to deliver two to three months of
intensive and emergency support to families throughout
the state. Rimilies at risk of having one or more children
placed in foster care volunteer to participate. receiving
parenting training, counseling, and emergency assistance
with rent, food, and medical care as needed. In recent
Crime Problem Addressed
Research 'shows that lack of consistent family discipline
and support are contributing factors to delinquent behavior. In addition, the readjustment of adjudicated youth to
life in their communities is more successful when they can
return to a supportive family environment than when they
are placed in foster care or other out-of-home placement.
Out-of-home placement should be a last resort, used only
when the dysfunction in the family cannot be repaired
years, over 90 percent of children participating in the pro-
gram have avoided foster-care placement. a figure that
improved in the year after families received services
through the state-supported program. Moreover, significant cost benefits have been achieved: a "normal" place-
ment in foster care costs $11,500 per year per child.
whereas IFS spends only $2.400 per family.
Key Components
Applying the Strategy
Programs using this strategy most often involve the cooperative efforts of a number of mental health and other
local government social agencies and the juvenile justice
system. Youth are referred to the services of a community-based program by the court system because of abuse
or delinquent behavior and a belief that the family is not
equipped to support and care for the youth adequately.
The Walbridge Caring Communities Program in Wal-
Family assistance includes counseling all family members.
mentoring the parents, teaching communication skills,
identifying community support systems, and (for some
families) providing funds to meet emergency housing and
food needs. These services are typically delivered by a
combination of social workers. parent aides, and representatives from other local government agencies.
Key Partnerships
Social workers and other family support professionals
must work closely with juvenile and family court personnel
who refer families and juveniles to the foster-care system.
Community-based organizations often provide centers for
program activities, including respite-dare facilities for use
by parents and juveniles on an emergency basis.
Potential Obstacles
In the recent past, the typical response of the court system and social services agencies to family crises involving
abused children and delinquent y(sith had been referral to
out-of-home placement, often long-term foster care. Now,
in cases where the family management problems can be
resolved, intensive services help repair and preserve fam-
ily structures. Court and social services systems programmed to refer youth to ( iut-of-h(nue placement must
he educated about the beneficial effects of intensive serices for preserving families and savings available to the
I government when the cost of these services is compal cd to f(ister-care placement.
bridge. Missouri, assists African-American families in the
area through a collaboration of local education, mental
health, and related services agencies. Using an Afrocentric approach to family counseling, the program has helped
participating families keep children in school, improve academic achievement, and prevent foster-care placement of
hundreds of children. Prevention services include culturally oriented educational presentations, employment and
parenting programs for parents, respite child care for
stressed parents, and preemployment training for adults.
Intervention services include drug abuse and other counseling services and intensive in-home therapy for families.
Family Preservation Services of Nevada serves families
referred by the child protection and juvenile justice systems in that state. With funding from a combination of
federal, state. and local government sources, the program
seeks to empower families to provide adequate and safe
care for children by supporting the families' strengths and
helping them identify solutions to family conflict and man-
agement problems. The intensive in-home services are
offered to families on the philosophy that children's emotional and physical needs are best met within their families
whenever those situations can be made safe and supporting. The Idaho Youth Ranch provides similar services to
residents of that state.
Contact Information
Fern Blake
Social Services Administration
Department of I luman Resources
311 West Saratoga Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
350 7ested Strategies to Prevent Crime
Youth-Designed and Youth-Led Community Service
Nbuth-designed and youth-led community service programs teach specific skills and prevent delinquency by providing youth opportunities to bond with and improve their
In many communities. schools play a vital role as the
mobilizing and organizing force in youth community services programs, sometimes requiring community service
as a condition of graduating from high school. In addition,
local government and corporate leaders often play a role,
identifying possible service projects or long-term CM-
Crime Problem Addressed
munity service opportunities for youth.
One of the key components of a youth's development toward an independent and productive adulthood is bonding
Potential Obstacles
with society and society's institutions. That bonding is
more likely to occur when youth recognize their stake in
society and how their specific contribution can improve
the conditions of others in the community. Youth with
positive connections to their community a stake in its
future, and enhanced academic and job-readiness skills are
better protected against community risk factors they may
face growing up.
Key Components
Key to the success of youth community services programs
is youth participation in designing, selecting, and implementing projects, including those that offer opportunities
to learn specific skills. Successful youth services programs also support themes noted in youth development
literature as most directly correlated to resilience to violence and delinquency, including the following:
a sense of control over some aspect of their lives;
a sense of altruism and caring for others and the community;
Many adults, including local gc)vernment and conmiunity
leaders, do not recognize the capacity of youth to design
and lead community service projects. These adult leaders
must be educated to involve youth in decision-making on
community service and other local programs that affect
Signs of Success
The importance of community service in developing positive social attitudes has recently been highlighted by the
public safety component of the National Community Services Trust Act. One program model for that initiative is
Youth as Resources (VAR), a project begun by the National
Crime Prevention Council in 1987 and now in use in more
than forty localities in the United States. Through VAR.
youth choose the community problems on which they will
work, design programs in conjunction with adults in nonprofit and community organizations, and present their approaches to a central board composed of teens and adults.
Then, with funding, the youth carry out and assess the
impact of the projects.
VAR has been successful in a variety of contexts, in-
cluding schools, .community-based organizations. and
youth detention facilities. In Fort Wayne, Indiana. students
consistent presence of a caring adult:
belief in themselves; and
optimism and faith in what the future holds for them.
Key Partnerships
Key partnerships in youth services learning programs
must be formed among the following:
adults, who mentor youth participants and provide proj-
ect support when needed;
youth volunteers, who take on leadership roles in designing and delivering service projects; and
community-based organizations or local government
agencies, which coordinate community service programs
and recruit youth volunteers and adult mentors.
produced a video on the effects of drug abuse on users.
their families, and their friends. Young men at an Indianapolis group home serving delinquent males renovated a
run-down park and playground equipment in the neighborhood. YAR has recently expanded to offer service opportunities to youth in public-housing communities in major
Longitudinal evaluations of VAR demonstrate that two
to four Nvars after participation. youth identified themselves as strong supporters of voluntarism. as well-con-
nected to their comimmity, and as more focus( ,md
thoughtful in their personal and educational goals. The
VAR programs evaluated in juvenile-care settings documented the program's efficacy as a change agent for youth
and institutions. VAR also positively influenced prosocial,
antidelinquency attitudes and beliefs, including self-esteem, altruism, and bonding with the community.
Applying the Strategy
Seeking an outlet for its research, the National Center for
Service Learning in Adolescence developed the Early Adolescent Helper Program. This youth emphyment and service program began in New York City in 1982 and is now
located in more than twenty schools as a course or club
activity Students work with younger children as helpers
in child-care centers, as partner helpers for the elderly in
senior-care facilities, and in other related projects. Community service activities are supplemented by weekly educational seminars for youth participants ages twelve to
seventeen. The center considers the "structured reflection" of the weekly seminars key to enabling students to
learn from their service experiences. While assuming
these responsibilities, students also improve their academic performance. increase their self-esteem, and develop positive relationships in the community
Contact Information
National Center for Service Learning in Adolescence
Center for Advanced Study in Education
Graduate School and University Center of the City
iJniversity of New York
25 West 43rd Street, Suite 612
New York, New York 10036-8099
Schools as Community Resource Centers
Key Partnerships
Schools that serve as a resource center to students and
their families during non-school 1.1u.ars help build positive
Community organizations and schools work with residents
to identify community needs and design the array of ser-
partnerships between the community and the school system. Such partnerships foster the bonding of student and
parent to the school and help ensure a supportive learning
vices available through the school. The school officials
must coordinate with each participating organization to
design services, locate resources to support the center,
and track the services provided and referrals to outside
Crime Problem Addressed
agencies. Parents and other neighborhood leaders must be
involved in decisions about the center's priorities and hours
of operation.
Research noted in the U.S. Department of Education's
1994 report Strong Families. Strong Schools: Building
Potential Obstacles
Community l'artnerships lOr lAwrning shows that "greater
family involvement in children's learning is a critical link to
achieving a high-quality education and a safe, disciplined
learning environment for every student.
The coordination of community agencies and city-sponsored service providers in consideration of the commu-
Key Components
helps maximize existing resources and helps convey to the
comnnmity the school's and other agencies' investment in
responding to the community's needs.
A variety of nonprofit private and local government entities
have established schools in their comnmnities as support
centers for youth and their families. They focus ri coordinating services available through conummity organiza-
tions, provide direct education support services to students, and host community meetings before, during, and
after school hours. They seek to prevent student dropouts,
build relationships among parents in the neighborhood and
with school administrators, increase parents' involvement
in the community. and provide a safe location for health
education and employnlent services for parents. They connect students with mentors, (.1 unsel them on careers and
about peer pressure, offer sports activities and classes in
creative arts, and promote comnmnity service. l'he programs make best use of the school building and promote
the school as a resource and a center of community activity
nity's need can be challenging. Effective coordination
Signs of Success
Cities in Schools (CIS)one of the nation's largest nonprofit school-serving organizationsis dedicated to educational support, violence prevention, networking social
services for families and youth, and helping students make
a successful transition from school to work. Established
in 1977, CIS now serves over 175.000 students and families annually in 264 communities in nearly thirty states.
Several states have initiated CIS programs, providing
training and other support to communities in the prtigrain.
The program estimates that it facilitates efficient use of
over 70,1m0 school and social agency staff hours every
350 Tested Strategies to Prevent Crime
Applying the Strategy
The city-sponsored Beacon School initiative in New York
City serves the communities and student populations at
37 programs in all five boroughs of the city. The sites are
managed by community-based organizations, which subcontract with other groups to provide services in response
to needs articulated by parents and students: The organizing group coordinates design of services through a com-
munity advisory board, including school officials, residents, and service groups. There are a range of programs
provided at the schools (primarily elementary schools) during extended hours including:
family activities;
narcotics anonymous meetings:
workshops for young parents.
A typical Beacon School is open and available to the
community for 200 percent more hours than a traditional
school. There is at least one Beacon school in each community school district in the city. Access to needed services and additional guidance from supportive adults has
built positive attitudes in youth from Beacon School communities. The success yf the program has leveraged support from foundations and the private sector.
Contact Information
Cities in Schools
1326 Fifth Avenue, Suite 808
Seattle, Washington 98101
a health clinic;
Project Manager
New York City Department of Youth Services
44 Court Street
conflict resolution workshops;
Brooklyn, New York 11201
homework help:
job training; and
Law-Related Crime Prevention Education With Community Action
Comprehensive classroom instruction in crime prevention
can build awareness among youth and increase their understanding of the impact of crime on individuals and the
community Where it is supplemented by action in service
to the community, it reinforces positive behavior and
choices by youth.
Crime Problem Addressed
Many teens are stih unaware that they are the age group
most often victimized by crime. Many do not know they
can help protect themselves and the communities in which
they live. leens, like most adults, often do not fully com-
prehend the impact that crime has on the community as
well as on individual victims. Without that knowledge,
teens, adults, and communities are at increased risk of
the importance of reporting crime;
developing skills to resolve conflict through nonviolent
means: and
facts about preventing specific types of crime.
Even more effective, in terms of impact in the commuis an action-oriented component that supplements
classroom work. The classroom education helps build
knowledge and change attitudes. The action component
engages youth in translating the classroom knowledge into
positive crime prevention behaviors.
Key Partnerships
School-based programs should coordinate with community
victimization by crime.
crime prevention groups, health professionals, law enforcement, and other local resources to expose students
Key Components
to positive community leaders and opportunities for community service.
Comprehensive classroom instruction in crime prevention
can build awareness among youth if it includes information
on the following:
the impact of crime on individuals and neighborhoods:
Potential Obstacles
Students attitudes and behaviors are shaped by many
influences that extend beyond the school environment. Key
to the success of curriculum programs is providing students with skills to apply communication and decisionmaking skills to their lives in and out of school.
of the risks and nature of victimization. ways to prevent
crime and how to assist victims.
Applying the Strategy
Signs of Success
The Law-Related Education Program for Adjudicated
In 1985, the National Crime Prevention Council and the
National Institute for Citizen Education in the Law com-
Youth in Meade County South Dakota, focuses on providing programs for "low-ability" readers, developing curriculum materials targeted to high-risk youth, and integrating
back into the community youth who have been adjudicated
bined to empower teens to make themselves and their
communities -. fer, founding the Teens, Crime, and the
Community FCC) program. ICC offers students in
grades seven through twelve comprehensive classroom
instruction, in an infusion format, on a variety of crime
prevention topics. ICC also encourages students to develop crime prevention projects for their school or community These projects have included violence prevention
education campaigns, service to a victim assistance
group, and formation of school-based crime watch groups.
Since its inception, TCC has been implemented in more
than forty states, reaching over 500,000 youth through
school and community-based programs.
An independent 1992 evaluation of TCC in ten Iowa
schools revealed that the program helped prevent delinquent behavior in students by affecting their "belief in
ethical rules, their attitude toward associating with delinquency-prone peers. self-reporting behaviors." and their
sense of altruism. Key to these changes were cooperative
learning, participation in a chosen project, and connection
with community resources through the action projects. In
addition, students in nearly every TCC program evaluated
from 1989 to 1992 demonstrated an increased knowledge
by and diverted from the juvenile justice system. The
program coordinates court, probation. law enforcement,
drug treatment, and school personnel on behalf of the
students. The program won the state's award for best
curriculum in 1992. It has since been replicated in several
other school districts throughout the state.
Contact Information
Teens, Crime, and the Community
National Crime Prevention Council
1700 K Street, NW
2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20006
202-466-6272, ext. 155
Statistical Analysis Center
South Dakota Attorney General's Task Force on Drugs
SOO East Capitol Avenue
Pierre. South Dakota 57501
Crisis Hotlines
Key Components
A network of anonymous and widely available crisis hotline
Community organizations that serve targeted populations
such as teens or parents network with service providers
and recruit volunteers to make information available to
individuals in need. Programs offer a variety of services,
including crisis hotlines. support groups, resource infor-
counseling and support services helps youth or adult
clients with the challenges of peer pressure. stress, substance abuse, violent behavior, and fears which result from
mation, counseling services, and health care. Wunteers
Crime Problem Addressed
Parents stressed by child rearing and youth feeling isolated
from peers or family members both need the support of
caring professionals and volunteers who can provide coun-
seling and related services. Since the services focus on
improving relationships and choosing healthy behaviors.
the pr()granis help address risk of delinquency among
youth and increase the ability of parents to deal with their
children in healthy mnivii)lent ways.
who work on the hothnes and facilitate discussh Hi gnaws
are trained by social service and health care agency staff.
Key Partnerships
This strategy requires coordination of service providers
to receive referrals and offer assistance to individuals in
need. Public education resources coordinated to publicize
services ensure that individuals or families in need are
aware of thc support available to them.
350 Tested Strategies to Prevent Crime
Potential Obstacles
Locating the resources required to adequately screen and
train volunteers can present a challenge for crisis support
services. Many programs recruit former recipients of such
services and train them to support others in need.
Signs of Success
Parents Anonymous is a statewide, grassroots network of
volunteers who assist parents with parenting challenges.
The free counseling and support services include discussion groups, crisis hotlines. and educational materials .011
parenting. The services focus on building communication
skills. decreasing the isolation of parents. and building
healthy family relationships. The program is affiliated with
the Seattle Violence Prevention Project. a coalition of cityand community-sponst wed organizations.
Applying the Strategy
vices through the county's mental health and substance
abuse agency: The services provide vital support to lowincome residents. In 1990, the program organized a antidrug march to publicize the need for counseling and treatment services in the low-income and racially diverse com-
munities of the county. The march united a group of
service providers in the Niagara community.
Contact Information
Progranl Coordinator
Niagara County Department of Mental Health, Alcohol,
and Drug Abuse
775 Third Street
Niagara Falls, New York 14302
Parents Anonymous
1-80Q-932-HOPE (in Washington state)
206-233-0139 (in the Seattle area)
The Niagara County Hotline and Drug Abuse Program
was established in 1971 to provide crisis counseling ser-
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Law Enforcement
Community Links
relationships between
the community and law
enforcement were
based in a reactive
philosophy: The police
responded to crimes as
quickly as possible,
instead of attempting to
forge proactive
partnerships to prevent
crime before it
rotecting the public against crime is most effective when residents cooperate
to identify and prevent the most pressing problems in their area. Bringing the police
into contact with the neighborhoods that they serve can forge positive relations based
on trust, helping reduce resident fear of crime while improving the ability of officers
to work with communities to solve .crimes when they happen.
Law enforcement must be responsive to the crime problems identified by the community if a strong partnership is to exist. This partnership can be built through regular
meetings. in which residents discuss crime problems and possible solutions with local
officers. In order to ensure the success of this approach, officers must demonstrate
that they are taking the recommendations of the citizens seriously and eager to work
in partnership.
The Board of Young Adult Police Commissioners in New Haven, Connecticut. has
improved relations between youth and police officers and has a youth advisory voice
for the Chief of Police. Other areas have instituted public meetings On a regular basis
to ensure that police respond to the greatest concerns of their communities. A
program in Maryland created by the U.S. Attorney brings citizens into contact with
professionals in the legal community to ensure that the limited resources of the
criminal justice system are used in ways in which they can make the greatest impact.
Outreach programs to specific groups can restore a sense of community and reduce
the antagonism between the police and disaffected populations. Law enforcement-
supported work with youth and gang members through social activitiessuch as
sports or after-school programsprovides positive alternative activity and can help
prevent violence and gang involvement. A Dorchester, Massachusetts, program that
organizes activities between youth and officers has resulted in a decline in juvenile
violent crime.
Increased police patrolling of public housing areas reduced crime by 25 percent in
one complex in North Carolina, while other programs have established police-sponsored activities to prevent youth in public housing from turning to gangs for social
activity. Police substationspolice mini-departments in areas with above-average
crime rateshave also proven effective in reducing the incidence of crime and the
social deterioration associated with it.
lk)lice can also facilitate the development of comniunity organizati(ms that recognize,
report, and act to reduce crime. Citizen patrol groups, for example, can prme effective
in establishing channels of cooperation between law enfiwcement and local residents.
Citizen patrol groups establish a strategy of community policing in which residents
and businesses monitor their areas for suspicious activity and contact police when they
observe irregular or potentially criminal conditions. This program strikes an ideal
350 Psted Strategies to Prevent Crime
partnership between citizens and the police, giving the
Law enforcement can also cooperate with other govern-
public a sense of control over its area while bringing in the
police before residents resort to vigilantism. At the same
time, police response time to crimes is improved by the
mental agencies in the community to overcome crime
threats. Working with social service agencies in areas
plagued by crime brings needed attention to neighbor-
active monitoring of neighborhoods. A community policing
hoods that are often suffering from extensive neglect. The
program in Fort Worth, Texas, reduced crime by almost
25 percent.
Police agencies can also encourage citizen grassroots
organizations that mobilize to prevent crime. When local
groups identify a problem, the police can assist by provid-
police can also cooperate with regulatory agencies to
counter areas of suspected criminal activity; municipal
ordinances of health and safety departments can often
force deteriorating areas that are vulnerable to crime to
ing enforcement and information. Citizens who take it upon
themselves to counsel troubled youths, for instance, can
receive police assistance in identifying the parts of their
city where help is most needed. Law enforcement can
provide grassroots groups with statistical and informa-
clean up. In Oakland, California, the police worked with
state regulatory agencies to shut down or destroy over
200 buildings that had been exploited for illegal businesses
and criminal purposes.
The thirty-five strategies in this chapter explore the
following approaches to crime prevention:
tional assistance, while also publicizing local causes. MAD
DADS (Men. Against Destruction: Defending Against
Drugs and Social Disorder)--a grassroots organization in
Omaha, Nebraskacooperated with police to reduce
gang-related killings to zero in just one year of operation.
Another measure to increase resident cooperation with
law enforcement, surveys reveal vital information about
the public's perceptions of the court system. Feedback
from members of the public who participate in the court
process allows the justice system to improve court services: positive responses to complaints about the court
system also increase citizens' faith in the legal system.
successful community policing strategies and other
ways law enforcement can build trust and partnerships
with residents:
community policing and problem-solving methods to
identify and address community concerns about crime,
violence, gangs, and substance abuse; and
officer training to be sensitive to the needs of the area.
Reinforcing the public stake in taking care of the com-
Other actions undertaken to increase the ease with which
munity can best be achieved through cooperation with
the court system can be usedsuch as information telephone lines that make courts more user-friendlyhelp to
demystify the legal process and allow those who have to
enter a courtroom to do so with a positive impression. A
police that balances crime and safety concerns while maximizing the efficiency of police resources. Partnerships in
which citizens feel involved in the actions of law enforce-
municipal court in Portage County, Ohio, produced informational pamphlets to explain courtroom procedure, increasing the accessibility of the legal system.
crime prevention and reduction.
ment agencies create the best prospects for successful
Community Building Through Mobilization
Key Components
As part of a comprehensive community-buikling strateg\ .
law enforcement can take active measures to help mobilize
the community to decrease its vulnerability to crime.
Community mobilization often hinges on a crisis or upon
an incident in a community that brings residents together
in shared anxiety, fear, or rage. 'RinUng these emotions
into action takes leadership, coordination, focus, direction,
and planning, as well as expertise on the part of community institutions such as law enforcement. Following the
Crime Problem Addressed
Communities that mobilize to work in partnership with law
enforcement can decrease crime, decrease the fear of
crime, contribute to a secure envinmment for residents.
and develop a healthy working relationship between resi-
dents and the police. With this partnership as a basis.
other community-buikling activities can contribute to the
social and economic health of the community
initial burst of interest, community mobilizers should
gather a group of leaders representing a wide range of
inter:!sts and population groups. This planning group must
reach consensus on the nature of the problem and the
most effective solutions.
Lao, EntbrcementCmniunity Links
Resourcesboth funds and volunteerscan
addiction, and AIDS. Based on early successes, the group
strsvigthen the mobilization campaign. Shared communication is also key for a successful strategy to cause change
in a community Some communities have mobilized solely
for the purpose of distributing accurate information about
a specific problem. Others have formed long-term anticrime groups, such as Neighborhood Watch, Block Watch.
or Crime Watch.
is now providing broad-based education services and a
Key Partnerships
crisis when drug useespecially of crack cocainerose
Although the community often takes the lead, law enforce-
ment and other community agenciessuch as regulatory
health department, code enforcement, and transportation
network for collaboration among community groups, gmernment agencies, law enforcement, religious institutions,
and the private .sector.
Applying the Strategy
Residents of Oakland, California, knew the city was in
more than 2,200 percent over a ten-year period. The drug
culture had affected over 70 percent of students in grades
seven through twelve. Thousands of women of child-bear-
ing age were using drugs. The need for education and
agenciescan serve as effective partners. Youth fre-
action was clear, and the residents responded by convening
quently bring tremendous enthusiasm and energy to a community mobilization project and should not be overlooked
the area's top experts to meet the challenge. The group
has chosen knowledge as its primary force against the
problem and has successfully brought antidrug education
and drug prevention programs to thousands of Oakland
as a valuable resource. Religious groups can contribute
both volunteers and meeting space.
Potential Obstacles
Long-term community mobilization groups have to address several obstacles. Often volunteer leaders and workers suffer from burn-out, the end of enthusiasm and energy
for a specific activity lb reduce burn-out, members should
be involved in other types of activities such as citywide
food and clothing drives; workshops on violence, rape pre-
vention and self-defense: welcome committees for new
neighbors: or volunteer work with shelters or food banks.
A remedy for Block Captain burn-out is to ask someone
else to co-chair and divide the responsibilities.
A second obstacle can be the size of the groups. One
resident s.
In Newport News, Virginia. the Newport News Coalition received funding from the County Council because of
its success in rejuvenating area Neighborhood Witch
groups. In mid-1994, the Coalition comprised 220 active
Neighborhood Watch groups with 18,000 members.
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440 Grand Avenue, Suite 210
Oakland, California 94610
Neighborhood Watch organization in Newport News, Vir-
ginia, reports that 35 homes is a manageable number. If
the group expands, they can no longer meet in residents'
homes or backyards.
Signs of Success
In eleven months, the Oakland (California) Crack Tisk
Forcea committee initially mobilized because of the
scourge of crack houses in their neighborhoodsreached
over 8,000 residents with information on crack. family
Newport News Crime Watch Coalition
PO. Box 6361
Newport News. Virginia 23606
Newport News Police Department
Community and Public Affairs
2600 Washington Avenue
Newport News, Virginia 23607
Cooperate With Grassroots Organizations To Address Problems
from a stronger network built on citizen concern and las;
enforcement expertise. Law enf( ircement can c()Ilab(wate
Law enforcement works collaboratively with existing
grassroots community action organizati(nis 0) focus on
with grassroots groups by providing information and
professional support, thus strengthening the IN oid be-
specific hical prliblems.
tween law enforcement and the community.
Crime Problem Addressed
Key Components
When law enforcement supports the community-buikling
efforts of an existing organization, the community benefits
tively law enforcement should supp( wt the g()als and ;ictiv-
In order for this law enforcement strategy to work effec-
350 Tested Strategies to Prevent Crime
ities of the existing organization. Law enforcement can
help community groups by educating them about crime
solving local problems and in strengthening bonds between
the community and law enforcement. In Omaha, Nebraska,
prevention techniques and methods of reporting crime and
drug activity. Existing community groups can rely on law
collaboration between a concerned group of fathers and
the local police resulted in cutting gang-related killings
from thirteen in one year to zero the next and in removing
2,500 firearms from a community in three years.
enforcement for increased attention to local -hot spot"
areas and as a source of useful crime data. Law enforce-
A group of concerned African-American men mobilized
ment can also support existing groups at special community events, neighborhood meetings, and community patrols. Publicity and community information-sharing about
local crime problems and anticrime campaigns are also
valuable to increase support.
to help make schools and neighborhoods safer for their
children. Men Against Destruction: Defending Against
Drugs and Social Disorder (MAI) DADS) assumed the
roles of mentors, social chaperons, community protectors,
Key Partnerships
and street counselors. They have worked with law enforcement to remove gang activit y. decrease drug sales
Law enforcement can work in a supportive partnership
and use, assist runaways, and discourage illegal behavior
among youth through visits to local jails and prisons. Since
with local chapters of large national organizations, such as
Mothers Against Drunk Driving, as well as with small local
groups of parents, neighbors, youth, business owners, or
others who have organized to address and resolve one or
more specific identified community problems. Local media
and business can serve as partners by publicizing efforts
and successes and by donating resources to a local cam-
its inception in Omaha, MAD DADS has expanded to
twenty-three other communities.
Applying the Strategy
Residents of a Waterloo, Iowa. neighborhood enlisted the
support of police to close down bars that had been selling
alcohol to minors. They transformed one abandoned bar
into a recreation center for area youth.
The Sunset Park neighborhood in New York City attacked the problem of prostitutes by petitioning police and
paign. Parent groups, such as the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), and local service clubs are valuable support
Potential Obstacles
When grassroots community groups m ibilize to focus on
concerns such as increased drug activitt; speeding traffic.
or vandalism, they usually request the assistance of law
enforcement or other municipal agencies. If asked to work
with an existing group. law enforcement must be careful
not to interrupt or slow community momentum by ignoring
community leaders, assuming the lead, and leaving the
community behind. Within reasonable safety guidelines.
law enforcement should provide supportive expertise,
while permitting the organization to be responsible for
city officials for help and by writing to the prostitutes'
customers (using addresses gained from license plate
number.) to threaten them with exposure and prosecueffort resulted in more than 700 arrests and
longer jail terms for prostitution.
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directing a local anticrime campaign.
Signs of Success
Collaboration between law enforcement and existing com-
munity organizations usually brings success both in re-
Analyze Crime Data To Focus Resources on Local Problems
Law enforcement can gather and analyze crime data in nu
the conmiunity to focus resources on specific local trends
and problems.
proactive approach to a series of specific problems. rather
than responding to individual crime incidents as separate
unrelated events. Police crime analysis experts can doc-
ument and assess specific community crime
through closer communication and information-sharing between law enforcement and community residents.
Crime Problem Addressed
Communities have increased confidence and trust in their
criminal justice system when law enforcement takes a
Law EnfinvonentConzmunity Links
Key Components
Signs of Success
Effective crime data analysis requires accurate and thorough data-gathering techniques:
I'dice intervention in a California urban business area
plagued with crime resulted in decreased crime and in-
monitoring daily police reports and calls for service:
creased business, according to post-intervention surveys.
With effective data-gathering and analysis, police were
able to address the problem successfully One restaurant
surveying community residents and businesses;
interviewing social services and other agencies;
analyzing arrest reports: and
documenting crime activity through videotapes and
other surveillance.
Officers should receive special training in effective data
gathering. Analysis of the data can pinpoint when and
where identified types of crimes are occurring, permitting
police to tailor responsesand prevention techniques
to the problem. Community cooperation and involvement
are critical elements of gathering crime data and helping
to implement such effective solutions as establishing a
high-visibility community patrol, strengthening Neighborhood Watch programs, convening a drug-abatement task
force, or conducting community meetings.
Key Partnerships
In order to gather accurate data for crime analysis and
problem solving, neighborhood patrol officers must work
closely with community residents, business owners and
staff, and other people who observe activities within a
reported that sales had gone up by 50 percent after the
police had removed the source of the problem. A review
of statistics showed that property crimes had decreased
and shoplifting arrests increased. The business owners
formed an association and now meet regularly with law
enforcement-to discuss areas of mutual concern.
When businesses in the Harbor Plaza section of Santa
Ana, California. complained to police that criminal activity
was having a detrimental impact on their sales, law enforcement collected information and implemented a directed response, based on the area's crime data. Relying
on data gathered from the community police focused attention on the increased transient and homeless population
that was illegally panhandling around stores and restaurants. driving off customers. The police implemented a
five-phnse response, ridding the area of the problem and
restoring healthy sales and customer confidence to local
Applying the Strategy
The police department in Tucson. Arizona, developed a
systems approach to policing, based on systematic analysis of data gathered from the departments of sanitation,
transportation, housing, planning, and parks and recreation. This information was supplemented by surveys of
neighborhood or community Information from other municipal agenciessuch as code enforcement, housing, and
transportationcan augment crime data and help pinpoint
causes and trends.
school officials, relil.dous leaders, and business people. The
police department was able to pinpoint problems, such as
a rash of burglaries occurring in some neighborhoods, and
Potential Obstacles
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Inaccurate reporting is a prime problem when law enforcement gathers data from individual area residents. In some
communities, law enforcement has trained citizens how to
City of Santa Ana Police Department
24 Civic Center Plaza
PO. Box 1981
Santa Ana, California 92702
observe for certain details when viewing suspicious or
crimiral activity A second obstacle is the tendency to
reach a conclusion before all data have been analyzed. It
devise a strategy to intervene.
is better to wait until the full range of information has been
collected before action is prescribed.
350 7ested Strategies to Prevent Crime
Police Sponsorship of Positive Activities for Youth
Law enforcement officers and other members of the crim-
inal justice systeni can develop mutual trust with com-
as role models for high integrity and moral standards. It is
also critical to honor commitments: disappointment is a
difficult challenge for young people.
munity youth by spending time with them in activities that
provide healthy alternatives to violence and crime on the
Signs of Success
In many communities, law enforcement officers have been
able to develop successful relationships with young people
Crime Problem Addressed
by working with them after school, in the evenings with
youth clubs, or on weekends for special outings. By eliminating the "threatening" aspect of the police presence.
Vning people. particularly teens, are often hostile to law
enforcement officers, seeing them as "the authorities" or
as adults who get involved only when there is trouble. Law
enforcement and other criminal justice system members
can face a substantial challenge when trying t,o ceve.op
dose bonds with young people. However . a strong police1
youth link can help young people make healthy anticrime.
antidrug choices.
Key Components
Young people are more likely to accept the friendship and
counsel of members of the criminal justice system within
a social or activity-oriented environment, such as in a
youth center or on a sports field. Trust and integrity are
critical to the success of a police-youth relationship, although sometimes trust is slow to develop. Law enforcement can nurture trust through honesty, shared experi-
law enforcement officers have succeeded in teaching young
people about the dangers of gangs, violence. drugs, Al I 6,
and other problems. .According to a spokesman for one
after-school drop-in youth prop-am. "a new level of communication between police and the youth has been one of
the highlights of the program.Crime rates among youth have declined in Dorchester,
Massachusetts, where police officers are regular members of the Dorchester Youth Collaborative, a youth center
that is participating in a police-community partnership.
The officers have broken down barriers with the youth by
joining them in basketball games, working with them on
weight lifting, and accompanying them on field trips. Hav-
ing gained their trust, the officers can teach youth to
resolve problems and mediate with other youth, instead of
resorting to violence.
ences, and mutual respect. Once trust is established,
young people are more likely to accept personal and family-
Applying the Strategy
related advice, tutoring and other educational assistance.
job counseling, and health information and guidance.
In Portland, Oregon. the police department established a
Key Partnerships
Young people can benefit frt nil a stning link with all mem-
bers of the criminal justice system as well as with other
elements of the community such as media, business leaders, neighborhood leaders, health professionals, and others. These partnerships are more likely to flourish where
young people feel at home, such as youth activity centers
or other conimunity gathering places. A shared activity or
Police Activities League (PAL) with other law enforcement
agencies, businesses, and individuals. They conduct year-
round sports events to reduce gang and drug activities
among the community's youth.
louston established its Police Athletic League in 1983.
experience is often the linchpin of a successful youth-adult
The popular program operates in partnership with area
professional sports teams, local churches, the Boys &
Girls Club. the Chicano Family Center, and the city's
Parks and Recreation Department. The League provides
sports programs, educational field trips, and community
service projects, reaching close to 1.000 youth, ages ten
to seventeen, each year.
Potential Obstacles
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Just as trust is the backbone of a stilid relationship, breach
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of trust can irreparably ruin a relationship between a
young person and an adult. Memlwrs of the criminal justice system who choose to work closely with young people
must be honest, loyal, and trustworthy as well as serve
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Citizen Patrol
Law enforcement can train citizens to monitor and report
unsafe or suspicious conditions in their own neighborhoods through citizen patrol groups.
Crime Problem Addressed
If citizens feel empowered to make a difference. they will
be willing to cooperate with law enforcement to rid their
area of crime. This police-community link ensures that
specific neighborhood pioblems are addressed and resolved and that neighborhoods employ prevention techniques to deter crime from returning.
Key Components
follow specific procedures, focusing on observation and
reporting. Patrol members who conduct themselves irresponsibly should be assigned to other activities. sent for
retraining, or requested to leave the patrol.
Signs of Success
Crime reports from the Federal Bureau of Investigation
for 1993 showed that Fort Worth, Texas, reported a 24
percent drop in crime, credited in part to the citizen patrol
program. Police captain Randy Ely of Fort Worth noted
the group, Citizens on Patrol (COP), has "helped improve
police response time and ensure 'the police I have the right
resources dispatched to a crime scene. But as importantly,
lour citizen patrol I has created a method for residents to
make a significant contribution to crime prevention."
or walk through neighborhoods: the patrol groups use
portable radios to relay information to a group leader or
COP has made life safer in sonic Fort Worth. 'texas,
neighborhoods. More than 2.200 volunteers in ninety-six
of tiv2 city's neighborhoods take imrt in the program that
directly to police about criminal activitN: code violations,
graffiti, and drug or 'gang activity. It is important for patrol
is being given credit for reversing crime trends. Memberswho undergo twelve luiurs of trainingwear iden-
groups to meet regularly to discuss schedules and other
organizational details. In some communities, volunteers
ride with patrol officers and attend patrol workshops to
train for the program.
tification badges, T-shirts. hats, and jackets with the COP
Key Partnerships
sonnel should work closely with citizen volunteers, who
can be elderly residents: members of a church. synagogue
or other religious institution: members of ethnic organizations: a group of parents: or a teen service club. The
media can be partners, bringing public attention to the
problems and the patrol's success.
In Chicago, the Edgewater neighborhood faced a serious
arson problem in an area of rundown and abandoned buildings. Residents agreed to organize and patrol areas where
buildings might be subject to arson (backed up by commuMcation through two-way and citizens band radios) and
report suspicious activity to the police.
In Washington, DC, the Cabbies on Patrol program solicited help from taxi drivers in reporting crime. Police
developed a reward program if an arrest resulted from a
cab driver's observations about crime or planned crime
(drivers report to 911 or the program's special number).
Potential Obstacles
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Several challenges can affect the success of a citizen patrol
Kirt Worth Police I )epart ment
group. If the group is not properly trained, some of its
members can become too vigilant in their efforts to de-
350 West Belknap Street
Police train volunteer neighborhood patrol groups to drive
All residents who are responsible members of a neighbor-
hood can team up with law enforcement in a volunteer
citizen patrol group. Police patrol officers and training per-
crease specific problems. It is critical that patrol members
Applying the Strategy
Fort Worth, "li.xas 76101
Partnership With Residents of Public Housing
Crime Problem Addressed
Law enforcement can demonstrate its commit ment to
l'ublic housing complexes can present special security and
safety in public housing by becoming acquainted with residents and implementing crime intervention and prevention
programs that address needs identified by resident s.
safet y challenges due to large, often t ransiei it p()pulati(nis;
unsupervised young people; clusters of newly settled immigrant populations; few play areas or youth resources;
and structural or maintenance pr()blems.
350 7ested Strategies to Prevent Crime
Key Components
Signs of Success
A link between law enforcement and public housing residents must be built upon a visible and highly responsive
police presence in public housing. Many cities are assign-
In a public housing complex in North Carolina. law enforce-
ing regular police foot patrols to be available to public
housing residents for a wide range .of services, including
ment worked in partnership with residents to decrease
drug activity, arrest dealers, and bar nonresidents from
the property. After the cooperative program had been in
effect for several months, calls to police from the public
organizing residents in citizen crime prevention pat mls and
attending residents' association meetings. Some patrol officers live in the public housing units they cover, increasing
their social and informal contact with residents. In housing
housing residents fell by 25 percent. Attitudes about safety
and the police have also improved.
units with large groups of refugees or immigrants, law
communities by having specially assigned officers go door
to door to collect information from residents. The department established a police office at one of the housing com-
enforcement can work with special service agencies to help
youth and families in need of assistance with language
problems: practical day-to-day activities such as grocery
shopping: crime prevention and personal safety: and social
adjustment in their new surroundings.
Key Partnerships
In 1990, Greenville, North Carolina, police launched
community partnership programs in six public housing
plexes to demonstrate its long-term commitment to the
residents. After several years of collaborative effort between police and residents, drug activity has been replaced by basketball teams. Boy Scout and Girl Scout
troops, and a baseball league.
A multiagency partnershipincluding law enforcement.
the housing authority, and resettlement and social servicescan establish and sustain a program to address the
wide variety of needs of public housing residents. Addi-
Applying the Strategy
tionally, law enforcement and public housing residents can
work together more effectively if they have the cooperation
to address specific problems of ethnic groups in public
housing. They hold classes, teaching basic skills such as
banking and shopping, as well as dispute resolution techniques. In return, police recruits receive cultural sensitivity training from members of the ethnic groups.
In Louisville. Kentucky police have established ministations in several public housing facilities. The stations
provide an opportunity for increased positive contact between police and residents.
of local resident leaders, such as tenant association officials, as well as housing management. When working with
ethnic groups, it is critical to have an influential member
of the group serve as liaison to law enforcement and housing authorities.
Potential Obstacles
A serious obstacle to success in public housing programs
is the residents' feeling that the crime problem is too
pervasive and overwhelming, that residents are powerless
to make a change. This concern can be addressed by
starting with a small program: Choose a manageable activity such as cleaning up trash in a nearby playground.
that will have guaranteed success. The program can then
build on that success once the residents realize that they
can make a difference.
Multicultural tension can also create problems within a
housing area. Law enforcement officers can begin by getting young people of all ethnic backgrounds together on a
sports field or at a picnic. Children who are friends often
encourage their parents to become acquainted. Sharing a
common goal, such as beautifying a building or campaigning for better hall lighting, can also bring ethnically diverse
families together.
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In Honolulu, the police department has worked collaboratively with the Interagency Council for Immigrant Services
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1710 West Third Street
Greemille. North Carolina 27834
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lonolulu Police Department
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Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
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Positive Youth Interaction With the Criminal Justice System
Young people can feel empowered to address crime problems in their communities through formal communication
with police policymakers and the judicial system.
Crime Problem Addressed
Often young people feel alienated from the decision-making
that affects their lives and their communities. By opening
the doors for a formal collaboration between the criminal
justice system and youth. communities can tap into a valuable resource for anticrime and antidrug prevention ideas.
Key Components
A collaborative partnership that encourages young people
to learn about the judicial system should involve observation, education, and participation at all stages of the system. Students can spend time in a busy law office with an
attorney or law clerk willing to explain the impact of different legal situations. Court personnel can walk students
through courtroom procedures and permit them to observe a trial. In some cases, young people have been
appointed or elected to a youth police board where they
can formally conduct meetings, debate issues, research
and gather information, and present policy advisories on
matters concerning youth and police in the conmiunity
Students can then report back to their classrooms and
disseminate information to their peers.
Key Partnerships
School personnel can work with the mayor, chief of police,
district attorney, local judges, and corrections officials to
set up a program that will expose high school students to
the day-to-day operations in all phases of the criminal
justice system. This partnership not only increases a
cult to meet. Additionally, adults working with youth must
take the young people seriously. If they feel that they are
being patronized or that the adult is rot genuinely interested in their concerns, the youth will lose interest in the
program. Adults must learn to view youth as a valuable
resource in the community.
Signs of Success
In New Haven, Connecticut, the city's 22-menther Board
of Young Adult Police Commissioners has developed a position on city curfew for youth; organized a focus group
on drugs and violence for the Chief of Police in all six public
high schools: successfully lobbied the state legislature to
preserve and expand adolescent alcohol and drug treatment programs; and successfully raised funds to support
an AIDS hospice program for adolescents.
Its membership is drawn from a cross-section of the
city's neighborhoods: One member is elected from each
of the city's six high schools, and sixteen members are
appointed by the Mayor. Although the group has no formal
policymaking power, the department does listen to its recommendations. This formal link between law enforcement
and young people in the community has improved relations
in New Haven.
Applying the Strategy
The Los Angeles Municipal Court arranges for tenth- and
eleventh-grade students at James Monroe IIigh School to
experience their city's judicial system. Students work with
judges, attorneys, and other judicial employees, viewing
the court system in action.
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young person's knowledge about the judicial system in the
community, it also strengthens the bond between the judicial and school systems.
Community Muth Coordinator
New Ilaven Police Department
One Union Avenue
New Haven, Connecticut 06519
Potential Obstacles
At the practical level, time is a serious challenge to any
adult-youth educational program: In order for a young per-
son to learn about the criminal justice system, judicial
officials and staff must set aside time from their daily
professional obligationsa requirement that can be chili-
Public Affairs Office
Los Angeles County Courthz fuse
110 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90012
350 Tested Strategies to Prevent Crime
Support Vulnerable Members of the Community
and encouraging them to work with police to reduce their
Law enforcement can work directly with the community
members who are most vulnerable to crime to create innovative, prevention-oriented solutions to specific crime
Since 1985, the Warminster Thwnship (Pennsylvania) Po-
Crime Problem Addressed
Special populationssuch as the elderly the handicapped,
retirees, or people on public assistanceare often particularly vulnerable to crime's effects. These residents feel
they have a greater stake in their communities when they
can contribute to the prevention or solution of neighborhood problems that affect them. A joint problem-solving
effort contributes to improved relations between police and
the citizens with special needs whom they serve.
Key Components
An effective, collaborative prevention or problem-solving
effort depends strongly on clear and accurate communication between residents and the police. Residents must
understand the limits of their power to take action to re-
solve a problem. Police must understand the fears and
concerns of the residents. A successful partnership balances the ideas and suggestions of the residents with law
enforcement's authority to make substantive changes. Frequently a joint problem-solving collaboration results in innovative and unique strategies.
Key Partnerships
All members of a neighborhood or community can help
law enforcement with local crime prevention or problemsolving. Usually the segment of the community most affected by a crime will work closely with law enforcement:
however, other community residentssuch as business
owners, students and members of the school system, the
elderly and physically challenged residentshave successfully collaborated with law enforcement to create safer
communities. In some cities, local chapters of national
organizations, such as the American Association of Retired Persons, have been involved with community-law
Signs of Success
lice Department has worked to train the Neighborhood
Watch group. Volunteers in the group:
held workshops in the neighborhoods;
distributed crime prevention educational materials;
visited shut-ins;
developed a video on personal safety for the disabled;
helped deaf, blind, and senior residents of the cornmunity
Applying the Strategy
The Binghamton (New York) Police Departinent set up
Stranger Danger and Child Molestation programs for phys-
ically and mentally challenged children at area sunnner
camps and schools. Local restaurants, the television station. and a theater owner support the program, which
provides Mc Gruff presentations with messages to reinforce self-esteem and reduce vulnerability. The department has uncovered several cases of abuse, resulting in
arrests or protective orders.
In 1993, the seventh police district in Chicago became
the first in the nation to house a bank's automatic teller
machine (Arm). Vulnerable residents in the district, many
of whom use the convenient 'VIM system for currency
exchange, had been frequent victims of robbery after receiving their money. The police station ATM was the idea
of District Commander Ronnie Watson, who approached
officials at Chicago's Marquette Bank. Bank officials, residents. and law enforcement have promoted use of the new
ATM. teaching other residents how to use it. Community
leaders also see the new machine as an economic oppor-
enforcement c'ollaborative crime prevention efforts.
tunity for residents in the seventh district. The Monroe
Foundation, a nonprofit agency that supports community
Potential Obstacles
devektpment initiatives, sees the idea as increasing access
to banking in a traditionally underserved community
Special populationssuch as the elderly, the handicapped.
and retirees dependent on receiving checks through the
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mailare often reluctant to seek special assistance kw
personal safety problems. They may feel that they have
little power and control over their circumstances and that
there are no solutions to their problems. IA ical law enforcement can address these fears by talking with organizations. :..dressing the problems of special populatk
Warminster 'I1Avnship Police I /epartment
Bucks County
I lenry and Gibson Avenues
Philadelphia. Pennsylvania 18971
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Training in Prevention for Other Local Agencies
Law enforcement will experience greater cooperation and
success with crime prevention programs if other municipal
agencies can learn prevention principles and techniques
and if law enforcement, in turn, can learn about the techniques and goals of other city agencies.
Crime Problem Addressed
Often employees of government agencies work at crosspurposes, primarily because of a lack of communication
and understanding of their respective missions and programs. A greater mutual understanding of the roles and
activities of different government agencies will eliminate
duplication of effort and help to implement and coordinate
important community programs.
Key Components
Crime prevention training for non-law enforcement govern-
ment employees should provide clear instruction on the
basic goals and objectives of specific crime prevention activities and programs. The training instructor should have
good communication skills and should distribute printed
materials. The instructor should define all terms that may
be unfamiliar to non-law enforcement personnel and slumuld
allow ample time for questions. Similarly, law enforcement
officers can benefit from training sessions conducted by
city planners, engineers, and transportation officials,
among others, whose programs may complement or overlap crime prevention programs.
Key Partnerships
Law enforcement personnel will derive great benefit from
a clearer understanding of the programs and techniques of
other government agencies, such as the departments of
recreation and parks, transportation, social services, city
basic professional principles seem foreign. AdditionallN;
there can be turf wars, with battles over agency authorit;
resources, and areas of expertise. A multiagency summit
might require a skilled facilitator to help resolve any difficulties that might arise.
Signs of Success
Law enforcement officers in Ann Arbor. Michigan, who
are trained in the principles of Crime Prevention Through
Environmental Design (CPTED) have the opportunity to
work closely with city planning officials. Using a two-tiered
training program, city planners and other non-law enforce-
ment personnel learn about the fundamentals of CPTED
in a seminar that presents the strategies of natural access
control, natural surveillance, and territorial reinforcement.
In return, the crime prevention officers learn the functions
and operations of the city planning department and the site
plan review process. They also attend review meetings
and public hearings and learn to read blueprints. The site
plan review process for new buildings is incorporating
CI "1'El) principles because trained law enfiircement officers are involved in studying the probable impact of the
development on crime in the area.
Applying the Strategy
Involving department heads throughout the city has been
a hallmark of the community policing program in Ilayward.
California. The city attorney conducted training for the
police department on how her department would work with
them to resolve neighborhood problems.
Salt Lake City, Utah. requires all city departments to
take responsibility for crime prevention. 'Ibtal quality control councils throughout city government seek opportunities for non-law enforcement agencies to become involved
in crime prevention.
planning, code enforcement, and health.
Contact Information
Potential Obstacles
Crime Prevention 11114
Several obstacles can interfere with an effort to ettcl orage
representatives of municipal agencies to learn more about
other agencies' duties and professional techniques. It can
be challenging for professionals from diverse disciplines to
understand specific terminology and definiti( ins, making
Ann Arbor Police Department
MO North Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor. Michigan 48104
350 Tested Strategies to Prevent Crime
Community Input on Improving Court Systems
The court must convince the conmiunity that it is willing
to make changes, or the public will see the survey as a
By gathering information from citizens, court constituency
groups, and professional and non-professional court employees, the court system can learn how to improve court
public relations exercise.
Signs of Success
The nation's first community court, the Midtown Community Court, serves several neighborhoods in Manhattan. The court's Community Advisory Board coordinates
outreach to residents and keeps the court aware of community issues. Focus group interviews and surveys that
the Board has conducted periodically since the court was
established in 1993 reveal that expanded court services
which resulted from community inputhave increased
residents' knowledge of the court and their satisfaction
with how it serves the community. In 1994, the National
Crime Problem Addressed
Community residents often perceive the court system as
inflexible and intimidating. By permitting residents and
others to offer opinions and suggestions on court services,
the community develops a more positive attitude toward
the courts, and the courts can benefit from valuable input
from the community.
Key Components
Association for Court Management awarded the Midtown
Community Court the Justice Achievement Award for improved services, constructive sentences, and responsiveness to community input.
Key to gathering information from the community about
the court system is the type of instrument used to solicit
opinions and data. Several types of survey instruments,
or less formal information-gathering devices, can be used,
Applying the Strategy
such as telephone surveys, exit surveys of court users,
suggestion boxes, and focus group interviews of court
users and employees. The data must be classified accu-
The Virginia Judicial Council established the Consumer
Research and Service Development Project on recommendation of the Commission on the Future of Virginia's Judicial System. After gathering data from consumers of the
rately and interpreted by analysts with competency in surveying and in the procedures of the court system. Follow-
ing the survey, it is important that resultant changes in
state's court system, the Commission found that con-
the court system be made public.
sumers thought that:
Key Partnerships
the courts treated minors unequally;
All users of the court systemlitigants, jurors, law enforcement officers, witnesses, attorneys, and judgescan
litigation was not handled expeditiously;
benefit from suggestions and ideas from people who have
come in contact with local courts. Community residents
the courts needed more effective ways to help citizens
understand basic court procedures and services; and
and court system personnel can work in partnership to
devise a system that is more responsive to the community's needs.
alternative dispute resolution methods should be used
more frequently
Potential Obstacles
Contact Information
A survey to gather information will be most valuable if
Senior Planning Analyst
Office of the Executive Secretary
Supreme Court of Virginia
100 North Ninth Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
designed by a professional familiar with court services, as
well as with public surveying. A local public surveying firm
or university might be willing to assist with designing a
court system survey Once the information is gathered and
analyzed, it is critical that court officials make the public
aware of changes due directly to comments and suggestions gathered by the survey or interviews.
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Law EnjarcementCommunitv Larks
Educational Programs About the Court System
Courts can become more user-friendly if court personnel
take the time to educate the public about terminolog;
procedures, and expectations.
Crime Problem Addressed
friendly. Experts can help translate key documents and
explanatory pamphlets or signs into languages used by
ethnic groups in the community. Court personnel can
speak to local groups, such as civic groups or community
or tenant associations, to try to demystify the court process.
For many people, the prospect of appearing in court is
Potential Obstacles
frightening and intimidating. They don't know what to expect or how to behave once they have entered the courtroom. Often, their fear gets in the way of their ability to
testify with accuracy and confidence.
Courts in this country are typically overworked. One serious obstacle to this program can be allocating time to a
public educational project. Volunteers could be a valuable
asset to portions of this program.
Key Components
Signs of Success
Educating the public about the court system can be a
Just Solutions, an American Bar Association report on
successful programs, includes a profile on municipal
relatively simple task. Court personnel can produce pamphlets or videos on a variety of topics:
citizens' rights;
courts in Michigan, which use a toll-free telephone system
for distributing information. Court staff note that people
who used lele-Court before appearing in court are more
informed and their requests or procedures are processed
more quickK:
types of court cases;
Applying the Strategy
the appeals process;
The Portage County (Ohio) Municipal Court wanted to
have a better image in the community and launched a
traffic laws;
public information campaign to help people feel less intim-
how to be a good witness;
juvenile problems: and
probate laws and procedures.
In court buildings, personnel can erect signs in several
lanpages to direct the public to the appropriate offices.
waiting rooms, or courtrooms. In some communities,
court clerks have attended seminars to train them how to
be more helpful to the public. One state has installed a
telephone system that gives citizens who dial a toll-free
number access to more than sixty prerecorded messages
about the court system.
idated by the court system. Officials produced a series of
24 pamphlets, written in everyday language, to explain
step-by-step the process of court appearances. They also
produced public service videos explaining new drivers license and driving-under-the-influence laws. They installed
magazine racks and vending machines in public areas for
people waiting to go to court. According to the project
director, "We believe it is possible to lessen the trauma
usually experienced by those who appear in court."
Contact Information
Key Partnerships
Project Director
Portage County Municipal Court
214 South Water Street
Kent, Ohio 44240
Court employees can meet with members of the commu-
nity to solicit ideas for making the courts more user-
350 Tested Strategies to Prevent Crime
Law Enforcement Involvement in Schools and Surrounding Areas
Law enforcement can work more closely with schools to
identify concerns of the neighborhoods that surround
schools, student hangouts, parks, and athletic fields.
Crime Problem Addressed
Department. and the Gainesville Police Department
formed a partnership to support the "Together for a Safe
Campus" program on the Gainesville campus of the university. The campaign enhanced student awareness of security systems already in place:
rape prevention and personal safety training:
Many young people are wary of developing fdendly rela-
tionships with law enforcement officers. By working
closely with schools and students, law enforcement officers
can address not only problems identified by young people,
but also those concerns of neighborhoods near schools or
areas where young people gather.
Key Components
Some law enforcement agencies assign officers to serve as
a liaison with schools (school resource officers) and neighborhoods surrounding schools. Liaison officers maintain
contact with school personnel and with student leaders to
build trust. Officers often attend PTA meetings and back-
to-school or open house events. In some communities.
school resource officers have encouraged nearby businesses to participate in mentor or adopt-a-school programs. providing equipment, volunteers, tutors, and other
resources. The students then identify that business as a
friend to their school, improving school-neighborhood relations.
Key Partnerships
Law enforcement can be effective scht tot-based partners
not only with students and teachers. but also with school
support staff. For example. school bus drivers are frequently aware of problems in neighborhoods or with young
people. Officers can also work closely with parents, neigh-
borhood association leaders, residents, tenant organizations, and businesses that are located near schools.
Potential Obstacles
crime prevention demonstrations:
"Think Smart" posters;
an escort service: and
emergency telephone networks.
Brochures offered students living in dormitories and in
off-campus housing a do-it-yourself checklist for security
measures. As a result of dramatic changes in student
safety prevention behavior, violent crime on campus decreased 26 percent and the crime prevention unit of the
university police department remains an important resource for ensuring student safety.
In San Jose, California. an 11 percent drop in reported
crime was attributed in part to a community policing pro-
gram that encouraged officers to spend more time at
school with students. This program started because of a
proliferation of drive-by shootings and gangs.
Applying the Strategy
In Santa Ana, California, one school located in an area
heavily populated with gangs worked with a school resource patrolman to educate parents and students on antigang techniques. More than 150 parents attended meetings that provided information on parenting, recognizing
gang activity, and how police respond to gangs. While
parents were in the meeting, other patrol officers were
talking with students in a separate room and answering
questions about gangs. Working closely with another
In some communities, school officials have been reluctant
to have uniformed law enforcement personnel present at
schools. It may take time to develop a comfortable relationship with school officials and neighborhood residents.
school, the school resource officer was able to add a crossing guard at a busy street. providing a safer environment
for the students.
Crime near a college campus became an opportunity for
One approach is to begin by meeting with officials and
neighbi irIs )(id leaders in an informal setting. just to get
acquainted and learn about each other. Developing a mu-
a partnership among the City of Columbus, the' State of
tually beneficial partnership may take several meetings.
munity Crime Patrol puts two-person. radio-equipped
Signs of Success
teams of patrollers into the neighborhood during potential
high-crime hours to act as observers and crime reporters.
After the tragic murders (if live students in 1990. the
A number of these paid, part-time jobs are filled with
University of Florida Police, the Alachua County Sheriff's
Ohio, Ohio State University, the Franklin County Sheriff s
Office, and the Columbus Police Department. The Com-
college students interested in careers in law enforcement.
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Contact Information
Media Educational Coordinator
University of Florida Police
Building 51, Museum Road
Gainesville, Florida 32611
Community Storefront Police Stations
Law enforcement can more effectively bring police services to residents by establishing a substation or storefront policing program in the community
be made more economically feasible. Neighborhood volim,eers can help with office work and other duties.
Signs of Success
A storefront in Dorchester, Massachusettsstaffed with
Crime Problem Addressed
Although high-visibility patrol officers walking the streets
of an area improve the relationship between law enforcement and the community it serves, a working police office
who deals with specific local problems within a community
increases the residents' perception of police commitment
to the community.
Key Components
Often, storefront police operations or substations are the
result of resident requests for increased protection and
services in a neighborhood. In return, the residents frequently provide volunteer assistance to help operate the
storefront. Other social services and community information can be located at the storefront; thus the locations
serve as a central resource for community aid, such as
victims' assistance and youth programs. Law enforcement
can also establish a mini-station or substation in a neighborhood shopping area, a previously abandoned building,
a public housing building, or in a trailer parked in an accessible location. The guiding principle of a storefront or
decentralized police station is to encourage residents and
police officers to become neighbors, learning about and
assisting each other.
Key Partnerships
Storefront service delivery sites can be the collaborative
effort of law enforcement, social service agencies, health
programs, antidrug programs. youth and family services,
and other assistance needed by a neighborhood or community Media can be valuable partners in publicizing services provided by storefront or mini-stations.
Potential Obstacles
Funding is usually the primary obstacle to decentralizing
police services. If costs can be shared among the re-
one Vietnamese woman serving as community liaison and
three full-time police officers assigned to assist her
provides a wide range of services to the neighboring
Vietnamese community The storefront staff give presentations on crime prevention to English as a Second Lan-
guage (ESL) clases and distribute brochures on crime
and gang prevention techniques. They also arrange for
court translation and assist with community organization,
reaching the community through posters and newspaper
advertisements. The station has successfully brought
crime response, crime prevention, and other assistance
to a neighborhood with a large Vietnamese population.
According to the Community Service Officer, "When residents see you are making an effort and spending time with
the community, they trust you."
Applying the Strategy
A storefront police station in Houston, Texas, has not only
reduced residents' fear of both personal and property
crime, it has also helped to reduce disorder in the community, according to residents' reports.
In Abington lbwnship, Pennsylvania, the police department has decentralized service by equipping a mobile ministation to bring services to any troubled neighborhood.
Staffed by police officers and citizen volunteers, the mobile
station also carries representatives 01 other service providers, such as drug and alcohol abuse counselors, health
professionals, and nutritionists. The vehicle is also a mobile station for Abington Hospital.
Contact Information
Safe Neighborhood Administravw
Boston Police Department
Area C-11
.10 Gibson Street
Boston, Massachusett s 02116
sources of many agencies, a storefront or substation can
350 Tested Strategies to Prevent Crime
Community Ombudsman
Law enforcement can establish a community ombudsman
to increase public access to the police department and to
advise callers to the police about the range of available
Crime Problem Addressed
Community residents in some cities have expressed confusion about police non-emergency services. They have
encountered difficulty in reaching the appropriate officer
or office to get information about a policing or community
matter. Such difficulty leads to apathy and discourages a
beneficial relationship between the community and the
police department.
Key Components
Law enforcement agencies in many cities have developed
community relations boards as a means of receiving community input about resolution of resident complaints about
police services. Law enforcement ombudsmen in other
agencies answer a telephone line or staff an information
desk that offers information about non-emergency police
organization and public safety services. The ombudsman
must be highly informed about and familiar with organi-
appointment. usually with consideration of neighborhood,
ethnic, racial, and other interest group diversity.
Potential Obstacles
Ombudsmen must be diplomatic and skilled at presenting
information courteously. They must also be problem sol-
vers, able to connect the caller with the proper service.
Law enforcement agencies with community relations
boards have to provide members with input into department policy if they hope to overcome resident apathy about
the legitimacy of such groups.
Signs of Success
Corpus Christi. Texas, included establishing a community
ombudsman among the goals agreed to by a grassroots
government coalition, which drafted a crime prevention
plan for the city in 1993. Residents with non-emergency
crime reports and complaints about service can meet with
the Station Duty Officer (SDO) in precinct stations. The
SD() and personnel who staff the telephone response unit
have handled over 30,000 inquiries and minor incident reports. freeing other officers for patrol duty.
Applying the Strategy
who has been trained. The ombudsman could also mail
out flyers or other printed information in response to calls
about specific services.
Community residents active on law enforcement policy
boards in Salt Lake City. Utah, are pleased with regulations on the behavior of law enforcement officers. The
police chief believes handling citizen complaints is now
more efficient because of the visibility and input of the
citizen members of the board.
Key Partnerships
Contact Information
Community organizations provide volunteers to help operate the ombudsman service. Law enforcement agencies
also work with community-based organizations to publicize the service in hopes of diverting non-emergency inquiries and complaints from the 911 emergency telephone
system. Citizen boards recruit members through political
Corpus Christi Police Department
PO. Box 9016
321 John Sartain Road
Corpus Christi. "l'exas 78.169
zational information and must be able to interact well with
the public. The position could be staffed with a paid officer.
a paid support staff person, or with a community volunteer
Intervene With Youth At Risk of Gang Involvement
Crime Problem Addressed
Law enforcement ;an provide alternatives to gang inv( Ave-
pe(n)le who are vulnerable to gang illy( ilvement are
often very difficult to reach through traditional youth programs. They have a strong need to belong to a "family--
ment to youth who are involved in or exposed to gang
activity, by offering inf( wmation, mentiirs, r le midels, and
positive relationships.
a group that professes to care about themand they de-
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that understands and addresses these needs can offer
guidance to young people, as well as help combat com-
fully understand that a prime reason kids join gangs is to
have a sense of belonging and caring. A serious obstacle
to the success of an antigang collaborative program could
munity gang activity
lie in a multidisciplinary approach in which all participating
velop tight bonds to their fellow gang members. A program
Key Components
The primary element of a successful youth antigang program is the development of trust for specific law enforcement officers and other adults who work with youth. The
officers must be patient, honest, and credible. They should
be trained to work with young people, and they must
understand how and when to set limits in their negotiations
with youth. A youth antigang program should include the
folk Aving components:
professions claim to have a different answer to the problem. Program leaders much reach consensus on the problem and on the solutions before the program is implemented in the community.
Signs of Success
In a youth antigang progmm ('tbuth Intervention Program)
in Jacksonville, Florida, law enforcement officers first approached the problem of youth who were already in gangs.
After successfully convincing some youth to drop out of
their gangs, the program focused on preventing other
education and information;
community-building activities that provide alternatives
to the appeal of gang membership;
youth from joining gangs. According to representatives of
the Sheriffs office, which sponsors the program, the antigang activities have generated positive relationships between law enforcement and youth. Teens now approach
police to get advice about their problems.
leadership training;
Applying the Strategy
job and skills training;
counseling; and
follow-up services.
Ideally an antigang program should also convey a sense
of "family" to a young person.
In Phoenix, Arizona, Gang Resistance Education and
Training (GREAT) focuses on gang prevention by sending
law enforcement officers into school classrooms to teach
young students about gang-related violence, the dangers
of drug use, conflict resolution, and cultural prejudice.
The eight one-hour sessions approach the problem formally: informalR; the GREXI. program sponsors a summer
camp that reinforces positive attitudes against gangs. Law
Key Partnerships
enforcement officers are permitted to contact parents of
suspected gang members and refer them to existing social
Trained law enforcement officers can successfully collaborate on antigang programs with other service agencies,
institutions, and individuals:
programs that address the gang phenomenon. The
health and mental health agencies;
GRENI' program is now offered nationwide through a
partnership with the federal Bureau of Alcohol. Tobacco.
and Firearms.
In San Bernardino. California, the school system and
the police department jointly sponsor a Junior Police Academy for students in the fifth and sixth grades who might
religious organizations;
be vulnerable to the appeal of gang membership. The
cadets, who must be accepted for the program. proudly
wear uniforms one day a week and are involved in the
school safety patrol program, civic events, parades, and
community leaders;
community service activities.
A multicultural gang diversion progran I in Fort Wirth.
"rexas. provides antigang workshops, parent services,
counseling, and English as a Second Language classes to
gang members and their families.
ex-gang members; and
Contact Information
ethnic leaders.
Potential Obstacles
It is critical that adults who work in partnership to po wide
assistance to young peopk attracted to gang menthership
Phoenix Police Department
Community Relations Bureau
620 West Washington
Phoenix, Arizona 85003
350 Msted Strategies to Prerent Crime
Crime Prevention Training for AH Department Staff
Potential Obstacles
Police departments can extend crime prevention training
to all members of the department who have personal contact with community residents, with the goal of dissennnating crime prevention techniques to residents during
routine and non-emergency operations.
Law enforcement departments report that the primary obstacle to training all officers in crime prevention techniques
is resistance among veteran officers who are not as willing
to embrace change as are younger officers. Attitude
change can occur with patience, time, and successful
crime prevention results.
Crime Problem Addressed
Traditionall: the specialized police department crime prevention unit is seen as a referral agency for beat officers
who are asked about crime prevention techniques. Because of this pattern of specialization, beat officers have
missed many opportunities to instruct parents, youth.
business owners, and other community residents about
crime prevention. Instead, questions have been referred
to a crime prevention unit that is also busy with conducting
organized programs such as Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) and Neighborhood Witch. Consequently,
community residents sometimes have to wait to receive
the benefit of their police department's crime prevention
Key Components
Training beat officers to know and understand the importance of crime prevention techniques can take the form of
a series of workshops. created collaboratively with the
training unit and the crime prevention unit. These workshops can include crime prevention videos, work sheets
and other printed, material, and discussion sessions with
crime prevention specialists. Beat officers can also accompany crime prevention officers to community meetings or
schools when crime prevention is the topic of instruction.
It is helpful for the department to recognize the importance
of crime prevention training through incentives or professional recognition and awards.
Key Partnerships
Law enforcement training is usually implemented internally,
with the training unit taking the lead. The crime prevention
unit can be a valuable partner in creating materials for the
training sessions. Other crime prevention agencies, such
as the state crime prevention organization, private security groups, and drug prevention groups can provide helpful assistance in wc irkshops and on-the-beat training.
Signs of Success
Recruits in Tempe, Arizona. are trained in crime prevention and problem-solving. The centralized crime prevention unit of the department provides an eighty-hour crime
prevention course required of all Police Resource Officers,
the city's designation for community policing officers assigned to patrol specific quadrants or neighborhoods. The
unit also works with other city agencies and the private
sector, providing security-based reviews of plans of new
building construction.
Applying the Strategy
In New Haven, Connecticut, as part of a department-wide
change to a more holistic form of police service delivery,
all officers received eight hours of basic crime prevention,
including residential and commercial security and alarm
systems. The department also created an incentives program, modifying the criteria for the Chief s Award of Merit
to include crime prevention training. Suggested crime prevention tips were read out at each roll call meeting, and
all officers were given access to a computerized record of
crime data and analysis to show how crime prevention
affects crime trends. A post-training staff report showed
that crime prevention training of all officers resulted in at
least 25 percent of them replarly conveying crime prevention information to city residents.
Contact Information
New Haven Police Department
Neighborhood Services Unit
One Union Avenue
New I laven, Connecticut 06519
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Partnership With City Agencies To Prevent Violence
Potential Obstacles
Law enforcement can decrease the incidence of violence in
a community by working in formal partnership with other
Victims of violence often fear retaliation and, out of this
agencies to implement multifaceted approaches to incidents or trends in community violence.
charges against the perpetrator, particularly if that person
is a family menther. Victims also fear that they will suffer
a sense of social isolation and stigma if they bring charges.
It is critical to have highly trained law enforcement per-
Crime Problem Addressed
While law enforcement has always been effective in react-
ing to a violent emergency situation. it can also team up
with other agencies and individua,s in the community to
prevent violence, address the of violence, and ensure that victims receive appropriate care.
Key Components
An effective partnership between law enforcement and the
community to address violence should have, according to
several communities, at least the following five components:
a violent offender removal program to respond to existing violence and be available for crisis intervention;
a community-oriented policing component to bring together law enforcement and the community to identify and
solve local problems related to crime or violence;
a partnership program between law enforcement and
social service providers to ensure that victims of violence
receive proper follow-up care;
a safe haven program that provides community members a secure environment for healthy nonviolent activities; and
a neighborhood revitalization component that builds
community health through a strong economy provides
positive alternatives for youth, and educates residents
about avoiding violence.
Key Partnerships
A community antiviolence strategy can rely on the expertise and experience of a wide variety of agencies (mental
health, schools, recreation), private go tups and professit trials (violence victims' gn Rips, counselors, medical
professionals ), and neighborh( )od groups ( Neighbt win md
Watch, youth clubs, athletic groups, social organizations)
to work closely with law enforcement and the court system
to decrease and prevent violence. The court system can
order a violent offender to get professional help. A multiagency task force can provide a formal structure to a comprehensive antivit knee effiwt in the community.
fear, refuse to report a violent crime or refuse to press
sonnel respond to calls about family violence or child
abuse. In many cases, police departments have a social
services professional respond to the call with the patrol
officer to attend to the emotional needs of the victim.
Signs of Success
In Union City New Jersey a Police-C(nnmunity Partnership has organized to address community problems and
help prevent the incidence of violent and other crimes in
parts of the city. The program is guided by a steering
committee that is responsible for communication and coordMation of the four-point program to:
intervene in incidents of violence and remove violent
encourage close bonds with the community through
community policing;
provide secure areas for residents; and
strengthen the quality of life in the community through
economic revitalization.
Applying the Strategy
The Memphis (Tennessee) Police Department's Fannly
Trouble Center is a collaboration between police and mental health professionals for crisis intervention focusing on
domestic violence. The audit wit y of the police department
is necessary to control and stop the violent episodes. Once
the immediate threat is resolved. the mental health counselors assist the family in finding nonviolent ways to resolve conflict. The center uses volunteers, most of whom
are graduate students in the counseling and social work
professions, and offers services at no cost.
Contact Information
Union City Police Department
619 Bergenline Avenue
l'nion City, New Jersey 07087
350 7ested Strategies to Prevent Crime
Law Enforcement-Led Multiagency Support for Neighborhood Services
Law enforcement can coordinate and integrae- multiagency
neighborhood support teams to improve the quality and
timeliness of service delivery.
building partnerships can take a long time, and representatives from a variety of disciplines may have initial difficulty in finding common ground when identifying and designing solutions for problems.
Signs of Success
Crime Problem Addressed
The problems of some neighborhoods are a complex interweaving of poverty, inadequate housing, joblessness,
neglected children, and no relief from crime. By coordinating services with other local agencies, these situations
can be addressed more effectively decreasing duplication
and cost.
Key Components
Community services' collaboration depends on information-sharing, support from agency and municipal leaders,
a consensus on local problems and solutions, and a shared
sense of leadership and responsibility. In addition, residents must feel empowered to be a part of the problem-
Statistics show that crime has dropped significantly in
neighborhoods where the Norfolk (Virginia) Police Assisted Community Enforcement (PACE) program has collaborated with local agencies and residents to offer integrated service delivery
PACE teamed up with local service agencies to tackle
complex problems in six public housing areas and four
residential neighborhoods particularly susceptible to drug
activity and drug-related crime. The program is divided
into three areas:
support services made up of representatives of city
agencies, neighborhood groups, business. and religious
solving process. learning the basics of planning, budgeting,
and decision-making. Successful neighborhood service
teams rely on a committed staff that can develop a rapport
with community residents. Staff must know the resources
and limitations of their own agencies and be flexible when
working with other team members and the community It
is also important that the team be able to deliver tangible
benefits quickly to reinforce trust among the residents.
Key Partnerships
The neighborhood team must reflect the complexity of
local problems and include representatives from law enforcement. youth and family services, the school system.
the recreation agency, the local housing authority the
court system, health agencies, and job placement and
training agencies, among others. The team must also include representatives from all segments of the neighborhood or community, including businesses, groups with
special needs (such as the elderly). and ethnic groups.
a Neighborhood Environmental Assessment Team: and
a Family Assessment Services leam.
PACE has made sweeps of neighborhoods to identify
and arrest suspects. has increased patrols, and has met
regularly with residents and agency representatives. Res-
idents report that the program has facilitated access to
city agencies and cut red tape. Program participants also
report that fear of crime has decreased.
Applying the Strategy
The Neighborhood Resource Team in Dade County Florida, has focused on public safety, housing, jobs. community
tensions, and youth activities in Dade County neighborhoods. This group has revitalized tenant councils and recruited a full-time Community Street Coordinator for alternative youth activities.
Potential Obstacles
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Some neighborhood teams begin as a well-funded group.
but when budgets in the participating agencies are tightened. the multiagency programs can lose funding. If public
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Norfolk, Virginia 23510
funding erodes, teams should look to local businesses,
churches. and neighborhood volunteers to take over 5011k'
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Law Enforcement-Sponsored Community Events
Law enforcement can work more effectively with local res-
idents if it has first established a trusting relationship,
willing to listen to their problems. Law enforcement could
schedule a community meeting for the week after the
picnic or party, inviting all community residents to a ques-
beginning with non-threatening events such as community
social activities.
tion-and-answer session about police services and community concerns.
Crime Problem Addressed
.Signs of Success
Law enforcement and other agencies that develop programs to resolve identified problems in local neighborhoods might encounter resistance from residents unless
there is first a relationship built on mutual trust. Getting
to know residents through social activities can be an im-
In Lansing, Michigan, the participants in the Neighborhood Network Center (a coalition of law enforcement and
other service providers) have worked with neighborhood
portant component of building that trust.
Key Components
Building trust between law enforcement and residents
particularly in troubled neighborhoodscan begin with
social events such as neighborhood picnics, holiday parties, school events, and other non-professional activities
that permit police and residents to become acquainted
personally. The events can be sponsored by the police
department or by a committee of residents and la"! enforcement and should be free of charge. Child care and
youth activities should be arranged. The event can feature
a concert, sports contests, or other activities that put
residents and police together in an informal atmosphere.
It is critical that law enforcement follows up in the community with other social events or meetings to provide
information and build on the established trust.
Key Partnerships
Community social events can be arranged by law enforcement in conjunction with community leaders. Businesses,
groups to organize Christmas parties, cookouts, neighborhood beautification programs, community fairs, and
fundraising events to pay for future neighborhood projects.
Every month, residents are invited to come to the Center
for a potluck dinner, followed by Caring Area Residents
meetings to coordinate social activities across several individual neighborhoods.
Social events have contributed to a healthier, more
trusting relationship between police and residents. Volunteers. area churches, businesses, and students have
become involved, some donating space in the community
for parties, meetings, and youth recreational programs.
Applying the Strategy
In Rochester, Minnesota, law enforcement works closely
with the Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association to
provide crime prevention information to youth while conducting recreational and social events. The Association
serves the city's Cambodian, Lao, and Vietnamese communities.
One element of a community policing program, neighborhood festivals showcase communities throughout St.
Petersburg, Florida. allowing them to show off improvements to the media, the public, and neighborhood groups.
schools, the religious community and other sectors can
take part in planning social events and can donate awards,
T-shirts, food, or entertainment. The media can play an
important part in publicizing the event.
Potential Obstacles
Lack of follow-up can be a serious problem after a law
enforcement-sponsored social event for the community or
neighborhood. Community residents must feel that law
enforcement officers care about their concerns and are
Contact Information
Neighborhood Network Center
Lansing Police Department
735 East Michigan Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48912
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350 Tested Strategies to Prevent Crime
Safe Havens
an antidrug (including alcohol), antiviolence, anticrime en-
Law enforcement and other community partners can establish a safe haven where young people can enjoy a secure, healthy environment supportive of drug- and crimefree activities.
vironment. It must be made clear that certain behaviors
will not be tolerated, and the managing group must agree
on and enforce consequences for breaking the rules. A
second challenge is keeping the program fresh and appealing for all participants. When young people become
Crime Problem Addressed
bored, they are more likely to break the rules or stay away
Funding can also be a challenge; business donations, re-
Community programs to help youth make healthy
choicesstaying in school, staying out of gangs, setting
and achieving goalsoften fail if the young person has no
alternative to an unhealthy environment. Safe havens support programs that reinforce a youth's choice to be a drugfree, positive contributing member of the neighborhood.
sources from other agencies and private groups, private
sector donations, and volunteers can all be solutions.
Signs of Success
Key Components
The Trenton, New Jersey, Safe I laven program has successfully offered a drug-free environment at three public
middle schools after school and in the evenings. The program has attracted youth and adult participants. with one
Although the number and variety of activities offered at a
Safe Haven school averaging between 85 to 125 people per
safe haven are important, key to the success of a safe
evening. The Safe Haven program is a collaboration between law enforcement, education, health, recreation, and
community groups. It offers a wide variety of activities
for youth and adults after school and in the evenings at
several middle schools in targeted neiglthorhoods.
haven is a youth's compliance with rules and regulations.
These rules should be formulated with the participation of
the youth as well as with adult leaders, counselors, law
enforcement, and others involved with the program. A safe
haven board with wide community representation can set
and maintain standards of acceptable conduct within the
boundaries of the building or site. If possible. a safe haven
should be accessible at all times with an adult available: if
the location can be accessible only at certain hours, it is
important to coordinate those hours with times when
youth need alternative activities, such as after school, in
the evenings, and on weekends. Volunteers can assist with
sports activities or other events offered at the haven.
Applying the Strategy
The Union City. New Jersey Safe I laven program is part
of a Police-Community Partnership Program to decrease
crime and strengthen the cooperation between residents
and law enforcement. The program is held in a school
gynmasium near the Union City Recreation Building and
is open seven days a week from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Youth are welcome to participate in activities such as
Key Partnerships
swimming. cheerleading. coo oking. basketball, dances, field
trips, and workshops on drug awareness, nutrition, AIDS,
A safe haven governing board should include representatives from law enforcement: the municipal department of
and first aid. The center also provides information about
city services and police assistance.
parks and recreation: youth organizations such as Boy
Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Boys & Girls Clubs; social services; and community groups such as religious institutions, schools, and businesses.
Potential Obstacles
Contact Information
Union City Police Department
615 Bergen line Avenue
Union City, New Jersey 07087
201 -863-4889
16 be successful, a safe haven nmst codify and enforce a
rigid set of regulations that ensure its purpose: to provide
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Community Meetings
Potential Obstacles
By holding a series of meetings at several locations in the
community or region, law enforcement and other criminal
justice system leaders can develop a list of community
The public often misunderstands the language and terminology of the criminal justice system. It is important that
these meetings avoid that jargon and that they respond to
concerns and expectations both about specific crime problems and about the delivery of services.
the concerns of the lay public rather than experts and
specialists. It is also critical that follow-up meetings or
Crime Problem Addressed
In order to make informed decisions about the allocation
of resources for an effective criminal justice system, lead-
ers must hear directly from community residents about
their fears and how they see the role of the criminal justice
system in their communities. This information must then
be incorporated into community plans to decrease crime
and the fear of crime and to improve service problems
perceived by the public and by other components of the
criminal justice system.
Key Components
Community meetings, conducted by leaders of state,
county, or municipal criminal justice agencies, must be
well publicized several weeks prior to the meeting date.
The meeting should be held at a time and place easily
accessible and convenient to the majority of community
residents. Each meeting's agenda should be limited to several key topics, and the resultant list of concerns should
be published and distributed in the community Information
gathered from concerned residents should be the focus of
future initiatives and programs.
Key Partnerships
Organizers should develop lists of invitees from key orga-
nizations in the area, such as court action groups, legal
assistance groups, victims' groups, ethnic groups, special
needs groups, crime prevention organizations, corrections officials, elected officials, law enforcement and other
criminal justice system agencies, and community residents. It is important that high-profile officials conduct
these meetings to underscore to the public that their concerns will have bearing on criminal justice policy
other public contact convey to the community that its input
is valuable and can serve as the basis for substantive and
procedural change. One-time meetings can lead to skepticism among community residents.
Signs of Success
In Maryland, the newly appointed U.S. Attorney undertook a series of community meetings to involve residents
in ongoing interaction about concerns and problems in the
state's criminal justice system. The meetings resulted in
increased involvementnot only by residents, but also by
members of law enforcement organizations, who subsequently attended seminars on state grant resources. The
U.S. Attorney's Office also adopted a change in organiza-
tional structure to concentrate increased resources on
violent crime, forming a Violent Crime Coordination Group
to improve information sharing and networking with state
and local police and prosecutors.
Applying the Strategy
The Mayor's office in Cleveland, Ohio, organized six town
hall forums, where residents were encouraged to air their
views on the direction of the proposed community policing
program. In addition, residents were asked to complete
surveys ranking crime problems the city should address.
The forums attracted an average of more than 300 people
per meeting.
Contact Information
United States Attorney
District of Maryland
United States Courthouse. Room 604
101 \Vest Lombard Street
Baltimore, Nlaryland 21201-2692
Cooperate With Businesses
Crime Problem Addressed
Law enftircement can develop a mut willy beneficial relationship with local businesses to address specific crimes
Crime in commercial areas sometimes drives away local
businesses, taking jobs and neighborhood stability with
them. When local businesses leave because of crime, drug and crime activit y takes over abandimed build-
that affect a comnwnity's economicand thereftwe gen-
350 Tested Strategies to Prevent Crime
ings, keeping fearful residents inside their homes. A link
between law enforcement and business owners can address problems specific to commercial areas or neighborhoods supporting small, locally owned commercial establishments, maintaining community vitality
Key Components
It is important that law enforcement approach specific busi-
ness crimes analytically identifying trends that are prevalent in one area but may be minimal or absent in another
Each cluster of crime problems must be addressed with
the help of the local business owners who are most affected by the problems. Solutions may include increasing
patrols. changing transportation patterns, enforcing loitering laws, increasing private security or modifying public
Signs of Success
In Edmonton, Alberta (Canada), police discovered that
downtown crime was prevalent around hotels that attracted the city's tourists. Through a collaborative program with local hoteliers, the police helped decrease the
incidence of crime by suggesting architectural and other
changes that would decrease the opportunity for crime.
The Edmonton police department attacked crime around
these hotels by recommending lighting and other architectural changes to hotel and motel owners. In addition, they
have worked with the Alberta Liquor Control Board to
mandate the use of plastic and safety glass in drinking
glasses and bottles, after a British study showed that in
England four out of five injuries from assault are caused
by beer bottles and glasses.
lighting or alleyway access.
Key Partnerships
A business-law enforcement partnership can also effectively draw upon the resources and cooperation of the local
chamber of commerce, business-related service clubs,
unions, private security firms, media, city planners, and
residents of neighborhoods where businesses operate.
Potential Obstacles
In some communities where businesses have been vulnerable to crime, business owners and managers have not
immediately welcomed police suggestions for crime prevention measures. In one instance, the manager chose not
to make changes because of the "inconvenience": however,
after he was a victim of crime he chose to modify the
environment around his establishment to reduce the possibility of crime. A police-business partnership may take
time to cultivate.
Applying the Strategy
A car dealership in the southwest established a graffiti
paint-over campaign, which now includes the police department and dozens of other area businesses among its
partners. The police department helps by advising the
paint-over crew about dangers in specific neighborhoods
and providing escorts when requested. Other city agencies provide paint to support the project.
In Santa Ana, California, business owners in the Harbor
Plaza worked successfully with police to pinpoint specific
crimes that were driving away business. The police documented and analyzed a series of incidents and were able
to implement effective prevention measures.
Contact Information
Edmonton Police Service
Community Based Policing Project
9620 103-A Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada TM10117
Partnerships in Rural Communities
sources and criminal specialists and to geographical con-
With few sworn pers( nine!. law enforcement agencies in
rural areas can particularly benefit from a partnership with
local agencies and with neighboring jurisdictions to address identified crime and personal safety concerns.
proach to problem-solving can supplement a small department's resources, using the existing community structure
and local network to identify problems and plan and implement solutions.
Crime Problem Addressed
Key Components
Small law enforcement agencies serving rural communities
The basic components of a rural law entinvement partner-
may find many urban area personnel-intensive strategies
difficult to adapt to their departments due to lack of re-
straints such as sparsely settled farmland. A team ap-
ship strategy are identical to tImse used by large urban
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identifying a problem;
ip the community and has demonstrated leadership and
skill in managing a diverse group of residents.
forming a task force of local leaders and experts;
planning a strategy;
setting a budget;
mobilizing the community;
implementing the strategy; and
evaluating the results.
The difference faced by a rural agency can be a greater
reliance on other agencies and volunteers to resolve or
prevent local problems. Law enforcement agencies might
also have to rely more heavily on resources outside the
community, such as those found in a neighboring urban
area or in state or federal agencies. In rural areas, resi-
Signs of Success
In a rural part of California, farmers worked together with
four local sheriffs departments, the Farm Bureau, the
state Department of Food and Agriculture, and district
attorneys' offices to reduce crop theft through stricter
market controls and identification of stolen produce. In
1989, the California avocado-growing industry lost approximately $10 million due to theft. The partners hired a field
manager to serve as an industry-wide crime prevention
coordinator and function as liaison between the growers
and the sheriffs' departments. The group now publishes a
quarterly newsletter, has established a reward program
for the arrest of thieves, has mounted a publicity campaign, and has installed a toll-free Avocado Theft Hotline.
The problem has not been completely eradicated, but
dents often have developed a closely knit social and business structure that can serve as a network for identifying
and addressing problems.
the thefts have dropped substantially. Additionally, farmers
report heightened confidence in the sheriffs' departments,
and local law enforcement is more informed about agricultural theft.
Key Partnerships
Applying the Strategy
In rural areas as in other locales, all conmiunity members
can work together to ensure the safety of the community.
Law enforcement can take the lead, providing information
about drug use and crime to schools, youth, parents, local
In Richmond, Maine, a rural town of about 3,000 residents, the police department established an advisory
merchants, agricultural and business leaders, and town
service providers. Churches and other religious institutions, often a dominant part of a rural community, are
especially valuable as vehicles for communicating information to residents.
board and consulted with other jurisdictions that had successful neighborhood-oriented policing programs. They
gained information by networking, holding cluster meet-
ings, and sharing data. The department distributes a
newsletter and gives reports to the media to inform community residents about police strategies, programs, and
Potential Obstacles
Contact Information
In a rural community where law enforcement traditions
may be deeply instilled, change may come slowly. Police
or sheriffs department officials may resist working with
the community as a partner, and turf issues may be strong
among local organizations. It might be advisable to have
California Avocado Commission
Field Manager
Avocado Theft Prevention Program
the task force chaired by a citizen who is highly influential
440 State Place, Suite A
Escondido, California 92025
Code Enforcement
Law enforcement can work closely with code enforcement
agencies and residents to identify and address problems
with crime in neighborhoods through enforcement of a
variety of municipal and state codes.
Crime Problem Addressed
When it is difficult to bring direct criminal charges against
a criminal, such as a clandestine drug manufacturer, police
can curtail activities by enforcing municipal standards and
codes. Observation and reporting by community residents
are particularly valuable in this partnership.
Key Components
Enforcing codes involves a series of steps that require
cooperation from several segments of the community.
After the problem is identified by residents or by the police, police and housing records can identify the landlord
350 Tested Strategies to Prevent Crime
who is sent a letter of abatement. The letter is usually
followed by inspections conducted by police, health, public
works, fire, housing, or utilities personnel. If the owner
complies with the required changes, no further action in
required. However, if the landlord does not comply a court
hearing can result in receivership, demolition, or rehabilitation of the building into an acceptable community structure.
nity Organization to close down crack houses and other
illegal businesses. Since the beginning of the program,
more than 200 crime-and drug-inviting sites have been
destroyed or turned into clean. legally occupied, safe buildings.
Applying the Strategy
In Hayward, California, the police department has formal-
Key Partnerships
ized a Code Enforcement Team comprising representatives from a variety of agencies to abate buildings associ-
Police and citizens can work with a wide range of municipal
enforcement agencies, including the electric and gas companies, the telephone company, and city agencies for plan-
ated with criminal activity Members meet to address
problems and strategies that affect the team's ability to
ning, building, health, transportation, sanitation, and fire
Police and citizens have cooperated to close drug
Potential Obstacles
Community residents who work with police to identify
crime-related problems are frequently concerned about
collaborate on r
.thborhood concerns.
houses for health code and housing violations in I louston,
lexas: Hartford. Connecticut: and Chicago, Illinois.
Contact Information
an anonymous tip program that does not require callers
Beat Health Unit
455 Seventh Street, B-48
Oakland, California 94607
to identify themselves.
Signs of Success
City of Hayward Police Department
300 West Winton Avenue
Hayward, California 94544-1137
fear of retaliation. Police can help allay these fears through
In 1988, the Oakland (Californii..) Police Department developed a irograin with city county, and state regulatory
agencies and the neighborhood-based Oakland Commu-
Educate Residents About Law Enforcement Operations
Law enforcement outreach programs educate residents
about police activities and increase community support for
law enforcement and prevention.
Crime Problem Addressed
Community residents are often uninformed about service
provided by their law enforcement agency and about suc-
cesses of apprehension and prevention programs in the
community. This lack of information can lead to apathy or
even hostility among residents and law enforcement.
Key Components
Law (mforcement agencies can bring important inf( wmatit )11
to the public through large community meetings, citizen
academies, small seminars, public classes on police services. printed information, and even local television and
radio talk shows. Law enforcement can also work closely
with judicial partnerssuch as the court and corrections
systemsto educate the community about problems and
solutions. Printed materials that explain new programs can
be distributed at meetings or through other channels such
as community fairs. Law enforcement agencies can publijze programs through newsletters, and the media ,can be
a strong partner in disseminating police-related information to the community.
Key Partnerships
Efforts to disseminate law enforcement information can be
the focus of a partnership between the department's public
affairs officer and other specialists, the media, community
groups (such as business or service clubs). youth program
officials, and any other public forum. Police service information brochures can be distributed at centers where residents seek assistance for other concerns, such as health,
drug problems, food assistance, or housing.
Potential Obstacles
It is imp( alant that public infc wmat n in be lu must and com-
prehensive. Public cynicism can increase if meeting pre-
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senters are not forthcoming and available for questions.
As is the case with all meetings, it is also important for
presenters to be organized and skilled in public speaking.
Signs of Success
The Citizen Police Academy in Lakewood, Colorado, provides groups of fifteen residents with first-hand opportunities to participate in a nine-week training course on police
operations. They listen to and comment on responses to
911 emergency calls, act out mock arrests, role play an
officer being interviewed about a crime by the media, and
receive instruction in the law and police procedures. The
success of the adult program resulted in expansion of the
academy to include a youth component. Parents of youth
participants report positive changes in their children's attitudes toward the police. Community-wide attitudes now
are more supportive of the police as a result of this pro-
nicate more effectively with residents about the Bureau's
activities. It also conducts a community policing workshop
for citizens, providing the opportunity for officers and residents to meet and discuss police services.
In "lempe, Arizona, the police department has implemented a Communications Network to enhance the exchange of information related to drug demand, crime, and
police services. Newsletters are given to residents and
business owners with information about drug and crime
prevention. The Network also meets regularly with
schools, religious groups, and a Coordinating Committee
made up of representatives of the city's public and private
Contact Information
Training Agent
City of Lakewood Police Department
445 South Allison Parkway
Lakewood, Colorado 80226-3105
Applying the Strategy
The Portland (Oregon) Police Bureau has created a Community Policing Media and Outreach program to commu-
Multiagency Youth Service Support Teams
A multiagency approach to the problems young people face
can improve chances of reducing youth victimization, delinquency and drug involvement.
Crime Problem Addressed
Although law enforcement can curtail drug use and crime
through apprehension, a multiagency approach can more
successfully identify causes of drug and crime involvement,
deal with needed treatment, employ community preven-
tion resources, and address such related issues as parenting, school truancy, and joblessness.
Key Components
li..ams of experts, drawn from public and private agencies,
can address youth issues in a community and serve as
advocates and information resources for young people and
their families. The team can help identify neighborhood
problems and bring the resources of a wide variety of
disciplines to resolve them. It is important for the team to
have a shared vision and to be able to work closely together, sharing official and aneak)tal information. A wellinformed team will be less likely to permit a troubled youth
to "fall through the cracks" of the system and will be able
to offer a range of solutions to a single problem or to
multiple problems. The team can also help identify trends
in youth problems and help design and implement prevention techniques to stop or slow the trend.
Key Partnerships
School officials and trained youth counselors, social workers, juvenile court officials, neighborhood leaders, recreation leaders, health professionals. parents. religious leaders. and youth can all work together to identify and resolve
youth problems in the community. Businesses can help
with job programs, and community leaders and social organizations can provide volunteer opportunities to assist
in community-building programs.
Potential Obstacles
As with many partnerships, turf battles can become a
serious obstacle to reaching a consensus on community
youth problems. Also, child-raising practices vary among
economic populations and ethnic and racial groups, making
standardized programs difficult to implement. Finally parents are often in denial about problems their children are
encountering, and they may be hostile to outside intervention.
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Signs of Success
Applying the Strategy
In Cincinnati, Ohio, Youth Support Teams are active in a
Seattle's police department works with city agencies on
two youth-serving programs. In the Joint Parks Department and Police Guild Program, police union volunteers
work with older youth in late-evening recreation programs. In the Youth Intervention Program, human services, police, schools, and community agencies cooperate
to design gang prevention programming and intervention
number of community activities, from removing glass
from playgrounds to removing parking meters from a residential area to increase neighborhood safety. The teams
work closely with youth-related agencies in the community
to coordinate needs assessments, identify neighborhood
problems, and provide technical assistance to groups
working with youth. The Department of Education is involved as a strong partner by providing healthy recreational activities for youth. Community-Oriented Policing
officers help coordinate summer youth programs and
serve as counselors and mentors to young community residents.
with gang-involved youth.
Contact Information
Director of Neighborhood Services
Human Services Division
2 Centennial Plaza, Suite 700
805 Central Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Focus on Quality-of-Life Improvements
Law enforcement can help reduce crime in neighborhoods
by addressing quality-of-life problems raised by residents,
such as loitering, vandalism, graffiti, and unsupervised
youth who create public nuisances.
Crime Problem Addressed
For many community residents, unhappiness with community conditions stems from the seemingly small problems that directly affect levels of fear, annoyance, and
inconvenience. Although some problems raised by citizens
may not fall under the purview of traditional policing, police
attention to residents' concerns can add to community
satisfaction with police services.
Key Components
Face-to-face neighborhood patrols are the cornerstone of
responses to quality-of-life issues in a community When
police patrol on foot, they are more likely to talk with
residents and be seen as community members, rather
than as reactive police officers. Many police officers have
found that residents, once fearful of coming out of their
houses, are more encouraged to do so when they see
police foot patrols and they know that their concerns, no
matter how small, will get attention.
It is important for foot patrols to learn residents' names
and, if possible, find solutions to some of the quality-oflife problems concerning the neighborhood. In sonie cases,
the problems can be resolved easily In others, solutions
may come from a team approach, involving other agencies
or members of the community. Prciblems can include
leaves that have not been cleared from sidewalks, causing
safety concerns: street lighting that needs to be replaced;
graffiti that is contributing to a run-down look in the neighborhood; loud teenage gatherings late at night: and broken
glass in parks.
Key Partnerships
When residents turn to local police officers to help with
neighborhood problems, police can work closely with other
government agencies, volunteer groups, youth who are
willing to work to make the community beautiful, and elderly residents who can be encouraged to report problems
while they are happening. Local crime prevention groups
can also help by teaching residents about basic personal
safety techniques if fear of crime is a serious problem in
the community.
Potential Obstacles
Although police officers are willing to handle many concerns raised by individuals in the community it is important that police not overload their time with problems that
can be more readily solved by others. Police should learn
to refer residents to appropriate agencies and service providers to solve problems outside their areas of expertise.
A resource reference directory could be distributed to
neighborhood residents.
Signs of Success
Since its creation in 1975, the Citizens Committee for New
Thrk City has worked closely and effectively with law enforcement to improve the quality of life in New Thrk neigh-
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borhoods. Police have worked with residents and other
agencies to clean up parks and streets, erase graffiti from
responsibilities, documenting neighborhood problems, and
pursuing claims in court.
buildings, and help organize citizen block groups to moni-
tor problems and design solutions. The Committee has
had measurable success restoring feelings of safety and
pride to city neighborhoods.
Applying the Strategy
Police officers in Long Beach, California, are important
members of multiagency Neighborhood Improvement
'learns. The neighborhood cleanup program supplies community groups with materials for tree plantings and graffiti
paint-overs. The police department refers juvenile proba-
tioners to help the program as part of their community
service. In addition, police and other agencies provide
residents training in nuisance abatement, property owners'
Contact Information
Neighborhood Anticrime Center
Citizens Committee for New York City
305 Seventh Avenue
New York, New York 10001
Neighborhood Services Bureau
City of Long Beach
333 West Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, California 90802
Outreach to Diverse Communities To Reduce Victimization
Law enforcement can help reduce victimization among
newly settled ethnic groups by teaching them practical
crime prevention techniques.
Crime Problem Addressed
Newly settled ethnic families are vulnerable to a wide
variety of crimes because they are often afraid to report
crime to law enforcement. This fear can stem from an
abusive practice of law enforcement in their native country
Schools can also assist by including crime prevention techniques in classroom instruction and special ESL classes.
Potential Obstacles
Many newly settled refugees and immigrants choose to
stay within their own community rarely attending public
meetings or classes where they might learn about crime
prevention or other important issues. Women raised in
cultures where their role in the family in relation to men
is different than in the United States may not feel com-
Key Components
fortable leaving their homes to attend classes or meetings.
Some law enforcement agencies have solved these problems by holding meetings in neighborhood sites, religious
buildings, or even family homes and by offering child care.
The cornerstone of any relationship between the police
Signs of Success
and from a failure to understand that the police can help
them protect themselves from crime.
and an ethnic community is trust, a bond that is not always
simple to develop. In order for police to teach ethnic groups
how to protect themselves from crime, communication and
ethnic tradition barriers must be overcome through cultural and sensitivity training, patient instruction, and special information-sharing. limching ethnic populations about
police procedures and services can assist in developing a
good working relationship between law enforcement and
non-American cultures.
Key Partnerships
Police must often rely on the services of translators, interpreters, communit y liaisons, religious leaders, and
other trusted menthers of an ethnic community to develop
an effective crime prevention program for ethnic groups.
In Portland, Oregon, the police department has developed
an Asian Law Enforcement Advisory Council to address
problems encountered by ethnic populations in the city.
The department sponsors cross-cultural training for police
officers and offers 24 -hour-a-day interpreter services. It
also offers information on gang and crime prevention at
community meetings and to ethnic families. Ethnic leaders
work with the department to report crime and resolve
problems in their neighborhocKls.
Applying the Strategy
In Lowell. Massachusetts, police officers include a tour of
the police station in their crime prevention program for
newly settled refugees to help them learn about police
350 Psted Strategies to Prevent Crime
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services and to show them law enforcement in operation.
In nearby Revere. Massachusetts, the police department
has extended Operation Crime Watch to ethnic neighborhoods that have experienced crime.
Portland Police Bureau
1111 Southwest 2nd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204
Translators and Multilingual Crime Prevention Education Materials
community relations officers to assist non-English speakers when they are required to appear in court.
Translators and interpreters can provide a valuable service
to make the criminal justice system accessible to non-
Potential Obstacles
English-speaking residents.
Several obstacles interfere with effective interpretations
and translations in court. Frequently the court interpreter
is skilled only in literal interpretation instead of understanding idioms and subtle nuances in the language. In
addition, cultural and legal differences can contribute to
misunderstandings that can affect the way information is
presented to a judge or jury Basic judicial concepts are
sometimes not explained clearly to non-English speakers,
adding to semantic confusion. A New Jersey Supreme
Court Thsk Force study found that more than two-thirds
of interpreters frequently used in state courts had no train-
Crime Problem Addressed
According to the 1990 census, one out of seven people
living in the United States speaks a language other than
English at home. Many people who have settled in the
United States from other countries and cultures feel that
non-English speakers are at a disadvantage because of
unequal access to the U.S. criminal justice system and
lack of understanding of police procedures and crime prevention resources. The Federal Court Interpreters Act of
1978 established the right of non-English speakers in federal courts to have certified interpreters.
ing in law and legal terminology and nearly nine out of ten
had no interpreting training at all.
Key Components
Signs of Success
Increasing access to the criminal justice system for nonEnglish speakers requires training interpreters and translators for both adult and juvenile courts. Interpreters and
translators, many of whom may be volunteers, assist court
personnel and non-English speakers both inside and outside the courtroon, It is imperative that the volunteers
undergo cultural sensitivity training, as well as training to
introduce them to the terminology of the court system.
Some cities have had important documentssuch as Miranda rights, civic rights. brochures documenting court
and other legal procedures, and crime prevention educa-
The Fairfax County (Virginia) Bar Association has developed the Civil Translators Pilot Program, conducting seminars and providing reference materials for 100 volunteer
translators for the County's Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts. The program is funded through the American Bar Association's Immigration Pro Bono Development
tional materialstranslated int() languages of ethnic
Applying the Strategy
The ethnic crime prevention program in Lincoln. Nebraska, developed a series of videos in Vietnamese to be
groups in the c(nnmunity
t;hown on the public access cable television channel. The
videos explain a wide array of police services and include
Key Partnerships
techniques for ensuring personal safety and reporting
crimes. Crime reporting by members of that community
All members of the criminal justice system who are involved with the court system and law enforcement can
benefit from training and seminars on cultural diversity
problems. Colleges and universities may be able to provide
interpreters and translators as a service to the court.
Groups that help resettk refugees, such as Mutual Assistance Associations, can also pr( wide expert guidance
on court translation. Some p()lice departments have hired
has increased.
Contact Information
1110 Chain Bridge Road. ROOM 303
Fairfax. Virginia 22030
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Law Enforcement Programs for Youth From Ethnic Minorities
Potential Obstacles
Law enforcement and other members of the criminal justice system can develop close bonds with young people
who are members of ethnic minority groups by teaching
them about the U.S. criminal justice system and helping
them learn how to resist drug use and violence.
The most serious obstacle to a trusting relationship between law enforcement and ethnic minority youth link is
the problem of stereotyping. Each ethnic youth presents
a unique set of challenges, because of both cultural background and the ability to adapt to new circumstances.
Similarly, the perception of law enforcement will differ
among ethnic groups, based on experiences in the native
country To avoid stereotyping, law enforcement must be
knowledgeable about the cultures of ethnic groups in the
Crime Problem Addressed
Young people from other cultures who have resettled in
the United States face problems as teenagers as well as
problems of cultural adjustment. Frequently they feel alienated from their elders, who are less ready to adopt the
customs of their new country, and they need special attention from community leaders who can gain their trust
through cultural understanding and shared activities.
Key Components
Cultural leadership training is critical to the success of any
multicultural program to help young people keep their lives
drug- and crime-free. By working closely with refugee and
immigrant youth to meet their social-adjustment needs,
law enforcement can develop the trust required to build a
relationship that will help steer them away from victimization and from involvement with drugs, crime, and gangs.
Youth programs must integrate a respect for the person's
native traditions, while assisting the young person to understand and adapt to American culture. A culturally sensitive program should have access to competent interpret-
ers and translators.
Key Partnerships
Young people from ethnic minority groups can benefit from
the assistance of all members of the criminal justice sys-
tem, who can explain American laws, procedures, and
legal expectations. Religious institutions and others who
have sponsored the resettlement of newcomer families can
work closely with law enforcement to ensure that ethnic
youth and their parents have access to United States systems that address problems with social adjustment, physical and mental health, language, routine daily customs,
and job training.
Signs of Success
In Willows, California, ethnic tensions among youth have
decreased since a Community Service Officer began
meeting regularly with Asian youth and parents of youth
in gangs. The Officer has been successful in helping the
youth focus on school and helping parents relate more
effectively to their children.
Applying the Strategy
The Center for Urban Expression, part of the Dorchester
(Massachusetts) Youth Collaborative, sponsors Common
Ground, a violence and substance abuse prevention program for African-American, Asian, and Latino youth ages
ten to thirteen. The Massachusetts Committee on Criminal Justice has helped establish this program, which focuses on the special needs of immigrant and refugee young
people. The program is held at a youth center that also
features a basketball tournament and weight training competition. A bilingual outreach worker is a member of the
In Portland, Oregon, police meet with ethnic youth at
pizza restaurants and other informal locations to hear their
concerns. 'Me youth can attend summer field trips, and
during the school year. specially trained officers help them
with their homework and encourage them to stay in school.
Contact Information
Program Director
Center for tIrban Expression
Dorchester Youth Cobb( wative
1514-A l)orchester Avenue
)orchester, Massachusett s 02122
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Involve Residents in Community Policing Planning
Key Partnerships
By bringing residents into the community policing planning
Effective community-ohented policing requires a relationship of trust and mutual cooperation between police and
local residents. Residents must be aware that police officials view their input as valuable and necessary Effective
design of patrol beats and crime prevention programs depends on understanding neighborhood and community is-
process. law enforcement can facilitate positive relations
between the police and residents, relations that are essential to addressing resident concerns about crime and
Crime Problem Addressed
sues. Dialogue with residents and community groups
Many U.S. communities and neighborhoods face serious
problems with quality-of-life issues, lack of services, prop-
erty crime, youth violence, drug trafficking. and other
environmental factors. Typicalb; police responded to such
problems in an incident-driven and reactive fashion: they
control the particular incident, but have limited long-term
impact on crime prevention. Such techniques do not allow
residents to become partners in crime prevention and control and to address their concerns about crime and safety
As a result, many communities have poor or ineffective
relationships with the local police and there is no mutual
cooperation to address resident concerns. Communityoriented policing, which builds cooperative relationships
with residents, reflects the importance of police-resident
cooperation. Partnerships in the formative stages of community-oriented policing initiatives can enrich the effec-
brings these issues to light.
Potential Obstacles
One expert in the field remarked that "community policing
is a mindset, not just another program." The success of a
community policing initiative thus requires the entire department's understanding and commitment to its philosophy Because community policing requires restructuring
traditional law enforcement approaches and forming new
relationships with residents, efforts must be made to impart clear information to the community about the program and what the police hope to achieve through these
organizational changes. Some police departments even
contract with community leaders, who help plan, support,
and maintain community policing projects in specific neighborhoods.
tiveness of this approach.
Signs of Success
Key Components
The concept behind community policing is that the most
effective way to deal with crime is to supplement traditional approaches with police-resident cooperation in identifying and responding to problems that contribute to the
likelihood of criminal behavior in the community. Community-oriented policing encourages residents to share the
responsibility of building safer and more healthy communities. Community Policing Officers (CP0) are encouraged to build positive relationships with residents, involving the residents in crime prevention and c(nitrol t ho nigh
recognition and use of community resources. During the
planning stages of a community policing initiative, all efforts should be made to engage residents by asking for
input on analysis of neighborhood crime problems and by
involving community groups in crime prevention. Ignoring
residents in the planning stage may result in diminished
receptivity of residents to the initiative and less effective
relationships with community gnaws. Neighb(whood forums. surveys, or informal dialogues can facilitate the indvement of residents in the planning pr(wess and help
ensure a mutually acceptable and effective community pc )1icing pr(igram.
In 1990. the Bureau of Justice Assistance of the U.S.
Department of Justice awarded eight localities funds to
implement community policing initiatives. In the Innovative Neighborhood-Oriented Policing Program (INOP).
residents and police worked together to plan and design
the community policing program. INOP was successful at
many levels. Many sites reported that community-oriented policing had diminished drug trafficking. alleviated
residents' fear of crime, improved police-citizen relations,
and bolstered community involvement in crime control and
prevention projects.
Applying the Strategy
Input from community residents on the development of a
community policing initiative was a primary goal of the city
government in Cleveland, Ohio. The mayor's office organized six town hall forums, where residents were encour-
aged to air their views on the direction of the proposed
community policing progam. In addition, residents were
asked to complete surveys on the most pressing violence
and crime problems in their city and to propose solutions
to those problems. The concerns identified were followed
up by city officials within a few days of the forum, a sipal
that resident input was desired and would be valued.
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The forums attracted an average of 300 residents. Many
residents who attended also signed cards stating they
would like more information on volunteering for the De-
partment's community relations committee, Neighborhood Watch organizations, and neighborhood patrol
groups. Dozens of new Neighborhood Watch groups \vere
founded in neighborhoods throughout the city through this
Contact Information
Office of Violence Reduction and Crime Prevention
City Hall
601 Lakeside Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114
Police Cooperation With Residents To Identify Community Needs
Key Partnerships
Identification of residents' need for services by community
policing officers (CPOs) helps gain cooperation among local agencies to bring those services to the community and
its neighborhoods.
Effective community policing requires a relationship of
trust and mutual cooperation between police and local
residents. Understanding and awareness of the community's need for youth programs, employment assistance,
safe recreation facilities, medical or social support services. sanitation, and substance abuse treatment is imperative for an effective community policing program.
CPOs can work with neighborhood councils, crime watch
groups, or tenant organizations to build the relationships
that help bring such concerns to light.
In this strategy, the CPO facilitates connections between the residents and agencies from whom they need
new or expanded services. The CP() develops an under-
Crime Problem Addressed
Typically police have responded to crime-related problems in a community in an incident-driven, rapid-response
fashion. This approach quells the momentary threat, but
does not address the causes of the problem or the concerns of the residents about conditions in the neighborhood that contribute to the likelihood of crime. In community policing, the most effective way to deal with crime
is to supplement traditional law enforcement approaches
with police-resident cooperation through identification of
and response to resident concerns. Often, residents' concerns about crime go beyond incidents of criminal activity
to a need for assistance from social services or other
agencies. This strategy directs CPOs to learn about the
community's needs for services from local agencies and
service providers other than the police department. The
strategy recognizes that the police department alone cannot resolve the community's concerns, but that a network
of agencies must cooperate in assisting residents of trou-
standing of the community's needs and then helps resident
organizations or neighborhood groups advocate for services in the area or improved access to centrally located
Potential Obstacles
bled neighborhoods.
Because community policing requires restructUring traditional law enforcement approaches to crime prevention
and establishing new types of cooperative relationships
with residents, law enforcement must make a strong effort
to communicate clearly with the community about what
they hope to accomplish with the residents through com-
Key Components
munity policing. Police officers should be extensively
trained to work with residents to identify common con-
In this strategy, law enforcement agencies and social service providers, job placement agencies, and youth service
organizations coordinate their activities on behalf of neigh-
cerns in the community and to elicit resident suggestions
about how these concerns could be addressed. Some po-
lice departments hire community residents to work di-
borhoods that have denmnstrated an array of crime-related problems and social needs. Ilw implementation of
this cooperation can take the form of co-kwated services
in a neighbt whood site. coordinated outreach and infor-
rectly with the CPOs in their neighborhood.
mation to clients in specilied Lreas, or cooperative provision of services for the maximum benefit of the residents
needing assistance.
Lansing, Michigan. has benetitted from the Neighborhood
Net \vc wk Center. The Center was established after the
area's CP() began discussing the crime-related poiblems
Signs of Success
Since early 1990, the Sparrow Estates neighborhood of
350 7ested Strategies to Prevent Crime
of the neighborhood with residents and seeking their ideas
about possible solutions. This full-time neighborhood service center hosts a variety of government and nonprofit
.service providers. Services provided in this donated space
ganized programs for area youth. coordinated visits to
home-bound elderly, and supported community cleanup
projects. Area residents credit the Center and the CPUs
with restoring a "real neighborhood feeling" to an area
once known as one of the city's primary locations for drug
trafficking and street prostitution.
parenting classes;
Applying the Strategy
substance abuse and job counseling;
As far back as 1987, the police department and residents
in Savannah, Georgiaworking with other agencieshad
health care advice:
dropout prevention assistance:
established a partnership designed to increase the quality
of life in distressed neighborhoods. Supported by city,
state, federal, and private funds. the Showcase Neighbor-
interpreters for non-English speaking residents; and
hood Program sought to bring important services into
targeted neighborhoods. The successful program earned
a base of operations for law enforcement and code
the city a City Livability Award from the U.S. Conference
of Mayors in 1990.
enforcement agency activities to close drug houses in the
Contact Information
Neighborhood Network Center
Lansing Police Department
735 East Michigan Avenue
Lansing, MI 48912
The center now also serves an adjoining neighborhood.
After three years, the two neighborhoods have seen a 75
percent reduction in reported crime. The law enforcementled problem-solving team has also closed several drug
houses, connected residents with job opportunities, or-
Mobile Service Vehicles
idents and gives the CPOs a presence in each neighbor-
Mobile service vehicles staffed by community policing officers (CPUs) and representatives of service agencies pro-
hood and a base of operations for work in each community.
vide a variety of communities with access to needed assistance.
Key Components
Crime Problem Addressed
service agencies to sponsor a mobile office or service
vehicle that takes needed services to neighborhoods:
In this strategy, police combine resources with local social
Neighborhoods with serious crime, violence, drug abuse.
and quality-of-life problems are usually also neiglthorhoods
that are underserved by local government and private social service agencies. Neighborhood-based services would
be ideal for such communities, but that is often not possible in municipalities with limited city funds. Frustration
medical care;
substance abuse counseling;
job referral service:
grows in communities that believe their needs are not
being met. The social conditions that prorpt the need for
services also contribute to the likelihood of continuing
emergency housing assistance; and
support for domestic violence victims.
problems with crime and vicknce.
This strategy addres:;es those underlying social condi-
tions by using multipurpose mobile service vehicles to
provide services to several neighborhoods on a rotating
basis; the vehicles ensure that the service provider
reaches the maximum number of residents in need at the
minimum cost to any single agency or organization. Police
involvement, in cooperation with other service providers,
helps establish a basis for positive relationships with res-
In addition to providing services to residents, the presence of the vehicle deters criminal activity in the neighborhoods it visits. The mobile van gives police and other
agencies the ability to respond quicklt; as service needs
in neighborhoods changes. Ihr police, the vans provide a
vantage point for understanding the crime problems of the
neighborho(cd. even for conducting surveillance.
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Key Partnerships
Effective community policing requires a relationship of
trust and mutual cooperation between police and local
residents. The establishment of a mobile service van
should result from problem-solving discussions where police and residents have identified neighborhood concerns
and service needs. Often, resident associations serve as
a key partner police in solving problems.
Potential Obstacles
The cost of the vehicle and the personnel resources to
staff it present the most significant obstacles to this strategy Police and other contributing agencies can combine
resources to fund the purchase of the van or mobile home,
which is often marked as a police vehicle. The police department can offset the burden by seeking corporate or
community resources to buy the vehicle or to publicize
the services that neighborhoods can receive through participating agencies.
The vans were staffed by CPOs and neighborhood volunteers. They provided services as well as information about
other service providers in the area. Services included employment counseling, information on emergency food and
housing support, health screening, AIDS education, refer-
rals to substance abuse treatment, and information on
community events.
The 1992 evaluation of the INOP program cited in The
Challenge of Community Policing, by Dennis Rosenbaum,
showed that the mobile service van service centers had
significantly increased cooperation between residents and
police and had improved community relations with the
Applying the Strategy
In Abington. Pennsylvania, the Community Policing vehicle
is a twenty-foot mobile mini-station that supports CPOs'
work in the neighborhoods. It provides decentralized po-
lice services and allows other local agencies space for
neighborhood-based services. On occasion, the vehicle
Signs of Success
has been used during daylight hours as a base for observing illegal activity, resulting in several arrests.
New York City was one of eleven sites that participated in
the Innovative Neighborhood-Oriented Policing Program
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(INOP) sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance,
U.S. Department of Justice, and one of several that used
mobile service vans. The goal of the New York City program was to use a large van as a mobile resource center
for three low-income and crime-plagued neighborhoods.
Abington Township Police Department
1166 Old York Road
Abington, Pennsylvania 19001
215-885-4450. ext. 620
Bicycle Patrols
Community policing officers staff and coordinate bicycle
patrols of neighborhoods and business districts to deter
crime, identify problems, and respond to incidents.
Crime Problem Addressed
and responding to crime. Bicycle patrols are valuable because they increase enforcement capabilities and flexibility
In addition, residents and business owners perceive officers who patrol on bicycles as more approachable.
Typically police department bicycle patrols are a separate unit designated to patrol business districts or neighborhoods. Training in police work and community relations
Bicycle patrols can facilitate cooperative relationships be-
is often supplemented by strict physical conditioning. Many
:een residents and police, as they increase police visibiiity in an accessible way. Depending on the geography
and climate of the community the bicycle patrols can also
police departments raise private funds to purchase bicycles or use assets seized in drug cases to finance the unit.
In some cities, sporting goods manufacturers and bicycle
stores have donated equipment for use by the officers.
Bicycle patrol officers have even sponsored youth-officer
riding clubs as a strategy for improving relationships with
area youth.
be highly effective as an enforcement tool. They are quiet
and quick; they can pursue suspects through some areas
that police cars cannot reach.
Key Components
The concept underlying community policing is that the
most effective way to deal with crime is to build policeresident cooperation in identifying crime-related issues
Key Partnerships
Partnerships with businesses and residents can be helpful
in raising funds to support the program.
350 Tested Strategies to Prevent Crime
Potential Obstacles
Applying the Strategy
One obstacle to the strategy is the seasonal nature of its
usefulness in some communities. Long and cold winters
are not hospitable conditions for patrol on bicycles. In
The Civil Bicycle Patrol in Orange County. Florida, was
conceived and is run by civilians who work in close cooperation with police and the sheriff s department. The vol-
some southwestern and southern cities, officers have
found it uncomfortable to wear bullet-proof vests while on
patrol during summer months. Bicycle patrols have been
used in business and tourist districts during summer
months when crowds are heaviest. Raising funds for the
equipment and adapted uniforms for the officers can present an obstacle, but one which cain be overcome through
partnerships with businesses and residents. Fundraising
events can also help build community support for the police.
Signs of Success
The bicycle patrol program in San Antonio, 'texas. began
in 1990 in response to downtown merchants and residents
concerned about crime. The police department bicycle unit
started out as a subset of an established foot patrol program. It is now supported by private donations from merchants eager for increased visibility of patrol officers in
the downtown area most frequently visited by tourists. 'lb
date, bicycle patrol officers have made close to Z000 arrests and enjoy the continuing support of a growing number of area businesses and residents.
unteers report suspicious activities and deter crime
through their visibility in areas not always covered by
police patrols.
Abington. Pennsylvania, police officers participate in a
part-time bicycle patrol. Working in close cooperation with
the department's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation, the
officers are able to arrest suspects and reduce drug sales
in targeted areas, increasing resident confidence in the
department's commitment to rid the neighborhoods of
drug trafficking. Side bendits of the progi-am include increased apprehension of suspects in thefts at a nearby
shopping mall. This resulted from bicycle patrol officer
pursuit of suspects through parking lots at the request of
mall security
Contact Information
Bicycle Patrol Supervisor
San Antonio Police Department
240 East Houston Street
San Antonio, lexas 78205
Police Cooperation With Residents To Reduce Drug Trafficking
Key Partnerships
Police and residents work in partnerships to prevent drug
trafficking and substance abuse.
All community members are affected by the ills of drug
trafficking, and all hold a stake in improving their neighborhoods. Police-resident partnerships help residents take
an active stand against drug trafficking in their neighborhoods. In this capacity residents are viewed as valuable
resources who can provide police with valuable information, organize street patrols. support recreational activities for youth in the communit y. or facilitate enforcement
Crime Problem Addressed
Communities across the country struggle to address drug
trafficking, a crime problem that has taken on crisis proportions in many localities. In rural and urban settings, it
has been demonstrated that an active drug trade precipitates and perpetuates the disintegration of neighborhoods.
By supplementing traditional law enforcement methods
with community milking approaches. community members become partners in drug-trafficking prevention, maximizing the effectiveness and efficiency of the police.
Key Components
Police and residents use patrols, neighborlujod pn )blemsolving meetings. "hot spot" reporting cards, anonymous
tip lines, and crime data analysis to identify high drugtrafficking locations, track suspects, and deal with landlords and business owners who facilitate drug trafficking.
Potential Obstacles
Fear is one of the greatest issues facing residents who live
in neighborhoods with significant drug trafficking. Residents may be reluctant to become vocal, visible opponents
of drug traffickers. Resident fear cannot be abated overnight. Skilled community and police leadership working in
cooperative partnerships can build trust and encourage
resident participation to address drug dealing in safe and
effective ways.
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Signs of Success
Tempe. Arizona, is a densely populated suburb of Phoenix,
about a three-hour drive from the border of Mexico. In
1990, Tempe was chosen to participate in the U.S. Department of Justice-sponsored Innovative NeighborhoodOriented Policing (INOP) initiative. The focus of the city's
community policing program was to reduce drug-related
crime in neighborhoods through partnerships among law
enforcement. community organizations, and local residents. A police "beat team" was set up with the following
develop intelligence and information systems to support
drug enforcement and demand reduction:
implement a communications network and information
hotline with citizen groups, to educate them on drug pre-
vention and involve them in drug and crime prevention
and were encouraged to play an active role in implementing
the program.
The 1992 evaluation of INOP rated lempe's community
policing program as extremely effective, particularly on
the issues of reducing drug trafficking and drug-related
crime decreasing fear among residents, and enhancing
community organization and involvement.
Applying the Strategy
The South Seattle (Washington) Crime Prevention Council
is another example of a successful police-community part-
nership. Formed in 1988, the group targeted suspected
drug locations with aggressive patrols, followed up on
citizen hotline reports of crack house locations, and inves-
tigated citizen complaints of drug activity in public and
private housing. Police followed up on more than 1,200
citizen reports in just one year, closing crack houses and
enforcing violations by landlords. The Seattle Police Department has been a national leader in supporting community crime prevention strategies since the 1970s.
coordinate enforcement activities;
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expand recreational and educational programs staffed
by team members; and
enhance existing community outreach programs.
In addition, the city developed a citizen police acadenf;
where residents received training in community policing
Community Policing Bureau
Seattle Police Department
700 3rd Avenue, Room 540
Seattle, Washington 98104
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Safe and Attractive
Public Places
Crime prevention
means much more than
protection of
individuals within their
homes. Safe and
thriving communities
need parks, downtown
shopping areas,
business districts,
schools, and public
housing communities
where residents can
feel protected from the
threat of crime and
he maintenance of public areas in which people can interact is critical in
fostering the sense of community that is needed to empower ar..1 mlivate residents
to prevent crime and rebuild their cities. The 86 strategies in this chapter are divided
into ten crime problem areas:
City-Wide (twelve strategies)Perhaps mo.e important than any single strategy
to address a specific crime is an overarching commitment to increase citizens' perception of safety and a general sense that crime prevention actions are occurring. Key
programs that can address all crimes include safety inspections, such as those which
reduced crime in public housing by 62 percent in Danville, Virginia, and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) programs, which use the planning
and design of an area to make residents feel secure in their environment, both indoors
and outdoors. City crime prevention councils encourage partnerships between businesses and residents that identify and address crime issues.
Downtown/Business Districts (seven strategies)Businesses can take numerous actions to discourage crime. Business Watch programs create partnerships
between the police and local businesses to increase awareness of crime trends and
take preventive measures such as safety inspections to make workplaces crime-resistant. A Seattle Business Watch cut crime by almost 50 percent. Other safety recommendations can come from insurance companies or municipal inspectors who evaluate
the security of a business district.
Retail Businesses (six strategies)Individual retail businesses can use highly
innovative strategies to reduce the risk of crime. City and state governments can
improve safety by enacting high-risk business security guidelines and ordinances that
identify areas that have particularly high crime rates or businesses that are especially
vulnerable to illegal activity. A Gainesville, Florida, ordinance requiring a number of
measures, such as two clerks at night, alarms, and drop safes, was credited with
eliminating three-quarters of store robberies. Stores have taken independent act i(in to
discourage crime by limiting the amount of cash in registers and placing life-sized
cardboard police officers in visible parts of the establishment to deter would-be criminals.
Entertainment Districts (nine strategies)Red-light districts and concentrations of entertainment within a city often suffer from corresponding concentrations of
criminal activities, particularly drug trafficking and prostitution. CVIED mea sures
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can accomplish a great deal in ridding an area of these
undesirable behaviors. Zoning laws can prevent the overaccumulation of entertainment industries that spur crime,
such as bars, liquor stores, and adult book stores. Restrictions on turning and parking can also inconvenience
criminal businesses and prevent their incidence. The securing or demolition of abandoned buildings can have a
substantial impact on crime, as evidenced by a study in
Austin, Texas, showing that there was no crime in twothirds of abandoned but secure buildings, whereas 83 percent of abandoned and unsecured buildings were crime
Malls (six strategies)Shopping malls are often vulnerable targets of crime and theft. "lb deter crime, it is
important to maintain a police or security presence at
virtually all times. Accordingly, many malls across the
country have instituted 24-hour security staffs to ensure
business safety at all hours. Bike patrols at malls also
increase the visibility of security staff, making criminal
activity riskier. Sonie bike patrols have led to reports of
up to 69 percent reductions in crime.
Parks (four strategies)Parks and recreational public
spaces can serve as sources of civic pride and as centers
for social activities that prevent crime. If left to deteriorate, however, parks become centers of criminal activity
and symbols of municipal decay The public should be encouraged to maintain parks through Take Back the Parks
programs that encourage residents to clear up local recreation areas and increase surveillance tf, ;,revent crime
and to provide centers for activity. Other programs have
capitalized on accessible parks; a midnight basketball program in Phoenix, Arizona. organizes basketball games
during the times when crime occurs most frequently from
10 p.m. to 2 a.m., and has achieved a 55 percent reduction
ingness to use public transportation, and more positive
perceptions of the homeless population. Subway station
design can use better lighting and visibility to tighten security and alleviate fears of crime. Buses can lower the
risk of theft by enacting exact fare requirements and using
an inaccessible coin deposit safe.
Schools (fifteen strategies)All too frequently,
schools are unable to perform as centers of learning because of the presence of violence and crime within them.
Countering this trend requires increased surveillance to
keep criminals and strangers outside of schools in conjunction with increased internal security to stop students
from committing crimes. A number of programs exist to
achieve the goals of CPTED: Lafayette County, Mississippi, restricts the number of doors through which visitors
can enter the school, uses closed-circuit television cameras.- and has volunteer security patrols in order to make
sure that people who don't belong on school grounds don't
go there; the required wearing of school identification
cards allows strangers or intruders on school grounds to
be spotted immediately; turning off the lights after school
stops vandalism by preventing graffiti from being visible.
Schools can bolster their internal security by having codes
of conduct and dress codes that establish community rules
and discourage gang behavior. Student crime watches and
crime hotlines also create a climate intolerant to crime
among the student population. Around the country drugfree and gun-free zones have abated major crime threats
on school grounds.
Public Housing Communities (fifteen strategies)Public housing communities often experience significant violence and other crimes. Sonie offenders are
residents; many others are visitors, illegal occupants of
residential units, or trespassers. Without action to protect
them, residents and visitors suffer injury, law-abiding residents live in fear, and public areas of the community go
in juvenile crime.
Hospitals (three strategies)Hospitals are becoming increasingly susceptible to theft and violence, compounding the traumas of physical injury and illness with
the victimization of crime. Preventive measures include
restricting access to prevent wandering visitors from
stealing possessions and assigning police or security
guards to emergency rooms to prevent violence.
unused or deteriorate. As in any other neighborhood,
when residents collaborate with one another, property
management, and police, crime is reduced. Property managers and police in Mobile, Alabama, enforce provisions of
resident leases which prohibit criminal activity; in one 18month period they evicted 90 crime-involved residents.
Enforcement of trespass laws helped make public com-
munities in Tampa, Florida; Baltimore, Maryland; and
Public Transportation (nine strategies)The appearance and actual security of public transportation facil-
ities has a great deal to do with residents' perception of
crime in their city. Subways can be high-risk areas for
crime, engendering an atmosphere of fear among passengers. City ordinances to ban panhandling in subway sta-
other cities safer for law-abiding residents and their families. Closed-circuit television surveillance of lobbies and
hallways in New York City's Bronxdale complex helped
police identify drug-dealing suspects without endangering
residents. Saginaw, Michigan's resident patrol in public
crime rates in the subways (a New Thrk subway ban on
housing trains residents to use portable radios to notify
police of intruders and trespassers. More than 15,000
residents of New Thrk City's public housing had volun-
panhandling reduced crimes by 15 percent), a greater will-
teered for resident pat rols as of 1994.
tions have resulted in a number of benefits. including lower
Safe and Attractibe Public Places
High-Risk Business Security Guidelines/Ordinances
Signs of Success
Voluntary security guidelines or mandatory ordinances es-
The Southland Corporation developed security guidelines
tablish safety and security requirements for retail businesses at high risk of violent crime.
that emphasized reducing the opportunity for crime by
making stores less attractive to robbers. From 1975 to
1986 their stores had a 37 percent reduction in robbery,
and the average theft amount decreased from more than
$130 to less than $40 (Crowe, Erickson & Scott, "Set
Crime Problem Addressed
High-risk business security guidelines or ordinances address robbery and other crimes that may accompany it:
assault, rape, and murder.
Key Components
Businesses at high risk of being victimized by violent
crime are identified. They may be located in high-crime
neighborhoods, open 24 hours per day, have only one or
two staff during late-night hours, and sell alcohol. Police
and businesses work to develop security guidelines that
address cash control, employee training, lighting, store
layout and design, staffing, and store appearance. The
retail industry may seek voluntary compliance, or local
ordinances may be necessary.
Key Participants
The policing agency, local retail businesses, and business
associations must work together to promote the safety of
high-risk businesses.
Your Sights on Preventing Retail Violence," Security Management, Sept. 1987). In Gainesville, Florida, a late-night
security ordinance is credited with a 74 percent robbery
reduction from 1986 to 1989 (Virginia State Crime Commission, "Violent Crimes in Convenience Stores," 1993).
Applying the Strategy
Florida's 1990 Convenience Store Security Act focuses on
retail stores operating between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. that
report a serious violent act. It requires that these stores
set up alarms and video cameras, drop safes, security
lighting, training, height markers, increased visibility, and
cash management procedures.
Contact Information
Florida Bureau of Criminal Justice Programs
Office of the Attorney General, The Capitol
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1050
Potential Obstacles
Retail businesses are resistant to security ordinances.
Many do not support requirements to have two clerks on
duty during late-night operations.
CPTED Ordinances/Guidelines
Key Components
An ordinance or guideline establishes local Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) standards.
CPTED is action to design the physical environment in
ways that reduce or remove identifiable crime risks. The
following steps are involved: (1) Organize a small group
Crime Problem Addressed
representing planning, zoning, building, and crime prevention to develop the CPTED initiative. (2) Provide CPTED
training to the planning group and orientations to the police
CPTED ordinances address a broad range of violent and
property crimes, including robbery, assault, burglar; larceny, auto theft, vandalism, and drug dealing.
department, community groups, business leaders. and
economic development officials. (3) Develop a list of
Cll'ED initiatives to incorporate into zoning, redevelop-
350 Psted Strategies to Prevent Crime
ment, or economic development. They should address
lighting, security hardware, street and building access
guidelines helped created active, attractive, and safe
streets. The Ringling School of Art and Design, which
control, visibility: and landscaping.
was in an unsafe neighborhood, developed a strong sense
of place and was treated with respect following remodeling
using CPTED design guidelines. Litter was reduced and
sculptures placed in open view were not defaced (Catalyst.
National Crime Prevention Council, Oct. 1993).
Key Participants
Crl'ED ordinances require a partnership that includes
government leaders and planning staff. p( ilice, community
groups, architects, and developers.
Potential Obstacles
It may be difficult to interest and organize the variety of
individuals and professions necessary to develop a CPTEI)
ordinance. Many see Crl'ED as having high up-front
costs. CPTED works best with new construction.
CPTED for existing structures and neighborhoods will be
more involved and costly
Signs of Success
CPTED guidelines that began as a plan to reduce crime
in the North Trail Neighborhood in Sarasota. Florida, became an accepted part of the local planning process. The
Applying the Strategy
Sarasota. Florida, organized a CPTED Thsk Force under
the authority of the city manager. It recommended amending the ,:ity's zoning law to establish a special zoning district where CPTED was a major component in business
revitalization. Later, a resolution in support of Cll'ED for
all city land development and redevelopment projects was
Contact Information
City of Sarasota
Planning and Development Department
PO. Box 1058
Sarasota, Florida 34230
Code Enforcement Teams
and property managers and residents must coopLcate to
identify and control crime-generating properties.
learns are organized to enfiirce federal, state, and local
laws, codes, and ordinances to intrude on the crime-generating activities of occupants or owners of propert y
Potential Obstacles
where illegal activities occur.
Crime Problem Addressed
Code enforcement teams address many crimes, including
drug sales, gambling, illegal liquor sales, and other serious
crimes often associated with these activities, such as
rape, robbery and assault.
Key Components
Locations where illegal activities are taking place are identified. The public should be encouraged to report locations
where the illegal activities are occurring. The enforcement
and regulatory resources of the locality are coordinated
to use the full f0rce of federal, state, and hical law to
intrude on the activities of crime-generating sites. I lealth.
building, and fire codes are used to have these locations
brought into compliance or closed down.
Key Participants
The police: pilisecuting attcorney; courts; health, buikling,
and fire c(ide officials: fire marshall; alcohol regulators:
The variety of participating organizations presents problems of organization, and often the code enforcement process can be very bureaucratic. For code enforcement to
be effective, other kical government departments must
respond quickly to issues. It will also be difficult to locate
property owners and hold them accountable for their property.
Signs of Success
The Oakland. California. Pohce Beat I lealt h pr( gram
worked with housing, health, and fire officials to reduce
criminal activity at 424 properties from 1988 to 199L The
police also offered a program to landlords to teach them
how to control or remove illegal activity from their property ("Beat I lealth Staff Report.- Oakland Police Department, 1991).
Applying the Strategy
The Dallas, lexas. Police Department has SAFE teams
that address blighted buildings, crack houses, and similar
properties with teams of law enforcement and code enforcement personnel.
SO and Attractive Public Places
A neighborhood planning team composed of key city
agencies and neighborhood groups was organized by the
New Haven, Connecticut, police to monitor activities in
high-crime neighborhoods and to focus crime prevention
Contact Information
Dallas Police Department
4230 West Illinois
Dallas, 'texas 75211
Utility/Employee Watch
Potential Obstacles
Businesses and government agencies that have two-way
radio communications are organized to report dangerous
or suspicious situations.
Maintaining the interest of workers may be difficult. An
incentives program can be developed to recognize them
for their support. There may also be some indifference
from police patrol personnel who might view some of the
reports as unimportant or a waste of time.
Crime Problem Addressed
These programs address crimes that occur in public view:
they can be a valuable resource in reporting safety hazards
and emergencies such as accidents and tires.
Key Components
Businesses or organizations that have two-way radio com-
munication capabilities with staff traveling through the
community by vehicle are asked to report suspicious activities. Reporting requirements are established between
the policing agency and the participating organizations. A
training manual is prepared and used to teach employees
how to recognize and report dangerous and suspicious
situations. Police staff are oriented on the purpose and
operation of the program.
Key Participants
Businesses or organizations that have two-way radio communication are key players in this strategy Public utilities
and local governments have provided significant support
for this strategy in many localities. Reporting must be
coordinated through the central dispatching office of the
Signs of Success
In Salem, Oregon, the workers of the Valley Garbage and
Recycling Association made more than 400 reports that
have helped to foil car thieves, help catch burglars, and
save lives in accidents (Thundations tbr Action. National
Crime Prevention Council. 1990).
Applying the Strategy
The Fleetwatch Program operated by the Springfield. Illinois, Police Department involves more than MO companies. It includes public utilities, moving companies, tow
trucks, cable companies, repair trucks, and sanitation
trucks. They have helped apprehend criminals, find weapons, and locate lost chiidren.
Contact Information
Springfield Police Department
617 Jefferson Street
Springfield. Illinois 62701
policing agency.
Address Women's Concerns
Develop crime prevent ic Hi pn)grams filnll a V( won's per-
Crime Problem Addressed
Reducing fear of sexual assault and other physical attacks
is the primary goal of this approach. The fear of being
victimized by men leads many women to change their lifestyles, which can have a detrimental impact on the quality
of their lives.
Key Components
Surve,'s are conducted to determine which situations and
pe(n,!e generate the most fear antimg women when out in
public. Particular attention is paid to the unconscious be-
350 Tested Strategies to Prevent Crime
haviors women engage in to avoid unsafe situations. The
opinions of men are compared with those of women.
Based on the research, crime prevention proposals that
address the fears expressed by both groups are developed. A public education campaign is designed to make
men aware of behaviors that make women uneasy in public.
This perspective approach can be used for other groups,
such as the elderly children, or the disabled.
A handbook of tips for men to help them make women feel
safer was developed. Tips included the following: don't sit
too close to a woman riding alone on public transportation:
if walking in the same direction as a woman on her own,
don't walk behind her but cross the road and walk on the
other side ("Helping Women Feel Safer," Crime Prevention
News, British Home Office, Fall 1989).
.Applying the Strategy
Key Participants
Community, victims', and women's groups need to work
with the police and researchers to develop a greater understanding of women's perceptions of safety.
The Safer Cities initiative in Thronto took a similar approach. Grassroots women's organizations conducted research to identify the public places where women feel un-
safe. Crime prevention strategies were developed to
address the fear of crime by focusing on urban safety .and
Potential Obstacles
Some men may see this approach as a feminization of
crime prevention. British research found many men were
unwilling to make behavioral changes recommended by
study groups.
Signs of Success
The British Home Office researched male behaviors that
frightened women and made them uncomfortable in public.
design. The program has been duplicated in Montreal.
Winnipeg, and Ottawa.
Contact Information
Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
355 Lumberg Bldg.
4700 Kee le Street
North York, Ontario M3J1P3
Citizen Crime Prevention Councils
Potential Obstacles
A council of community representatives to provide support
and advice on public safety issues.
Finding individuals with strong leadership skills who are
willing to devote volunteer time can be a challenge. Local
government and the police may be unwilling to give the
Crime Problem Addressed
council a meaningful voice in developing crime-related policies and programs.
Crime prevention councils are organized to address all
types of crime.
Signs of Success
Key Components
The Citizens Committee for New York City evaluated
A partnership is formed among the police, government,
citizen groups, professional organizations, and business to
identify crime problems and develop programs to address
them. Members should represent a wide variety of community interests. The council should be a formal organization with elected leaders and bylaws. It should serve in
an advisory role and have the ability to influence crime
prevention policy. Government may provide funds to sup-
neighborhood block associations. It found that strong and
durable block associations increase the ability to prevent
and combat crime. It found that a strong sense of community at the block level produced greater commitment to
anticrime activities, that residents of organized blocks
were more aware and less fearful of crime, that active
associations were most likely to report crimes to the po-
port council activities.
lice, and that the most successful associations had a welldeveloped system of communication (Research Update,
California Department of Justice, 1989).
Key Participants
Applying the Strategy
Neighborhood Watch supporters, civic groups, community and business leaders, the police, and government organize to form a volunteer advisory council.
The Citizens Committee for New York City also organized
a Neighborhood Leadership Institute, which has trained
more than 500 persons on how to lead block associations
Sale and Attractive Public Places
and tenant groups. In addition to coordinating the city
Contact Information
Block Watch program, the Crime Watch Coalition in Newport News, Virginia, has coordinated drug and child abuse
Citizens Committee of New York City
prevention workshops, self-defense classes, and support
groups for crime victims. The city provides $12,000 annually to support the coalition.
New York, New York 10001
3 West 29th Street
Safer Design of Public Areas in Neighborhoods
Signs of Success
Neighborhoods can reduce drug-related activity through
environmental changes that make their communities less
vulnerable and hospitable to drug dealers.
In the fall of 1992, residents in the Five Oaks community
of Dayton. Ohio, joined forces with local police and city
Drug Problem Addressed
35 iron gates and 26 alley barricades were installed around
the Five Oaks community The gates and barricades were
effective in closing off open space previously occupied and
Some communities are perfect hideaways for drug dealers
and users. The lighting is poor, the streets permit speeding traffic and traffic patterns that enable quick-getaways.
signs are in disrepair and there are no sidewalks for residents.
Key Components
Crime and drug activity can be reduced if a neighborhood
or community is physically designed to provide protection
for its residents. Physical changes or improvements can
include erecting and maintaining better outdoor lighting,
installing and enforcing traffic control signs and lights, closing or limiting access to streets to avoid through traffic,
building fences, cleaning up bushes and shrubbery in parks
and other public places, installing or repairing sidewalks,
and removing abandoned vehicles.
Key Partnerships
Community residents can team with municipal planners.
architects, city agencies, law enforcement, traffic engineers, and utility companies to create a safer environmental design in their neighborhoods.
Possible Obstacles
Often, municipal governments are unwilling to work with
neighborhoods to improve the physical layout and design
of their mei' to reduce the presence of drug dealers and
other criminals. The process frequently takes time because of the requirements of surveying. analysis, bidding
for contracts, and delegating funds, all of which require
patience from neighborhood residents. In addition to technical issues, there are also issues of eliminating residents'
fears, establishing trust between law enforcement and res-
idents, and working to design a model that not only increases safety but promotes neighborhood beautification.
planners to institute a Neighborhood Stabilization program. Based on the premise of creating defensible space,
used as a main thoroughfare by drug dealers and prostitutes. According to a report from Dayton's Office of Management and Budget, the initiative resulted in a 50 percent
decrease in violent crime and a 24 percent decrease in
nonviolent crime.
Applying the Strategy
In the east-side peninsula of Bridgeport, Connecticut, an
area referred to locally as "Beirut" where 10 percent of
the state's homicides occurred in one year, local police
authorities and city planning officials implemented a street
modification program called the Phoenix Project. Street
barriers were installed in heavy drug traffic areas to create
"loop- streets coupled with traffic control devices (signs,
signals, markings, and gates), making street entrances
one-way turn-offs onto side streets difficult, and traffic
Av easier to manage and monitor. The project involved a
tcn-component community intervention plan including
community mobilization, increased tactical enforcement,
and a multilaw enforcement sting operation targeted at
removing dangerous gang and drug leaders from the
streets. The overall initiative resulted in an approximate
75 percent decline in crime and the lowest crime rate in
the area since 1972.
Contact Information
Bridgeport Police Department
300 Congress Street
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604
)ayton Police I )epartment
Professional Standards Divkion
335 W Third Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402
350 Thsted Strategies to Prerent ('rime
Live-In Police Officers
Incentives encourage police officers to live in high-crime
hoods are also likely to be unattractive to police officers
with families. Because this living arrangement is a benefit
of employment for participating officers, it will be taxed as
Crime Problem Addressed
Signs of Success
Having police officers living in high-crime communities
addresses all types of crime, but more important, it addressees the public's fear of crime and sense of security
A public housing resident in Elgin, Illinois, stated that -a
dramatic, drastic and significantly important change for the
Key Components
There are a variety of options to encourage police officers
to move into high-crime neighborhoods. Public housing
authorities have the option of providing apartments in public housing communities at little or no cost. Privately managed apartment communities can also provide apartments
at little or no cost. Another option is to provide low-inter-
est mortgage loans to encourage police officers to buy
homes in high-crime neiglthorhoods. Local governments
use grant money or foundation donations to provide these
low-interest loans.
Key Participants
Local governments working with public housing authorities. apartment management companies, and lending institut'ons can develop a variety of living options for police
officers in high-crime neighborhoods.
Potential Obstacles
better in the living conditions there as a result of having
police officers living there." The U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development has approved accommodations for 135 officers to live free in public housing communities over the past five years (Crime Prevention News,
May 1994).
Applying the Strategy
The Cops on the Block program in Savannah, Georgia.
offers police officers 4 percent loans to buy homes in highcrime neighborhoods. Similar reduced loan programs are
used in Columbia. South Carolina, and Wichita, Kansas.
Police officers live in public housing at no cost in Milwaukee. Wisconsin. and Alexandria. Virginia.
Contact Information
Savannah Police Department
323 East Oglethorpe Avenue
Savannah, Georgia 31412
Traditionally police officers have tended to move away
from the communities they police. High-crime neighbor-
Require Businesses To Remove Graffiti
Key Components
Identify business locations prone to graffiti and require
City policy which establishes standards requiring business
them to remove it pr()mptly.
owners to paint over or remove graffiti is the first step.
The ordinance sets out graduated sanctions against property owners who do not take action to address graffiti
vandalism. The sanctions include letters from the public
works or police department, followed by fines and other
penalties for those who do not remove graffiti within set
timelines. Property owners are informed of the policy
through communication from the city The city also pub-
Crime Problem Addressed
Graffiti is a siy.,Tnificant vandalism problem for businesses
and communities throughout the country Beyond the defacing of property from graffiti, the strategy aims to prevent drug sales, robberies, and (g her crimes which may
result in an area where long-standing graffiti sigm',A disorder and decline in a neighb(whood.
licly announces the policy to ensure that all property own-
ers and vandals understand the sanctions and the city's
Si* and Altractire Public Places
commitment to zero tolerance for graffiti. Most cities who
initiate such policies also inform property owners of volunteer or city-sponsored assistance available to help them
with graffiti removal.
Key Partnerships
Signs of Success
The Community Crime Prevention:SAFE Program in
Minneapolis assists property by providing information
packets on how to remove graffiti. The police department
helps out by providing graffiti removal materials and equipment to residents and businesses.
Neighborhood associations, business watch groups, and
local business federations call help police and public works
departments identify properties with significant graffiti
problems and coordinate resources to repair the defaced
Potential Obstacles
It may be difficult to get property owners who live out of
the area or who do not demonstrate a commitment to the
neighborhood to comply with the removal ordinance. The
system of graduated sanctions provides the city agency
with options to encourage compliance. Fees paid by the
owners who do not voluntarily comply can be used to
support equipment and supplies to remove graffiti from
problem properties. Some localities publish the names of
property owners fined as a strategy to promote their com-
pliance. In other cases, business owners complain that
they should not be held accountable for damage that others
do to their property. The availability of volunteer (or required community service) resources helps address business owners concerns about the cost of compliance.
Applying the Strategy
Cleveland (OH) requires businesses to remove graffiti
within specified time frames. Businesses who do not respond to the initial notification can be tined or have liens
placed on their property. Police and the courts help property owners by supplying materials, community volun-
teers, and juveniles sentenced to help with removal of
graffiti as their punishment for "tagging- or other minor
property offenses.
Contact Information
)epart ment of Neighborhmd Services
Room 310-1-2 City I lall
350 South 5th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415-1388
Restricted Access to Selected Streets or Neighborhoods
Control access to streets and neighborhoods, making
travel inconvenient for mni-residents.
Crime Problem Addressed
Access restrictions aim to prevent burglary and larceny in
residential and business areas, but for some locations may
also help pre.ent easy access by those who wish to buy
drugs or commit other crimes and escape quickl: The
restrictions can also help address traffic flow and redirect
out of town traffic away from residential districts.
Key Components
The restrictions or street closures are based on analysis
of area crime problems and review of traffic patterns to
determine how redirection of streets or blockades on certain streets could help address the problem. The restric
tions are made possible by installing permanent or semipermanent barriers. and establishing one-way directions
for specific streets. The analysis by the police is supplemented by input from traffic engineers and street planners
about the style of barrier which would best suit the purposes of the policN: Evaluation of the plan by tire officials
helps ensure that response time is not adversely impacted
by street changes. Tlw changes are discussed with residents and businesses to determine how to address security concerns without unduly inconveniencing their routines or ability to survive.
Key Partnerships
Interagency coordination in the design and application of
the policy builds support for the policy and helps increase
the likelihood that street restrictions will help reduce
crime without creating problems for fire and other emergency response teams. Cooperation of residents and businesses is essential to understand the impact of the restrictions and build support for expenditures associated with
the barriers, street signs, and additional police patrols.
Potential Obstacles
Those who live outside the restricted access area may
resent the inconvenience or restriction from entering certain areas as an infringement on their ability to travel as
350 Psted Strategies to Prevent Crime
they please. The policy decision to restrict streets or
block access must be viewed in balance with safety benefits, public opinion, and the impact of closures op residents and businesses.
Signs of Success
Crime in Bridgeport, Connecticut is the lowest it has been
in nearly twenty-five years following imposition of street
closures and access restrictions in a neighborhood adja-
cent to the interstate highway Previously, unrestricted
Applying the Strategy
A Dayton (OH) policy restricting traffic patterns in three
neighborhoods resulted in a 50 percent decrease in violent
crime and a two-thirds decline in traffic through the residential communities.
Redirection of traffic and new speed controls, parking
restrictions, and street closures in public housing communities in Knoxville (TN) helped those neighborhoods
achieve a 35 percent reduction in overall crime and a significant reduction in the number of drive by shootings.
access to the low-income neighborhood had facilitated out-
sider travel to the area to buy illegal drugs. Redesign of
traffic patterns, bisected intersections, and reduced ingress and egress into the area resulted in a significant
reduction in all types of crime within three months. Established after significant public hearings and extended discussions with fire officials and street planners. the policy
continues to enjoy significant support among neighbors and
Contact Information
Mayor's Office
45 Lyon Terrace
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604
Apply Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design to Parking Structures
place or possible, the police should build a relationship with
Use of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
(CPTED) concepts reduces opportunity for all types of
crimes and addresses security concerns of residents using
such facilities in business districts and shopping malls.
the property owner and suggest security upgrades which
would address crimes in that specific location. Frequent
users of the facility should be surveyed about their fears,
past victimization, and ideas on how to increase the security of the facility.
Crime Problem Addressed
Potential Obstacles
This strategy addresses all types of property crimes (theft
Property owners may be reluctant to spend money on
from vehicles, vandalism against vehicles) and crimes
against individuals (assault, robbery rape) which occur in
enclosed parking facilities. It helps to reduce the opportunity for such crimes by paying attention to design issues
which can increase surveillance and promote the use of
the structures.
Key Components
The effectiveness of the strategy is enhanced if the security issues are addressed at the design stage. If that is
not possible. security issues can be reviewed and alterations made based on an analysis of crime data and usage
of the facility. Security reviews include lighting within the
structure, controlled access to the facility, installation of
signs reminding drivers to lock car doors, removal of cars
left in the facility beyond a specific number of days. and
coverage of walls with white or light paint to reduce the
number of dark shadows in the facilit
Key Partnerships
City policy which requires security issues to be addressed
at the design level is the optimal situation. If that is not in
security upgrades. Police can help owners understand the
benefits of that expenditure by pointing out that security
problems may lead to people avoiding the facility or that a
user victimized in the facility could bring legal action
against an owner for failure to implement security procedures. A reduction in incidents could help the owner reduce insurance costs as well.
Signs of Success
Iiironto (Canada) amended its by-laws to increase security
in existing parking structures. The policy now includes all
mixed use and commercial garages (new and existing
structures). City officials promoted use of the garages and
provided drivers with reminders about how to secure their
cars and take precautions while in the facility Within a
year, 97 percent of the city's 750 garages had complied,
reducing crime in parking facilities throughout lbronto.
Based on the Thronto example. laws in Vancouver (Canada) specify minimum design, lighting, signage, and maintenance in parking facilities. The laws apply to new facili-
ties. The city is investigating the possibility of
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partnerships with the local power utility to provide enhanced energy efficient lighting for parking structures.
Applying the Strategy
According to a security expert, malls in California and
Knoxville (TN) reduced crime in mall parking facilities by
as much as 25 percent after they instituted MEI) se-
Contact Information
CITED Liaison
Vancouver Police Department
312 Main Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
curity enhancements.
Reduce Insurance Premiums for Security Improvements
Potential Obstacles
Use state or city policy to require insurance premium
Some homeowners may have difficulty finding funds to
implement some security measures, particularly alarms
and more expensive devices. City or state policy can provide support to low-income residents through loans or
support to those who have been previously victimized.
Insurance companies can provide discounted coupons for
specific items by working with product manufacturers or
reductions for businesses or homeowners who install recommended security measures.
Crime Problem Addressed
The policy is intended to encourage residents and business
owners to take action which helps reduce the incidence of
burglary, home invasion, and vandalism.
Key Components
Local or state insurance replators work with police to
identify basic security enhancements which can reduce the
vulnerability of homes and businesses to property crime.
They establish a policy which mandates homeowner insurance premium reductions for people who install basic devices such as window locks, deadbolt door locks, alarms.
or other access control and early warning techniques. The
techniques and devices which qualify property owners for
reductions vary from state to state. In other cases, insurance companies offer residents reductions as part of
their strategy to limit the loss of profit through claims
Key Partnerships
Police and neighborhood watch groups can help build
awareness ameng property owners of the reductions available. Police can ,:lso help residents understand the value
of specific techniques and products, advising them on how
to prioritize expenditure's on pr(ducts available. Insurance
agents can provide homeowners with a list of devices and
techniques which qualify for reductions. Community
groups can adv(Icate to insurance companies for reductions where they are not required through state or local
Signs of Success
liAas mandates insurance premium reductions for home
security improvements. The policy has helped reduce burglaries among those who have taken advantage of the policy. The rate reduction requirements on companies operating in the state has become part of how they market
services to homeowners.
The New York-based Insurance Information Institute
helps homeowners and companies evaluate techniques
which help secure homes and businesses from crime.
Applying the Strategy
A community-based organization in Baltimore (MI)) organized residents and advocated successfully for insurance
premium reductions for homeowners who install security
devices. They recruited other companies to donate moticni
detectors, locks, lights, and fencing supplies for low-income residents. The pilot program will seek similar benefits for apartment dwellers by working thr(mgh landkIrds
to build awareness of available premium reductums and
security concerns. The program also focuses on fire
safety awareness and fireproofing of homes.
Contact Information
Insurance In fOrmation Inst it ute
110 William Street
New liwk, New Y( Irk 10038
164 .350 Tested Strategies to Prevent Crime
Business Crime Prevention Education
Potential Obstacles
A curriculum on small retail business crime prevention
teach marketing education students in high schools.
Local schools have many demands placed upon them. Introduction of another new curriculum may meet with some
resistance or indifference.
Crime Problem Addressed
Signs of Success
The crime prevention curriculum course addresses all
types of crime faced by businesses: robber!.; burglary,
Sixty full-time marketing education teachers in Fairfax
Count; Virginia, are using the curriculum to teach 3,800
marketing education students. A survey of marketing education teachers statewide was very positive about the
strategies is used by marketing education teachers to
assault, shoplifting, credit card and check fraud, employee
theft, refund fraud, and substance abuse in the workplace.
Key Components
A committee representing education, business, and crime
prevention is organized to develop a crime prevention cur-
riculum for retail businesses for high school marketing
education students. The curriculum should address robbery. burglar y. shoplifting, fraud, employee theft, and
drugs in the workplace. It should include an instructor's
guide and student workbooks. Marketing education teachers should have a brief orientation at which they receive
an instructor's guide, which includes a detailed set of overheads to accompany the training manual. Marketing edu-
cation teachers should use the instructional material to
teach retail business crime prevention to students. The
students should also receive a student's manual.
Key Participants
Local schools. law enforcement, and business can work
together to provide training to marketing education teachers and students interested in a business career.
Applying the Strategy
A small retail business crime prevention curriculum has
been used in school systems throughout Virginia. The
training program has been presented to nearly 9,000 high
school students. In 1995, Nations Bank was considering
supporting the project in its nine-state banking area, and
Visa U.S.A. was studying the possibility of nationwide
Contact Information
Project Director
Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Center
418 Pt mbroke Four
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462
Community Safety and Security Assessments
Key Components
Safety and security assessments of neighborhoods,
The physical boundaries of the area to be assessed are
schools, and business districts are conducted.
clearly defined. Data about crimes, arrests, and radio calls
from the police, as well as demographic data and land use
plans from the community planning department. are obtained. An assessment team, which can include representatives from police, health, building inspections, fire, traf-
Crime Problem Addressed
Safety and security assessments address all types of.
fic, community groups, education, social services, and
.1 ""r.
Safi' and Atlractice Public Plac('s
housing management, is organized. The team is familiarized with the location and background data and conduct an
on-site inspection. The inspection should assess the physical condition of the area and how it may deter or encourage
crime. Residents and other users are interviewed. Government policies and practices related to how the area is
served are reviewed. A report of findings is made, with
recommendations to correct deficiencies.
Key Participants
Residents, community organizations, the police, and local
government officials can work together to conduct community assessments.
Potential Obstacles
Strong support from the local government must be
achieved because of the broad range of government services and data involved. The assessment process can be
1,ery labor intensive and should be reserved for high-risk
Signs of Success
In Danville, Virginia, overall crime in public housing was
reduced by 62 percent from 1990 to 1992 after changes
based on a safety and security assessment were implemented. Police domestic calls decreased 38 percent and
fight calls dropped 19 percent ("Safety Assessment for the
Danville Housing and Development Authority" Virginia
Crime Prevention Association, 1992).
Applying the Strategy
The National School Sdety Center has developed a school
safety assessment process that examines school management, student behavior, and the school building and surrounding property The Virginia Crime Prevention Association uses a community safety and security assessment
process to assess the safety and security of public housing
Contact Information
Virginia Crime Prevention Association
P.O. Box 6942
Richmond, Virginia 23220
Fax Information Network
Potential Obstacles
A fax .network alerts businesses to crime problems or
Participation is restricted to businesses that have fax machines. The system must deliver timely and accurate information or the businesses may lose confidence in it.
patterns in the commercial community
Crime Problem Addressed
The fax information network will provide timely information about a variety of crimes against businesses, including robber y. burglary shoplifting, bad checks, and credit
card fraud.
Key Components
The police department on its own or in conjunction with a
business organization establishes a fax network. Information on current crime problems or trends is faxed to
participating businesses. A schedule can be established
for sending a regular fax broadcast; the network can also
be used to send time-sensitive material, such as information about an armed robbery ring working the business
area or the photo of a child missing in the neighborhood.
Key Participants
The police department, businesses, and business organizations must be linked together by fax machines.
Signs of Success
US West has established a fax broadcast service for the
Rocky Mountain Business Watch. It has distributed 3,000
crime alert bulletins to 13 police department and 250 busi-
nesses in the Business Watch network. Subscribers pay
$100 for the service. Information about the US West service can be obtained by calling Business Watch (800) 947-
4770 ("US West Establishes New FAX Service.- Crime
Control Digest, March 22. 1993).
Applying the Strategy
The Police Department in Dallas. Texas, is Miplementing
a Fax Alert program that will link businesses and crime
watches to the police department. It will provide information on crime trends and suspect descriptions and warn
of crime patterns from area to area. The program is provided at no cost by Fax-Net 1. a 'um-profit group in Phoenix, Arizona.
350 Psted Strategies to Prerent Crime
Contact Information
Dallas Police Department
Community Policing Support Unit
2020 North Lamar, Suite 300
Dallas, Texas 75202-1799
Workplace Safety Inspections
Potential Obstacles
Government agencies responsible for workplace safety
conduct inspections of high-risk businesses to reduce
crime-related safety hazards to employees and customers.
Businesses are likely to resist this intrusion into the workplace as another set of government regulations. Government agencies responsible for workplace safety may not
Crime Problem Addressed
agree that crime is a workplace safety issue. Police departments may ;Aso see this as an infringement on their
The most recent National Crime Victimization Survey
found that one in seven of all violent crimes occurs in the
workplace. This strategy addresses murder, rape. robbery and assault in the workplace, primarily in retail settings.
Key Components
The agencies responsible for workplace safety must accept
crime as a workplace safety issue. They must cooperate
with the police and businesses to identify the workplaces
at most risk for violent crime and develop strategies to
reduce the risks. The strategies can include design
Signs of Success
The Indiana Department of Labor fined a drug store where
three employees were murdered $1,000 for violating the
Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1974. It found that
the employer did not furnish a place of employment that
was free from recognized violent crime hazards and had
not introduced procedures to reduce the crime hazards
and had not properly trained employees.
Applying the Strategy
changes to stores, violence prevention training for employ-
The State of Washington developed standards for Late
ees, use of cameras and alarms, and improvements in
Night Retail Workers Crime Protection. It established authority for the Department of Labor and Industry to ensure that retail establishments that operate from 11 p.m.
to 6 a.m. provide crime prevention training to their employees and establish crime prevention procedures to reduce the risks of crime and violence.
lighting. Enforcement can be done separately or through
a partnership agreement between the police and workplace
safety agencies.
Key Participants
Government agencies responsa. for workplace safety and
businesses are the key particpants. Crime prevention
staff from the police should serve as advisors.
Contact Information
Division of Industrial Safety and I lealth
'technical Services 11C-432
PO. Box 207
Olympia. Washington 98507-0207
Promote Insurance Loss Control Recommendations
Crime Problem Addressed
Businesses and organizations implement crime prevention
recommendations made by insurance carriers.
Insurance carriers rate businesses and other insured organizations based on their crime risk. The ratings address
Sate and Attractive Public Places
all types of crime, including robbery, assault, burglary and
larceny The focus for a particular set of ratings will depend
on the type of property being rated.
Key Components
Insurance industry crime risk ratings for businesses and
other organizations are used to encourage them to implement recommended crime prevention strategies. The ratings are produced by individual insurance companies and
by insurance rating organizations. The insurance industry
conducts loss control evaluations of all the organizations
it insures. These evaluations address loss related to automobile liability, general liability, product liability worker's
compensation, tire, and crime. Locations are classified by
type of operation and business activity The insurance
industry relies on current practice by the police community and corporate security to develop recommendations
to identify and reduce crime risks.
Key Participants
Police agencies, business groups, and civic groups can
work with the insurance industry to identify risks and
implement crime prevention recommendations.
Potential Obstacles
A main principal in the insurance field is that if you have a
risk, you should insure against it. The ratings are offered
only as advice to businesses and organizations. The busi-
nesses and organizations that follow the advice are expected to have a lower exposure to crime, and their losses
from crime are expected to be less, possibly resulting in
lower insurance costs.
Signs of Success
The Best Undenvriting Guide for Commercial Standards
is an industry standard for writing all types of insurance
and is a primary reference for insurance risk managers
across the country.
Applying the Strategy
The A.M. Best Company has developed a comprehensive
guide to assist in writing insurance for a variety of settings. Individual insurance carriers may also develop their
own rating guide.
Contact Information
A.M. Best Company Inc.
Oldwick, New Jersey 08858
Reduce the Amount of Readily Available Cash
Key Participants
Cash control reduces the amount of cash readily available
in cash registers.
The business owner must establish a cash handling policy
and make sure that employees adhere to it.
Crime Problem Addressed
Potential Obstacles
Reducing the amount of cash that is readily available deters
robbery and assault.
Transferring the cash can be a nuisance and can add to the
Key Components
Signs of Success
Research has shown that the amount of cash on hand is a
A study of convenience store robbery in the 1970s found
that the amount (4. cash on hand was one of the primary
factors driving robbery. It was determined that the majority of robbers would not rob a store if the take would be
primary factor in whether or not a robber will attack a
particular store. Small businesses can discourage robbers
by keeping as little cash as possible in the register. Options
are to transfer the cash to the bank frequently or to purchase a safe to Lore the cash until it can be deposited. A
policy should be set 'imiting how much cash can be in a
cash register at one ',Tie, especially when it is dark. Signs
can be posted that only $50 is in the cash register at any
given time, to discourage robbers.
time it takes to transact sales.
$50 or less. In response to this research, Seven-Eleven
convenience stores implemented a $50 cash restriction
policy. The policy had a dramatic effect on robbery From
1975 to 1985, robberies decreased by 65 percent (The
Store Safety Issue, National Association of Convenience
Stores, 1990).
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350 7ested Strategies to Prevent Crime
Applying the Strategy
Contact Information
The policy for cash handling established by Seven-Eleven
Loss Prevention
Southland Corporation
2711 North Haskell Avenue
Dallas, lexas 75204
set a standard for the industry that is now used by most
major convenience store chains and gasoline retailers.
Promote Hotel/Motel Security Standards
Potential Obstacles
Hotels and motels implement minimum security standards.
Many security and safety problems will be found in small
hotels or motels that have no obligation to meet industry
Crime Problem Addressed
security standards. Franchise hotels or motels of large
Security standards not only protect travelers from burglary and larceny but can also reduce robbery and assault.
Hotel and motel employees are also protected.
Key Components
Most states have laws requiring hotels and motels to protect the safety of their patrons. Safety can be achieved by
establishing security standards for the operation of the
hotel or motel. Standards typically address door and window locks, peepholes, safes for valuables, lighting, and
access to lodgers. Standards have also been established
by hotel/motel associations and by travel groups that rate
hotels and motels. Determine which hotels and motels in
the locality have established security standards. If local
hotels and motels are not meeting company safety stan-
dards, they should be notified in writing. If corrections
are not made, the appropriate rating organization can be
contacted. Many organizations restrict their lodging needs
to hotels and motels that meet recognized security standards.
Key Participants
Police departments, crime prevention groups, travel organizations, and businesses should work with hotels and
motels to encourage the broadest support of the security
chains usually have no obligation to tneet company standards on issues such as security.
Signs of Success
Super 8 Motel mandates that a motel replace a door lock
if a key is missing and redo the whole motel lock system
if a master key disappears. The Central Florida Hotel and
Motel Association developed 19 recommended security
and safety standards for its members in response to perceptions about hotel safety in southern Florida (Lodging
flospitalitx March 1993).
Applying the Strategy
The American Automobile Association (AAA) enhanced
its security standards in March 1993. The standards are
a component of the system used by AAA to rate hotels
and motels throughout the United Sates and other countries.
Contact Information
American Automobile Association
1000 AAA Drive
Heathrow, Florida 32746
Employee Safety Training
Crime Problem Addressed
Retail employees are trained to avoid dangerous or lifethreatening situations.
The training provides information needed to deter or avoid
rape, robbery, and assault.
Sate and Anractilv Public Places
Key Components
Signs of Success
The types of physical attacks that are most likely to occur
in the retail environment must be determined. Consider-
Georgia Power Company's Security Awareness Program
began in 1982 as bulletin board tips for employees. It
expanded to serve the entire community. Information is
provided on burglary prevention, child protection, tcavel
able research has been conducted by the convenience
store industry which is useful to all retail businesses.
Store security procedures should be established and incorporated into a training program. The training should be
part of introductory training for new employees and offered
periodically for current employees. Employees should be
taught how to maintain a store environment that will not
attract robbers and if a robbery does occur, how to handle
it without escalating it to a serious physical assault.
safety, office safety, drug prevention, and antirobbery
techniques for customer service representatives. A manual, Security Awareness tin. Employees, was published. In
1989 more than 100 classes in crime prevention were provided for employees and community groups (linoidations
fin. Action, National Crime Prevention Council. 1990).
Applying the Strategy
Key Participants
effective training program.
The National Association of Convenience Stores has developed employee training programs to reduce violent
crime in convenience stores. Model training programs,
support materials, and videos are available.
Potential Obstacles
Contact Information
There are continuing costs involved with any training program. Small businesses may find it difficult to provide
National Association of Convenience Stores
The business owner must work with staff and security
consultants or the local police department to develop an
effective training for employees. Employees who frequently violate security policies defeat training objectives.
16(15 King Street
Alexandria. Virginia 22314-2992
Cardboard Police Officers
Signs of Success
Full-size cardboard photos of policemen are displayed in
stores to discourage shoplifting or disorderly behavior.
A full-size cardboard photo of a police officer can have an
effect similar to an actual police officer. A study conducted
by the University of Chicago found that persons wearing
a unif()rm in public, whether employed by government or
Crime Problem Addressed
Use of full-size photos of police officers can discourage
shoplifting and in bar settings can discourage drinking and
Key Components
Full-size photos of police officers are nu iunted (in card-
board stands. The photos are distributed to retail businesses, bars, and other establishments. which are encouraged to display them to discourage crime.
Key Participants
The police department and businesses can work together
to create and display the cardbo)ard phtitos.
Potential Obstacles
the private sector, reduced fear of crime. Women were
are more impressed than males by tlie presence of a uniform ("Reducing Fear of Crime Through Occupational
Presence," Criminal Justic(' and Beharion March 1983).
Applying the Strategy
The Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Police Department issues full-
size police photos to display in stores. The use of such
photos began with the I I()usfi
ilice Department in 1991
and now is used by many others.
Contact Information
I I( iust n Police I )epart mem
61 Reisner
Houston, Texas 77002
There will be some costs associated with producing
emiugh of the cardboard photos to have an impact.
350 iested Strategies to Prevent Crime
Ethnic and Culturally Sensitive Business Crime Prevention
Potential Obstacles
Business crime prevention services can take into account
the special needs of different ethnic groups and cultures.
Overcoming the typical stereotypes that many police of-
Crime Problem Addressed
view the police. The police department will also have to
make arrangements to provide translation services.
Many small businesses are owned by persons from ethnic
or cultural groups whose needs are not addressed by the
usual business crime prevention services offered by the
police. Many of these businesses may suffer from higher
rates of crime because owners do not understand crime
prevention and are reluctant to report crime.
Key Components
Police departments should identify the members of ethnic
and cultural groups running small businesses in their locality. It must be determined if language or cultural perceptions are inhibiting the business owners from asking
for or even wanting crime prevention or other services
offered by the police department. Police staff should be
ficers will have of various ethnic groups will be a significant
challenge, and these groups may have to change how they
Signs of Success
In Portland, Oregon, the police meet regularly with
Hmong community leaders and clan heads to discuss prob-
lems in their community. As a result of a better understanding between the police and refugees, refugees are
more comfortable in reporting crime, and community
members are experiencing both a decrease in crime and
a sense of increased protection (Building and Crossing
Bridges, National Crime Prevention Council, 1995).
Applying the Strategy
ferent format.
The Westminster, California, Police Department provides
a Neighborhood and Business Watch program that relies
on outreach meetings, crime prevention presentations, a
resource center, and translation services for its Vietnamese and Hispanic citizens.
Key Participants
Contact Information
The police department will need to work with ethnic busi-
ness organizations, refugee resettlement groups, religious groups, and other organizations that provide ser-
Westminster Police Department
8200 Westminster Boulevard
Westminster, California 92683
vices to ethnic or cultural groups.
briefed on the cultural background of business owners and
residents they serve. Crime prevention information may
need to be printed in other languages or offered in a dif-
Control Cruising
if they are contributing to the problem. A community task
Programs control cruising in automobiles by youth.
force develops strategies to control cruising. Strategies
might include better lighting and trash collection, stricter
Crime Problem Addressed
Controlling cruising can help curb disorderly behavior, public drinking, fights, and traffic congestion and help reduce
the fear of crime cruising tends to generate among adults
enforcement of traffic laws, and street closures or restrictions. Strategies to channel the cruising energy of youth
might include designating a cruising area that is less disruptive to business and traffic flow or supervised activities
that appeal to cruisers, such as cars shows.
and the elderly.
Key Participants
Key Components
Unsupervised locations where youth congregate to "see
and be seen" are identified. Youth are surveyed to determine why they cruise. Traffic patterns are studied to see
The police, traffic safety staff, businesses, and youth must
work togetlwr to develop strategies to control cruising,
while providing youth other opportunities to express themselves.
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Safi, and Attractive Public Places
Potential Obstacles
Applying the Strategy
If not planned properly, cruising control techniques may
just move the youth from one area to another to cruise.
The police in Boise used a community-oriented policing
approach to control cruising. They recognized that using
enforcement strategies to close down the cruising in one
location would not solve the problem. A comprehensive
approach was needed to address problems that cruising
Signs of Success
Boise, Idaho, feared that a plan to revitalize the downtown
area was placed in jeopardy because of the large number
of youth who were cruising downtown. After a study of
cruising was completed, a task force was put together and
cruising control measures were introduced. Lighting was
improved, a police mini-station was established, and the
YMCA and YWCA started sponsoring alternative activities
for youth during the cruising hours. The cruise route remained the same, but because of changes, the cruising
behavior identified.
Contact Information
Boise Police Department
Administrative Support Division
7200 Barrister Drive
Boise, Idaho 83704
caused less traffic congestion and fewer public order problems.
Enhanced Lighting in Retail Districts
Key Partnerships
Enhance lighting along streets and in parking areas of
The utility company can help business owners identify the
commercial and retail districts.
best lighting design and products to meet their security
needs. Police can help business owners organize a business watch group to understand how lighting and other
Crime Problem Addressed
Minimal lighting helps criminals who would vandalize prop-
erty, steal vehicles, or commit violent crimes against patrons of businesses avoid detection and escape without
detection. The strategy attempts to increase the ability of
business owners, patrons, and passersby to notice criminal activity, reducing the attractiveness of the area for
potential criminals.
Key Components
Lighting design and installation consultants from private
firms or utility companies help business owners understand the value of lighting in attracting customers, protecting customers and employees using the facility or park-
ing areas, and reducing opportunities for vandalism to
occur without detection. Business Watch groups request
basic security surveys from local police experts who recommend enhanced lighting as part of a comprehensive
security sirategy for the property. Lighting helps business
owners maintain surveillance of their own and other business during operating hours and helps police see suspects
fleeing the sags '1 a crime or suspicious activity
security improvements would help proted their customers. employees, and the investment in the facility.
Potential Obstacles
Investments in lighting can be costly Consultations from
utility and police experts can help offset the costs of the
products. The business owners must be educated about
how to understand the benefit of enhanced lighting and
security to bringing in customers and reducing losses
through insurance claims on property damage and injuries
to customers or employees.
Signs of Success
A study by the U.S. Department ofJustice revealed mixed
results about the reductions in crime from installation of
lighting in commercial districts, but did highlight that significant reductions in fear of crime among residents and
customers resulted when uniformed lighting was installed
in commercial areas. Reduced fear of the area can be
correlated with a willingness of residents to frequent busi-
nesses in the area.
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to Preeent Crhne
Applying the Strategy
tigating partnerships with the locitl utility company police
to provide security surveys and advice to business owners
about how lighting could help reduce crime and provide an
atmosphere attractive to potential customers.
The Illuminating Engineers Society publishes security
standards for interior and exterior lighting for industrial
complexes. sports facilities, and retail establishments.
Their Lighting Handbook outlines the security benefits of
enhanced lighting.
A comprehensive economic development project along
Contact Information
several business district corridors in Charlotte. North
Carolina has focused on security enhancement among
345 East 47th Street
Illuminating Engineering Society of North America
New York, New \brk 10017
other key issues. City officials 'and businesses are inves-
Display Business Address Numbers
Potential Obstacles
Local policy which requires that business display prominently their address helps customers find the location and
help police and other emergency personnel find the location
Long-established business owners may believe they al-
when they receive a report of a criminal incident. The
nunthers. Police and fire officials can help them understand
the impact of unclear address markings on those agencies'
ability to respond efficiently to emergencies.
ready have enough visibility with their frequent customers
and not worry about the need for prominent signs and
displays can help individuals unfamiliar with the area avoid
confusion and vulnerability to crime by those who notice
them as outsiders.
Signs of Success
Crime Problem Addressed
An increasing number of localities have established ordinances requiring businesses to display address numbers
prominently in view of passersby Ann Arbor, Michigan
requires all homes and businesses to display numbers in
plain view The police department offers business owners
security reviews which help them identify additional techniques which can enhance security for employees and customers.
fisplay of addresses helps new customers and visitors to
the area avoid looking vulnerable to crimes such as auto
theft and robbery. In addition, it helps police and fire emergency personnel respond quickly to incident reports in
commercial districts.
Key Components
The police department encourages businesses to display
their numbered address prominently on the surface of the
building or signage visible from the street. Business or
neighborhood crime watch groups and insurance companies can provide advice on placement of the numbers and
help with installation of signage and purchase of materials
for small businesses.
Applying the Strategy
Several companies now offer illuminated number signage
and curbside number displays as a security device for
businesses. The products range in cost, though most represent a minimal expense for the benefit they provide.
Contact Information
Key Partnerships
Business watch groups can help each other understand the
value of prominent address and business name markings
and ps wide loans ( ir volunteer assistance to install the
Crime Prevention Ilnit
Ann Arbor Police I)epartment
Ann Arbor, Michigan 4s10l
product s.
Safi. and Attractire Public Places
Zoning Laws
Zoning laws are used to restrict or prohibit activities likely
to generate crime.
Crime Problem Addressed
Zoning laws can be used to control and restrict prostitution, gambling, illegal liquor sales, drug sales, and other
illegal or quasi-illegal activities.
Key Components
An analysis of crime, arrest, and service calls is conducted
to determine community hotspots. Hotspots are plotted
against the addresses of bars, liquor stores, video arcades. strip clubs, and adult book stores to see if these
areas have high rates of crime or generate high levels of
police calls. Zoning laws are developed to restrict locations
of offending activities in residential neighborhoods or near
schools or churches. Some communities have restrictions
on the number of such businesses in a given block; other
communities restrict them to one well-defined area to allow for concentrated police surveillance and enforcement.
Key Participants
Citizen groups must work with local and or state government to develop or amend zoning laws to protect the public
from crime and other illegal activities.
Potential Obstacles
Crime has normally not been an issue addressed by zoning. Zoning officials may have to be encouraged to use
zoning laws to prevent and control crime. There is likely
to be resistance from developers, builders. and business
to expanding the scope of zoning laws.
Signs of Success
In }hung v. American Mini Tlwaters, the U.S. Supreme
Court found that zoning can be in the community interest
if it is done to control secondary effects attributed to adult
businesses, such as increased crime rates and neighborhood deterioration. As a result of this case. many localities, including Boston, Seattle, and Dallas, have passed
zoning laws to restrict adult-oriented activities considered
to be generators of crime and neighborhood disorder (Irving Sloan. Regulating Land Use: The Law Qt. Zoning.
Applying the Strategy
Virginia amended the state's zmi.,; law in 1993 to include
protecting the public from cr'nle as c,;:. o. the purposes of
zoning. A federal apneals court upheld zoning to regulate
adult bookstores in Prince Georges County, Maryland.
The zoning prohibited adult bookstores from being located
within 1,000 feet of a school or 500 feet of a church.
Contact Information
Zoning and Administration
Prince Georges County
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive
Upper Marlboro. Maryland 20772
Curtail Operating Hours
Key Components
Operating hours of businesses that arc likely to generate
crime and disorder are curtailed.
CeAain types of businesses are likely to generate crime
and disorder problems because of the items they sell or
Crime Problem Addressed
entertainment they provide. Data are gathered about
crimes. arrests, and radio calls to determine if these in-
Curtailing the late-night operating hours of small retail or
service businesses addresses the robbery, assault, and
disorderly behavior they tend to attract.
cidents take place late at nitzht. Local guidelines or ordi-
nances are devel(ped to curtail the operating hours of
these businesses. As an alternative to restricting their
hours of operation, it may be possible for these businesses
350 Tested Strategies to Prevent Crime
to enhance security during late-night operations by adding
ida opposed mandatory 24-hour operation of convenience
more staff, using surveillance cameras, and improving
stores and service stations because of concerns about
worker safety A University of Florida study found that
closing a convenience store during the late-night hours was
Key Participants
one (of two) of the most effective measures to reduce
convenience store robbery ("Study of Safety and Security
Requirements for At-Risk Businesses," Florida Office of
the Attorney General, 1991).
Lawmakers can work with the police, regulatory agencies,
businesses and employees to identify and assist businesses that have high levels of crime during late-night
Applying the Strategy
Potential Obstacles
Many states have laws restricting the sale of alcohol during
the early morning hours. Responding to concerns about
late-night robbery of convenience stores, Akron, Ohio,
developed an ordinance requiring convenience stores to
curtail late-night operations.
Some stores are required by their franchise agreement to
be open 24 hours per day. Many businesses rely on their
late-night hours and the convenience they provide to their
customers to stay profitable.
Contact Information
Signs of Success
Akron Police Department
217 High Street
Akron, Ohio 44308
Extended operating hours exposes a business to more
crime opportunities. The Florida Independent Gasoline
Retailers Association and Service Station Dealers of Flor-
Traffic Control
geted areas may also resist traffic restrictions because
they will be inconvenienced.
Traffic control measures are used to inconvenience customers of illegal activity.
Signs of Su sess
Crime Problem Addressed
A traffic control and intensive enforcement plan in London
resulted in a significant reduction in traffic circulating in a
Street prostitution and illegal drugs sales can be discouraged by making them inconvenient for the purchase's.
red-light district in a residentH neighborhood. The plan
reduced the level of noise rr .1 congestion and made the
streets safer. 'Rye lye mond s after the implementation of
the traffic changes, serious :rimes decreased by 50 percent ("Developirg More Effective Strategies for Curbing
Prostitution," Security Journal, Vol. 1, No.3, 1990).
Key Components
Illegal activities are conducted along public streets at certain times and in certain areas. The local or state agency
responsible for the roads should be able to develop traffic
control strategies that will make it inconvenient for cus-
tomers in automobiles to access these services. Strategies will typically include turn restrictions and parking
prohibitions. These restrictions will most often be necessary from late at night to early in the morning.
Applying the Strategy
The Washington, DC, Police Department worked with
roads officials to establish turn restrictions in areas of the
city where street prostitution was a public safety problem
accompanied by serious traffic congestion. The nighttime
turn restrictions discourage customers from driving by
Key Participants
Police departments, businesses, and crime prevention
the prostitutes by limiting their ability to circle the blocks
frequented by the prostitutes.
groups must enlist the help of road and highway officials
to restrict traffic in target locations.
Contact Information
Potential Obstacles
Road and highway officials are concerned with the efficient
movement of traffic, so arguments to restrict traffic must
be very convincing. Residents and businesses in the tar-
Community Relations Unit
Metropolitan Police Department
3(X) Indiana Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
SO and :Ittreytilv Public Places
Secure or Demolish Abandoned Buildings
Signs cy! Success
Abandoned buildings that are being used to conduct illegal
activities are secured or demolished.
A study of abandoned buildings in Austin, Texas. found no
Crime Problem Addressed
Securing or demolishing abandoned buildings denies hiding
places for illegal drug sales: prostitution: storage for guns.
drugs, or stolen property: and places where homeless people congregate.
Key Components
illegal activity in 66 percent of 59 abandoned but secure
residential buildings. Illegal activity was found in 83 percent of 24 unsecured abandoned buildings. Drug activity
was found in 19 percent and sex and pi ostitution activities
in 20 percent. In Newport New, Virginia, the burglary
rate in a crime-ridden apartme nt complex dropped 35 per-
cent after 100 apartments mat were vacant or beyond
repair were boarded up ("Abandoned Buildings: Magnets
for Crime...Journal (y. Criminal Justice, ThI. 21, 1993).
Abandoned buildings in high-crime neighborhoods may be
used for illegal or inappropriate purposes. Owners of these
properties should be identified and asked to make the prop-
erties habitable or have them demolished. Local or state
condemnation laws can be used to have these properties
condemned. In some states. the National Guard has
Applying the Strategy
The Norfolk. Virginia. Police Department uses a code
enforcement team to identify abandoned building that harbor crime. Patrol officers are encouraged to report all such
buildings on their beat. Some buildings that were beyond
demolished abandoned buildings.
economic repair have been demolished. The city is also
negotiating with the Virginia National Guard to provide
Key Participants
demolition services.
Local housing officials and the police must work with
Contact Information
neighborhoods and property managers to identify buildings
that are no longer fit for human habitation and must secure
them or use local condemnation authority to remove them.
Potential Obstacles
Norfolk Police Department
206 Monticello Avenue
Norfolk. Virginia 23501
The condemnation process can be very long and drawn
out. Even if a property is condemned. there may not be
sufficient resources to demolish it.
Trash Patrol
Police officers conduct organized searches of public trash
receptacles in high-crime neighborhoods looking for drugs
and illegal firearms.
Crime Problem Addressed
The searches aim to affect drug sales and violent crime in
high-crime neighborhoods by denying criminals hiding
places for drugs, weapons. and cash.
Key Components
Nice officers conduct an organized sweep and search of
trash cans, supercans, dumpsters. ,ind other public trash
receptacles in neighborhoods with a high incidence of drug
dealing. Because large trash receptacles may be involved.
searching officers should be prepared to dive into and
closely search large piles of trash and garbage.
Key Participants
The police agency cm gierates with propert y owners, including public housing authorities and apartment managers. to conduct the trash searches.
Potential Obstacles
The police agency must ensure that it has the authority
to search the trash under consideration. Because much of
the searching may take place in public housing or low-
350 Tested Strategies to Prerent Crime
Applying the Strategy
income neighborhoods, support from the public housing
authority or property manager is important. Searching
trash and garbage will not be a pleasant task.
The Richmond, Virginia, Police Department and the Virginia Department of State Police joined forces in 1995 to
conduct searches of trash receptacles in high-crime com-
Signs of Success
munities. They are locating two to three weapons per
Police officials in Richmond. Virginia. searching one night
in one neighborhood found two assault rifles, two pistol-
search as well as drugs and cash.
grip shotguns, four pistols, and an assortment of drugs
Contact Information
and cash. All had been stashed in trash cans in areas
Richmond Police Department
501 North Ninth Street
Richmond, Virginia 23129
where drug dealers are known to work. As a result of the
searches, death threats have been made against police
officers going into that neiglthorhood.
Photograph/Videotape Illegal Behavior
Potential Obstacles
Photographing or videotaping illegal or quasi-illegal behav-
This crime prevention strategy must be strictly controlled.
Transactions in public view are the only activity that should
be filmed. Singling out and identifying particular individuals
can expose the filmers to civil litigation. Filmers should
avoid any confrontation with the people they are filming.
ior in public brings attention and embarrassment to the
Crime Problem Addressed
The activity can be dangerous. especially if drugs are
Photographing or videotaping persons soliciting prostitution or engaging in drug sales helps discourage those activities from taking place in public view
Signs of Success
A Neighborhood Watch member in Portland, Oregon, photographed drugs deals, wrote down license plate numbers.
Key Components
Many people who engage in illegal activity on public
and reported suspicious activity to the police. The result
streets do not want to be identified. Using a still or video
camera to record these activities may discourage the illegal behavior. Citizens or the police can photograph persons involved in street prostitution or drugs sales. If made
was no more drug houses on the block and an area virtually
free of crime (Foundations for Action, National Crime Prevention Council, 1990).
up of citizens, the team should be composed of two or
more persons, preferably working from a vehicle. Signs
Applying the Strategy
advertising that the illegal activity is being photographed
may also help to discourage the activity If the police are
supporting the filming activity the photos or film can be
turned over to them.
Residents of Methuen, Massachusetts, began videotaping
flagrant activity between prostitutes and their customers.
The Neighborhood Watch sends out two-person teams to
videotape activity The tapes are turned over to police.
Signs are posted warning of the videotaping. The police
in Fredericksburg, Virginia, videotape drug transactions
Key Participants
Citizens or members of Neighborhood Watch can organize
teams to photograph illegal activities in public. The police
can be also be a partner or assume complete responsibility
for the filming.
and broadcast them on cable television.
Contact Information
Fredericksburg Police Department
615 Princess Anne Street
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401
1 88
SO mu! Attractive Public Places
Small Claim Suits
A small claim civil suit is tiled against the landlord of
through. It is often difficult to determine the actual owner
of a property
property that is being used illegally
Signs of Success
Crime Problem Addressed
A community group in South Berkeley, California, sued
the owner of a drug-plagued building known as the "Pink
Filing a small claim civil suit against a landlord can address
any activity that a neighbor or community considers a
nuisance, including illegal activities such as drug sales or
use, gambling, and prostitution.
Key Components
Evidence should be gathered of the suspected illegal activity Evidence may include suspicious visitors, loud noise
and music, threats to neighbors, heavy auto or foot traffic,
gun shots, etc. Before bringing suit, it is necessary to
demand that the landlord correct the identified problems.
If the landlord refuses to correct the problems, a claim
may be filed. The landlord should be notified of the suit.
Key Participants
Residents can work on their own or with the support of
the police and housing, zoning, and other officials to sue
landlords whose properties harbor crime.
Potential Obstacles
Palace" and won a $36,000 judgement against the landlord.
The neighbors of a crack house in San Francisco won
$2,000 each after they sued the landlord to force him to
clean up the property ("How to Eliminate Crack Houses
in Your Neighborhood." Legal Aid Society of Alameda
County 1991).
Applying the Strategy
The California Drug Abatement Act was amended to allow
private citizens and the city attorney to bring suit in civil
court against property owners who allowed drugs to be
used or placed on their property. This approach has been
used by residents in Oakland and Berkeley California.
Contact Information
Beat Health Unit
455 Seventh Street. B-48
Oakland Police Department
Oakland. California 94601
Because this is a legal proceeding, it will require that
residents be willing to attend hearings and see the process
Put Workers in Public Places in Uniforms
Government and private employees who work in public
wear uniforms to increase the perception of safety.
aged to have these employees wear uniforms and to place
as many uniformed employees in public as practical. Employees can be encouraged to wear their uniforms to and
from work.
Crime Problem Addressed
Key Participants
Putting individuals in uniform creates an official presence
or feeling of guardianship that tends to reduce the public's
fear of crime. This can result in a greater use of the area
by the law-abiding public, thus attracting even more lawabiding users.
Police departments and crime prevention groups can work
with local governments and businesses to convince them
of the value of placing their workers ill unitOrms to help
reduce the fear of crime.
Key Components
Employers of government or business workers who are in
public perfornling their job on a regular basis are encour-
Potential Obstacles
Some employees may not like to wear unite wins, and some
may prefer not to wear them to and from work.
350 lested Strategies to Prerent Crime
Signs of Success
Applying the Strategy
A study conducted by the University of Chicago found that
persons wearing a uniform in public, whether employed by
The National Park Service found that a uniformed employee acted as a deterrent to illegal activity and created
a feeling of safety for users of a hiking trail in Mount
government or the private sector, reduced fear of crime.
Women were more impressed than men by the presence
of a uniform. Persons working in locations where they had
a vested interest also generated greater feelings of safety
("Reducing Fear of Crime Through Occupational Presence,- Criminal Justice and Behark March 1983).
Rainier National Park.
Contact Information
National Park Service
College of Forest Resources, University of Washington
Seattle, Washington 98195
Seize Customers' Vehicles
uals are being penalized before they are convicted. Court
challenges to this practice are pending in several states.
The personal vehicles of customers trying to pick up
street prostitutes are seized.
Signs of Success
In St. Paul, Minnesota, arrests for prostitution dropped
Crime Problem Addressed
accompany it.
from 245 in 1990 to 75 in 1993 after police began seizing
customers' vehicles ("The War Against the Sex Trade,"
Gorerning. April 1994). Seizing vehicles resulted in a 90
percent decease in prostitution and vehicle traffic in neigh-
Key Components
borhoods in Hartford. Connecticut (Crime Prevention
Nws, March 1993 .
The policing agency identifies locations where street prostitution is occurring and arrests individuals attempting to
Applying the Strategy
buy the services of prostitutes. This is typically accomplished in a "sting" type operation where police officers
act in the guise of prostitutes. Once the customers solicit,
they are arrested and their vehicles confiscated.
The Portland, Oregon. Police Department began seizing
vehicles in 1989. In the first two and one half years after
the seizure policy was implemented, 605 customers found
The vehicle seizure strategy attacks street prostitution
and the violent crimes of robbery and assault that may
themselves without their vehicles. About one in five of the
vehicles was forfeited to the police. Similar programs have
been established in Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Long Beach,
California: and Washington, DC.
Key Participants
The local policing agency is the primary participant. but it
may be assisted by citizen crime prevention groups working to remove crime from their neiglthorhood.
Contact Information
Potential Obstacles
l'ortland l'olice Bureau
There is concern about the constitutionality of seizing
Portland, Oregon 97204
1111 S.W: 2nd
vehicles at the time of arrest. Some contend that individ-
Sate and Attractive Public Places
Employ Security Staff
Employing a mall security staff deters crime and provides
crime prevention services to merchants and customers.
Crime Problem Addressed
A mall security staff can address all types of crime problems that may confront a mall and v iF
help reduce
shoppers fears about crime.
Key Components
The mall management must make arrangements to organize and employ security staff. The mall can either create
and staff an in-house security force or contract with a
private security company The mall must make sure that
security staff meet applicable state standards for private
security personnel. Consideration can also be given to
hiring off-duty police officers to augment the mall security
Key Participants
The mall manager should work with a security consultant
to determine the mall's security staffing needs or consult
with a private security company Mall businesses should
also be asked to provide input into the security staffing
Potential Obstacles
using off-duty police officers will also expose the mall to
liability because of the possibility of inappropriate action
by the security staff.
Signs of Success
A survey of 49 shopping malls by Brookstone found that
100 percent of the malls had 24-hour security 90 percent
conducted security training for retail tenants, 76 percent
assisted merchants in conducting surveillance, 65 percent
maintained an information alert network, 27 percent apprehended shoplifters or other wrongdoers. and 14 percent
had arrest authority ("Securing America's New 'Ibwn Cen-
ters.- Security Management, June 1992).
Applying the Strategy
Union Station Mall in Washington. DC. contracts with
Burns International for its guard force, which is maintained
24 hours a day. The Rouse Company has 88 facilities
throughout North American and uses only in-house security officers. Their security officers undergo a 32-hour
training program, and ongoing training is mandatory
Contact Information
International Conference of Shopping Centers
665 5th Avenue, 11th Floor
New Thrk, New York 10022
A mall security staff will be expensive, especially if offduty police are employed. Employing a security force or
Provide Valet Parking
Valet parking for mall patrons reduces their fears about
going to and from their cars.
Crime Problem Addressed
Valet parking at malls can protect shoppers from robbery
and assault and can also have a significant impact on their
fear of crime.
shopping habits. The mall staff should determine exactly
where and at what times people are most fearful. A valet
parking area must be set aside within the mall, which may
require changes to traffic patterns. The mall can make
arrangements with a parking service company to provide
valet parking for customers. The mall should advertise the
availability of the service and the locations of the valet
parking service.
Key Participants
Key Components
The shopping mall should survey its customers to determine if fear of crime in the parking lot is affecting their
The mall must assess the parking and shopping needs of
its customers and make arrangements with a parking service company
350 Psted Strategies to Prevent Crime
Potential Obstacles
Applying the Strategy
If the service is not well advertised it will not be used.
Lenox Square in Atlanta experimented with using off-duty
The valet service should be offered free or at as little cost
as possible.
Marines to escort shoppers to their cars. Regency Mall
invested $10.000 for signs, blockades to direct traffic. and
advertising. A service contract was established with a
Signs of Success
Regency Mall in Richmond. Virginia, established a valet
service in response to customer concerns about parking
lot safety. An average of about 120 of 200 spots reserved
for valet parking were used. The customers using the
service had very positive comments about it (Security
Management, Feb. 1993).
parking contractor. The mall charges a $3 fee to customers
for the valet parking.
Contact Information
Security Director
Regency Mall
Parham and Quioccasin Roads
Richmond, Virginia 23230
Bicycle Patrol
Potential Obstacles
A bicycle security patrol program patrols parking lots and
other exterior areas of shopping malls.
Some malls may not have security staff who are fit enough
for patrolling on bikes. Bike patrolling will result in more
Crime Problem Addressed
workplace injuries, which will most likely mean higher
insurance costs.
The security bicycle patrol addresses personal crimes
against shoppers and employees such as robbery and as-
Signs of Success
sault. auto theft, theft from autos and vandalism to autos.
and disorderly and suspicious behavior. Bike patrols can
also assist in apprehending lawbreakers who are fleeing
from the mall.
The Rouse Company condocted a before-and-after study
of crime in the parking lots of two shopping centers. The
study found a 69 percent crime decease at hshion Island
Key Components
and a 40 percent decrease at North Star Mall after the
bike patrol was introduced ("A Bicycle Build for Securit;"
Security Management, June 1993).
The most physically tit members of the security staff can
be asked to volunteer for the bike patrol, or new staff can
be hired. They should be trained on patrolling, riding on
stairs, jumping curbs, negotiating through crowds, traffic
safely, and how to use the bike as a defensive weapon.
Bikes and biking attire must be purchased. Several types
of uniforms will be needed for hot weather, cold weather,
and rain. Patrol times and beats must be established. The
bike patrol should be used in coordination with vehicular
patrol of parking lots, not in place of it.
Applying the Strategy
Key Participants
1) )275 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, Maryland 21044
The mall manager must find willing and qualified security
staff to participate in the bike patrol.
The success of the bike patrol at the two test nas has
led to the establishment of a bike patrol at all Rouse facilities. Bicycles are also being used by many police departments to patrol residential and business neighborhoods.
Contact Information
Corporate Security
The Rouse Company
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Mall Watch
Potential Obstacles
The mall management cannot compel businesses to par-
A watch program in malls encourages businesses to watch
out for each other and report suspicious situations.
ticipate in the mall watch. The problems typical of a Neighborhood Watch will be found in a mall watch.
Crime Problem Addressed
Signs of Success
A watch program in a mall will primarily focus On the
The Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois, employed a
full-time business awareness officer to set up a mall watch
and to provide crime prevention services to businesses.
The awareness officer conducts security assessments of
each of the mall stores. The Woodfield Mall also participates in a mall fax network involving 20 shopping centers
in the Chicago area (Security Management. Nov. 1991).
crimes most mall businesses face: shoplifting, bad checks,
and credit card fraud. The watch can also help control
disorderly behavior in the mall.
Key Components
The mall manager working with local police organizes mall
business into groups just as one would organize a neighborhood into blocks for Neighborhood VVatch. The businesses should review their security procedures and prosecution policies. Those polices should be communicated
to mall security and the police. A communication system
should be established among each of the mall groups to
pass on information about suspicious persons or situations. The mall security or local police can be brought in
to give lectures on business crime prevention.
Applying the Strategy
Key Participants
Contact Information
The mall manager, the mall security department, and the
local police can work with mall businesses to set up the
Security Manager
5 Woodfield Shopping Center
Schaumburg, Illinois 60173
The Detroit Police Department organizes watch programs
in business districts. The department trains owners and
staff to recognize criminal behavior and report to police
and mall security The department also provides checklists
on shoplifting prevention and store security These services have contributed to lower crime rates in areas where
businesses organized watch groups.
Police Substations
Key Components
Locating police substations or offices in shopping malls
creates a police presence and provides crime prevention
The mall manager must make a space available for the
police office. The police department must decide how it
Crime Problem Addressed
The location of a police office can address the typical crink.
faced by shopping malls: shoplifting, bad checks, and credit
card fraud. It may also affect disruptive behavior in the
mall and may have a limited impact on activity in mall
parking lots. The police office may also increase the percept m of safety fiir mall skippers.
wants to assign personnel to the office. For example. will
it be staffed during mall operating hours only? Some departments use a combination of sworn personnel and civilians to staff mall offices.
Key Participants
The mall manger and police department must work together to implement a mall police office.
350 Psted Strategies to Prevent Crime
Potential Obstacles
Applying the Strategy
Mall space is very expensive. Maintaining a mall police
office will require a substantial commitment by the police
department. If regular hours are not established for the
police office, the public may not find it useful or a deterrent.
The Sunrise, Florida, Police Department maintains an office at the Sawgrass Mill Mall that is staffed by an officer
while the mall is open. Four on-site holding cells have been
set up for detaining arrested persons. Emergency medical
technicians have also been placed on mall property.
Signs of Success
Contact Information
A police mini-precinct and safety awareness office in Potomac Mills Mall outside of Washington, DC, .-eceived
more than 2,100 visitors in a ten-month period from 1992
Sunrise Police Department
10440 West Oakland Park Boulevard
Sunrise, Florida 33351
to 1993. Police and volunteer staff distributed nearly
12,000 pieces of safety awareness material (Prince William County, Virginia, Police Department. internal memo,
Sept. 1993).
Automated Teller Machine Safety
Signs of Success
Minimum security standards are established for auto-
A study of ATM crime by New York City found that lighting
mated teller machines (ATMs).
inside 95 percent of the ATM locations was good, but 26
percent had broken or faulty vestibule entry locks, allowing
access to anyone. Only 22 percent of the sites had security
cameras, but 75 percent had a telephone or intercom providing access to bank personnel. Believing that ATM security standards are necessary to protect the public, New
York City and the states of California. Nevada, Georgia,
Washington, and Oregon have passed ATM security leg-
Crime Problem Addressed
Security standards for automated teller machines are intended to reduce robbery and the assault that may accompany it.
Key Components
Banks must study and assess their 1-YI'M crimes to determine the primary problem areas. Procedures for reporting
Applying the Strategy
ATM crime should be established by the banks and the
Ann Arbor, Michigan, developed guidelines to enhance the
police. Security personnel must work with bank marketing
personnel to review site selection procedures and
ATM marketing decisions. Issues to consider in developing
guidelines are site selection, surveillance cameras, lighting, visibility, panic communications, roving patrols, operating hours, and customer awareness.
Key Participants
Banks acting on their own initiative or as the result of
local or state legislation can develop and implement minimum security requirements for Nl'M safety. Reporting and
response policies should be established with the police.
Potential Obstacles
Quite often, decisions about location and operation of
ATMs are marketing based, not security based. Bank
security personnel must make a strong case for security
safety of consumers without discouraging the placement
of ATMs in locations convenient to consumers' homes and
workplaces. The guidelines address ATM location, lighting, landscaping, electronic monitoring, crime in the immediate neighborhood, and consumer education.
Contact Information
Ann Arbor Police Department
100 North Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
Safe and Attractive Public Places
Park Watch
A program that enlists users and neighbors to watch over
park property.
been taken over by drug r.leaiers and gangs, which may be
very intimidating to people who would like to participate
in a Park Watch.
Crime Problem Addressed
Signs of Success
A Park Watch program can address all types of crime.
A campground watch established in a state park near San
Clemente, California, produced a 15 percent drop in burglary and an $8,000 decrease in property loss ("Safety in
the Parks," Security Management, 1982).
Key Components
The park staff must enlist the participation of park users
and neighboring residents. The users and neighbors are
encouraged to report suspicions or illegal activity A special telephone number can be provided to report criminal
activity or maintenance problems that need attention. A
nearby Neighborhood Watch group can be encouraged to
adopt the park and volunteer to check periodically for litter
and damage. Signs can be posted that the park is pro-
Applying the Strategy
The U.S. Park Service has established a Park Watch program along the Blue Ridge Parkway. It enlists the support
of park neighbors and campers to make the park safer.
Information on safety and security is provided by park
rangers. A toll-free number is available to call to report
tected by a Park Watch.
suspicious activity.
Key Participants
Contact Information
Park staff can work with nearby resident and users to
Blue Ridge Parkway
200 BB&T Building
Asheville, North Carolina 28801
watch out for parks.
Potential Obstacles
As with all watch programs, generating and maintaining
interest will be a challenge. In some areas, the parks have
Extended Park Operating Hours
Extended park operating hours encourage youth to engage
in recreational activity rather than becoming involved in
criminal acts.
Staff must be on site and structured programs should be
provided. Consideration can be given to providing education as well as recreation pragrams. Minimum age limits
of youth allowed to participate should be established and
well communicated.
Crime Problem Addressed
Extending the operating hours of a park encourages youth
to engage in positive recreational activity rather than getting involved in criminal acts.
Key Participants
Park staff must work with the community to set up schedules and programs for extended recreation hours.
Key Components
Potential Obstacles
Park staff must determine the types of activity they want
to provide during the extended hours. The surrounding
neighborhood should be canvassed to make sure that the
late-night activity is not going to adversely affect the area.
Extending hours will require extra staff. Sonic localities
now have curfew laws that may create some problems for
extended recreation hours. Residents living near parks
may be disturbed by people playing sports at 2 a.m.
350 Psted Strategies M Prevent Crime
Signs of Success
In the summertime, when Phoenix, Arizona, basketball
courts and other recreational facilities are kept open until
2 a.m., police calls reporting juvenile crime drop by as
much as 55 percent ("Healing America's Cities," The
give young people a safe, structured, and supervised al-
ternative from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., when they are most
vulnerable to the drug culture and the crime it spawns.
Games were followed by workshops on drug abuse, employment and sexual responsibility In 1995, 38 localities
were identified as having MBL leagues.
Trust for Public Land, 1994).
Applying the Strategy
The City Manager of Glenarden, Maryland, found himself
reading too many obituaries about young people, so in
1986 he founded a midnight basketball league (MBL) to
Contact Information
MI3L of Monmouth County
201 Alpine Trail
Neptune. New Jersey 07753
Take Back the Parks
Potential Obstacles
Citizens with government support engage in activities to
take parks back for legitimate recreational use.
Many people are fearful of challenging the disorderly or
lawbreaking people who drove them from the park in the
first place. Repair and continued upkeep of the parks may
he costly
Crime Problem Addressed
In many cities, parks have been taken over by youth gangs
and drug users, denying them to the law-abiding public for
their intended recreational use.
Signs of Success
Key Components
academic programs. In 1980. a resident found that the
area park had no programs and was dominated by gangs
and graffiti. The resident organized the business com-
Citizens must organize to take back their parks. They
must organize to help clean and repair the parks and to
report suspicious and illegal activity to the police. Residents must also use parks in large enough numbers on an
ongoing basis to ensure that the drug use and other illegal
activity is discouraged. This can be accomplished by providing interesting play equipment and organizing recreation activities that interest law-abiding children and adults.
Residents must insist that local government maintain parks
and that vandalism or other damage be immediately repaired.
Key Participants
Community residents working with park administratiirs
and the police can take parks back for community use.
The Alisco-l'ico Recreation Center in Los Angeles serves
850 children each week, offering 19 sports, cultural, and
munity and secured funding to rebuild the park and set up
progi-ams ("Thking Back the Parks," l'arks an(1 Recreation.
April 1991).
Applying the Strategy
In the summer of 1989, l'hiladelphia community groups
held block parties and barbecues in drug-infested parks
and street corners to disrupt drug-dealing activities. The
"Noble Neighbors" group in Chicago organized a candlelight vigil and took back a small park that had become a
center for drug activity
Contact Information
American Parks and Recreation Association
1800 Silas Dene Highway No. 1
Rocky IR, Connecticut 06067
1 SG
Sufi' and Attradire Public Places
Restrict or Prohibit Aloha! Use
Signs of Success
Alcohol use in public parks or other public recreation areas
After a prohibition on alcohol on its public beaches was
established, the City of Galveston, Texas, saw arrests for
disorderly conduct decrease from 125 to 36 and arrests
for drunk driving decrease from 67 to 19 in the first six
is restricted or prohibited.
Crime Problem Addressed
Restricting or prohibiting alcohol use discourages disorderly behavior, violence, and drunk driving.
Key Components
Residents can collect information about incidents of disorderly behavior, violence, and drunk driving in recreation
areas where alcohol consumption is allowed. They should
then determine whether restriction on public use of alcohol
is a local or state authority (In many states public consumption of alcohol is prohibited, but in some states it is
not.) Other cities can be contacted to find out how their
laws have fared against legal challenges. This information
can be presented to government leaders and with the request that restrictions be placed on the use of alcohol.
Key Participants
Citizens' groups, businesses, and the police can work together to define areas where alcohol consumption may be
contributing to community disorder.
Potential Obstacles
months of 1994 versus 1993. In 1993 there were also three
murders on the beach. The Fourth of July weekend normally brought with it fighting and scattered shooting. But
after the ban there were no recorded incidents of violence,
even though the crowds were the biggest seen in seven
years ("Dry Beaches," Dallas, "lexas. Morning News, July
24, 1994).
Applying the Strategy
The Mayor of Ft. Lauderdale, Florija, visited Galveston
to talk about how his city batmen alcohol on all of its
bea. :es in 1987 and how the city weot from a spring break
party town to a draw for international visitors. Residents
along the beach in neighboring Galveston County are upset
that thousands of partyers from the city have moved to
their beaches.
Contact Information
City Manager
PO. Box 779
Galvesuni, linuis 77553
Many business owners in resort towns may oppose this
move because of the impact it may have on their business.
A ban on drinking will place additional enforcement duties
on the police departmei.t.
Restrict Access
Key Components
Access to laundry rooms, storage closets, heating and
cooling rooms, certain stairwells, and other sensitive
areas in hospitals is restricted.
lic)spital security staff must work with hospital adminis-
Crime Problem Addressed
value or ease of theft, should be located away from stairwells and elevators. If attractive targets must be located
Restricting access in hospitals will address theft of property from the hospital and patients as well as assaults on
staff and patient s.
trators to manage access into and within the hospital.
Doors opening to stairwells and the outside should be
identified. Rooms containing attractive targets, either in
by stairwells, elevators, and exterior opening doors,
proper locks sluitild be installed on the doors of the highrisk areas and procedures put in place to ensure that they
350 7ested Strategies to Prevent Crime
Another study found higher theft rates for rooms located
near an escape route.
are properly secured. Signs that identify attractive targets
should be removed. Identification badges should be worn
by staff, and visitor badges should be issued to all visitors.
Applying the Strategy
Key Participants
the hospital. Enlisting the cooperation of visitors by posting the visitation rules can also be helpful.
At Children's Hospital in Washington, DC, access to hotspots such as the hospital pharmacy is strictly limited. No
signs are used to identify other sensitive locations such as
executive offices and the credit union. An electronic card
system is used to control access throughout the hospital.
Potential Obstacles
Contact Information
Changes to the layout of the hospital may be cost prohibitive. Emergency exits needed for escape during fires can-
Director of Security
Children's National Medical Center
not be closed or obstructed. Many staff resist wearing
111 Michigan Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20010
Hospital security staff and hospital administrators can
work together to increase security for high-risk areas of
identification badges.
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A 1989 study of hospital theft found that areas of the
hospital with controlled access had lower rates of theft.
Emergency Room Violence Prevention Protocol
Key Participants
Emergency room staff are trained to respond to violent
patients and situations.
Emergency room staff must work with security the police, and other emergency workers to develop protocols for
handling violence and its victims.
Crime Problem Addressed
Potential Obstacles
Developing protocol and training emergency room staff to
adequately respond to violence in the emergency room will
help reduce the likelihood of physical attacks against staff.
visitors, patients. and police officers.
Medical staff are interested in helping the sick and injured.
They may be resistant to policies that place other concerns
ahead of treating patients.
Key Components
Signs of Success
As they treat an ever-increasing number of violent crime
victims, emergency rooms and their staff are becoming
more exposed to violence. Emergency violence prevention
protocols should be developed and staff trained to handle
A 1993 study by the American College of Emergency Physicians found that many hospitals were adopting enhanced
measures to address emergency room violence. Fifty-two
percent reported the use of panic buttons, 34 percent use
closed-circuit television, and 27 percent place security
personnel in emergency rooms during high-risk hours.
Other measures were training, visitor control, and metal
detectors ("The Emergency Room View on Tiolence.- Se-
violent patients and situations to ensure that the emergency room itself does not become a victim. Nonviolent
crisis intervention training should be provided to teach staff
how to diffuse violence in the emergency room. The protocol should also address public access to emergency services and the hospital, procedures to check for and handle
curity Management, April 1994).
weapons, control of family members and visitors, and
Applying the Strategy
ground rules for working with security staff and the police
in the emergency room.
Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, made many
changes to its procedures because of lax security in the
emergency room, where even the security staff had con-
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cerns about its own safety. A committee of emergency
room staff, hospital administrators, and security was created to develop new procedures. Changes included restricted access, closer screening of patients, and new visitation rules.
Contact Information
Director of Security
Henry Ford Hospital
2799 West Graham Boulevard
Detroit, Michigan 48202
Hospital Watch
Potential Obstacles
Hospital staff are organized and trained to watch for and
report dangerous situations.
A Hospital Watch will face the typical apathy problems
faced by most watch programs. Because hospitals have
so many doors with all types of staff and visitors coming
and going all the time, watching for unusual activity will
Crime Problem Addressed
A Hospital Watch can address all types of crime problems.
be difficult.
Key Components
Signs of Success
The hospital should be organized into watch groups by
A 50 percent reduction in crime was recorded after the
building or floors, with one hospital staff person assigned
to each watch group to coordinate activities. A regular
newsletter can be issued to provide staff with information
about security-related problems and suggestions. Mtch
leaders should be given enhanced crime prevention training. All hospital staff should be given a basic orientation
class on crime prevention, followed with periodic training
on related topics.
make watching easier, all staff should
wear identification badges. If practical, temporary II)
badges should be issued to all visitors. A telephone number
should be established to report problems, and signs should
be posted that the facility has a Hospital Witch program.
Key Participants
Hospital security staff and administrators can organize all
levels of hospital employees to establish a Hospital Witch.
Participation should also be sought from vendors and other
persons who visit the hospital for business purposes.
introduction of a Hospital Watch program at Poole General
Hospital in Dorset; England. The watch involves 35 coordinators from all staff disciplines: doctors. nurses, por-
ters, and cleaners (Crime l'rerention News, Home OfficeGreat Britain. Summer 1990).
Applying the Strategy
Security staff of Bellevue Hospital conducted a detailed
study of crime on hospital property It found theft the most
frequently reported crime, with most occurring on the
ground floor in one building. lb increase surveillance, a
Hospital Watch program was established, security patrols
were increased, and surveillance cameras were placed in
strategic locations.
Contact Information
Director of Hospital Police
Bellevue Hospital Center
462 First Avenue
New York, New York 10016
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350 Tested Strategies to Preant Crime
Exact Change Policy
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Users of public buses are required to have exact change
to pay fares.
From 1963 to 1968 the nation's bus systems experienced
a fivefold increase in bus driver robberies and a tenfold
increase in driver deaths. The shooting of one driver and
Crime Problem Addressed
the murder of another in one month in 1968 led to the
enactment of an exact fair policy by the bus system in
Exact change has had a dramatic effect on reducing the
robbery of bus drivers. The reduction in robbery has also
resulted in fewer assaults and murders of bus drivers.
Washington, DC. This change sharply reduced attacks on
drivers. Systems across the country have adopted exact
fare, and today robbery and attacks on bus drivers are
Key Components
rare ("Reduction of Robberies and Assaults on Bus Driv-
The local transportation company establishes a policy that
all bus riders must have exact change. No arrangements
Columbia. 1970).
are provided for the bus driver to make change, and the
exact change is normally deposited into a secure fare box
which the driver cannot open. Notices placed on the exterior and interior of the bus notify riders that exact fare
is required.
Applying the Strategy
Key Participants
American Public Transit Association
1201 New York Avenue. NW Suite 400
Wishington, DC 20005
ers." Stanford Research Institute and the University of
The transportation company establishes the policy requir-
ing exact fare and then relies on the willingness of the
public to tolerate this minor inconvenience.
This strategy is now a standard practice in most localities
throughout the United States.
Contact Information
Potential Obstacles
Exact fare has become a standard practice with most bus
companies throughout the country.
CPTED for Subways
Crime Prevention Thr(mgh Environmental Design
(CPTED) is used to build a subway envirc =lent that deters the opportunity for crime.
Crime Problem Addressed
The use of CI)TED in subway construction will help deter
and control all types of crime and help create an envin
ment that is clean, well-lighted, and safe.
Key Components
design group should include architects, security and police, and the subway authority Other cities where CPTED
was a design component of the subway can provide input.
Clrl'ED design principles should address visibility access
control, lighting. security hardware, landscaping. resistance to vandalism, and maintenance.
Key Participants
Incorporating CPTED subway construction requires participation from security and police, architects, builders.
and the subway authority
MED is action to design the physical environinent in
Potential Obstacles
ways that reduce or remove identifiable crime risks. Because of the cost of subway construction, it is vital to
incorporate C19'ED into the oNinal design. A security
individuals and professions necessary to incorporate
It may be difficult to interest and organize the variety of
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CPTED into subway design. Many see CPTEI) as having
high up-front costs. CPTED works best with new construction. CPTED for existing facilities is more complicated and costly.
Signs of Success
The Wishington. DC, subway opened in the early 1970s.
Because of the fear of crime, CP"I'ED became one of the
more important design components of the system. It was
designed to discourage crime by providing excellent visibility. good lighting, and vandal-resistant materials. The
subway has had fewer than five murders and averages
about 100 robberies per year, many of which take place
around bus stops and not in the subway (Washington Nletro
Crime Prevention Unit. 1993).
Applying the Strategy
CPTED changes implemented by the New York Transit
Authority have substantially increased the overall perception of security by passengers. Unfortunately because the
changes modified existing construction, they were very
expensive. As the Washington subway continues to grow
CPTED remains a primary design requirement to keep
passengers safe.
Contact Information
Crime Prevention Unit
Metro Transit Police Department
600 Fifth Street
Washington. DC 20001
Prohibit Panhandling in Subways
tory The panhandling law must be very specitic: if it is
too broad it may be successfully challenged in court.
Begging or panhandling in subways is prohibited.
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Crime Problem Addressed
Panhandling or begging creates an impression among the
public that an area is unsafe. A survey by Columbia University showed that nearly 70 percent of the public believes
panhandling shoukl not be allowed. Many people feel intim-
idated or coerced by beggars or panhandlers.
won back the right on appeal. Polls showed that sympathy
for the plight of beggars and the homeless actually increased among ridership after the ban was affirmed by the
courts. Felonies deceased in the subway by 15 percent
following the ban ("The Broken-Window Theory of Urban
Decay" This librld. March 15, 1992).
Key Components
Local governments must carefully craft laws to prohibit or
restrict individuals from begging for money on subway
property The laws should address the specific activities
to be prohibited and where they are pr(ihibited. The police
department and transit authority should collect detailed
information on the detrimental effects of panhandling on
the public's right to use the subway system safely
Key Participants
Local government flicials must work with the police,
The New Nbrk Transit Authority banned beggars from
subways, lost the right to do so in district court, and then
ernment attorneys, and groups that provide support services to the homeless and similar persons.
Applying the Strategy
I'hiladelphia discourages panhandling by asking the public
not to give money to panhandlers. In addition to banning
beggars. the New York system has also focused on pick-
pockets with the passage of a jostling law It allows the
police to arrest individuals who bump into or jostle people
to commit pickpocketing. This and other steps are part of
a comprehensive plan the New York Transit Police have
implemented over the past few years to make the subways
Contact Information
Potential Obstacles
Many groups that provide supp(wt services to the homeless and poor may find this t ype of legislation discrinana-
New York City Transit Police I /epartment
370 Jay Street
Brooklyn, New irk 11201
7 N-330-8658
350 7ested Strategies to Prevent Crime
Install Cameras on Buses
Video cameras on buses record and discourage illegal and
disruptive behavior.
publicity, especially when someone is caught because of
the cameras, it may have limited effect.
Signs of Success
A bus company in North Shield, England, installed two
active and three dummy video cameras on 24 buses. The
Crime Problem Addressed
Installing video cameras on buses can diminish vandalism,
theft, assault, and disorderly behavior
use of videos on the buses was well publicized. Vandalism
declined for the whole fleet, reducing seat repair costs by
two-thirds. Other benefits were fewer assaults on drivers,
less fare evasion, and fewer complaints about bad driving
("Video Cameras and Bus Vandalism," Situational Crime
Prevention Successful Studies, 1993).
Key Components
Transportation routes that experience high levels of crime
and disorder should be identified and video cameras installed on those buses. Camera boxes can be placed on all
of the problem buses, but cameras will actually be installed
in only a few of the boxes. The boxes themselves should
act as deterrents. The fact that cameras are installed and
that they will be used to bring charges against offenders
should be publicized. Charges will be brought for illegal
activity recorded by the camera and the results publicized.
Applying the Strategy
Key Participants
The Greenville County South Carolina. school district rotated 15 video cameras among 70 video camera boxes on
its 332 school buses. The cameras and camera boxes were
installed to record and deter disruptive behavior by students on school buses. The project was so successful that
the school district ordered 15 more cameras and 70 more
camera boxes.
The transportation company can make arrangements to
obtain and use video cameras on its vehicles.
Contact Information
Greenville County School District
PO. Box 2848
Greenville, South Carolina 29602
Potential Obstacles
There are minimal up-front costs for the installation of
video cameras. If the program is not given significant
Remove Identification From Rental Vehicles
License plates and company logos that identify vehicles as
rental vehicles are eliminated.
that they are rental cars. The companies must also make
arrangements with states that issue vehicle rental license
plates to discontinue that practice.
Crime Problem Addressed
Key Participants
Removing markings that identify rental vehicles should
Rental companies can remove their company identifying
logos and must work with state motor vehicle departments
that issue identifiable license plates
rental vehicles.
Travel groups such as the American Automobile Association can also be key players.
make it more difficult for criminals who would attack tour-
ists or business travelers unfamiliar with their surround-
Key Components
Potential Obstacles
Car rental companies must decide if they want to remove
rental identifications from their vehicles. This may be nec-
In states where identifiable license plates are issued for
rental cars, changes in state law or regulaticin may be
required to stop the issuing ot rental license plates.
essary only in high-crime areas or areas with a large
tourist population. The rental companies must devise a
system to keep track of their vehicles without advertising
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Signs of Success
Alamo Kent-A-Car got permission from the state of Florida to relicense 20,000 of its rental cars in southern Florida. Alamo also removed its company logos.
Applying the Strategy
The Automobile Association of Florida urged car rental
agencies in the state to remove license plates and logos
that identify rental vehicles. Hertz removed all company
logos or other rental identifiers from its cars. Hertz also
worked with the state of Florida to discontinue issuing
unique license plates for rental cars.
Contact Information
American Automobile Association
1000 AAA Drive
Heathrow, Florida 32746
Taxi Security Screens
Security screens are installed in taxicabs between the
driver and passenger compartments.
Crime Problem Addressed
Security screens protect taxicab drivers from robbery and
Key Components
The taxicab company or driver, if independent, must consider the various security screens that are available and
a license and usually prefer to operate without screens. In
New York City, 35 of the taxicab drivers murdered in 1993
were "gypsies."
Signs of Success
The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission recently began requiring that all cabs have bullet-resistant
partitions and emergency lights installed. Nearly 1,200
cabs are affected by this law. The Metropolitan Board of
Trade, which represents 1,764 cabs, says that all of its
taxis have security screens and that in the past 20 years
only one driver has been murdered, and that was outside
decide on a model that provides security to the driver
the taxi (New York Times, Jan. 16, 1994).
while having the least impact on communications between
driver and passenger. Some localities have mandated security screens, but in many areas company policy decides
Applying the Strategy
whether screens are required.
The City of Los Angeles recently enacted a mandatory
Key Participants
law for taxi screens. The International Taxicab and Livery
Association supports the use of screens but believes that
screens presently available have many deficiencies. In re-
Taxicab companies and drivers are the primary participants. Local government may also become involved if it
chooses to use its regulatory authority to improve driver
sponse to the need for a better screen, the association is
developing a new screen that will provide safety with as
little negative impact as possible on passengers. A proto-
type of the new screen should be available within the next
Potential Obstacles
Many drivers claim that security screens limit visibility.
interfere with communication, and :7'duce tips. Many in
the industry claim that screens currently available have
deficiencies. In many cities, "gypsy- taxis operate without
Contact Information
International Taxi Cab and Livery Association
3849 Farragut Avenue
Kensington, Maryland 20895
350 7i'sted Strategies to Prevent Crime
Security Escort Service
personnel to drive the vehicles and the vehicles themselves.
Special transportation or escort services are offered to
individuals in high-risk hcations.
Signs of Success
Crime Problem Addressed
In 1988, women in Bristol. Enj.dand, who did not feel safe
using other forms of transportation at night were provided
a low-cost door-to-door lift service. A similar service was
started in Bradford. England, in 1989. Service was offered
for women from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday for a very low fee. The service averaged about 350
Transportation escort services primarily address the fear
of crime by offering travelers secure transportation from
one point to another.
Key Components
Populations who are restricting their travel because of fear
of using public transportation must be identified. as must
the times that escort services are most needed. Arrangements should be made to provide low-cost transportation
services to these special populations. The availability of
the service should be advertised. If the services allow
women or other populations to have greater employmein
freedom, corporate or government sponsorship may be
passengers per week. Employers liked the service because it gave greater working freedom to their female
employees ("Safer Cities for Women.- 'ken Planning Review, Vol. 63. 1992).
Applying the Strategy
The Local Intercampus Mobile Operation (1. IN10) program
at Marquette University uses five 15-passenger vans driven by students to offer free escort service for students.
LIMO operates from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. There are set
Key Participants
routes, but students can request special pick-up services.
In two years LIMO logged more than 350M00 transports.
Local governments or special-interest groups can work
with transportation companies or car dealerships to obtain
Potential Obstacles
This type of service will have to be subsidized because of
the small population it will serve. The major costs will be
Contact Information
Department of Public Safety
Marquette University
719 North 16th Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233
Highway Watch
A watch program is organized so that highway truck driv-
ers can observe and report suspicious or illegal activity
along highways and at truck stops and rest stops.
Crime Problem Addressed
A watch irograni along highways and at rest st(9s and
truck stops can address all types of crime.
Key Components
The la ilice can work wit h trucking companies to elicourage
truckers to use CB radios or cellular telephones to report
suspicious or dangerous situations on the highways. Truck
stops can also be incorporated into a business neighborhood-style watch. Managers and ussers of truck stops can
look for missing or abducted children and fleeing felons
wanted by the police. Crime prevention training programs
can Ile set up for drivers, travelers, and truck stop employees. In essence, the truck stop could be treated like
a small community.
Key Participants
The police can work with truck companies and drivers,
truck stop operators, highway personnel, travelers, and
tourism authorities to use truck drivers as extra eyes and
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Potential Obstacles
Applying the Strategy
The obstacles to a watch program like this would be those
typical of any Neighborhood Watch: apathy and a drop in
interest after concern about a given tragic event subsides.
The American Truckers Association has adopted the Pennsylvania Pike Watch program and is beginning a new national program called Road Watch. The program was re-
Signs of Success
cently begun in New York, with a planned expansion to
nine other states.
The Pennsylvania State Police began the Pike Watch program with truckers and truck stops in 1990. The program
began with the Pennsylvania Thrnpike and later expanded
to Interstates 79, 80, 81, 83, and 84. From 1990 to 1992,
ten motor carrier companies joined the program. State
Police departments in other states are considering copying
the program.
Contact Information
American Truckers Association
2200 Mill Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Support Telecommuting, Teleshopping, or Mail Ordering
Potential Obstacles
Individuals fearful about crime can use technology that
liAecommuting requires significant changes in the work
allows them to work or shop by computer, telephone, television, and mail.
environment for empk wee and employer. Communications
equipment and software are necessary Cable service is
Crime Problem Addressed
not available in all communities, and some people cannot
afford the cost of cable television service.
Telecommuting, teleshopping. and mail order allow individuals fearful about crime to avoid areas or times when they
Signs of Success
feel unsafe working or shwping. This can reduce their
Telecommuting as a crime prevention strategy has not
been evaluated. However, telecommuting should expose
exposure to robbery, assault, larceny, and vandalism.
Key Components
lelecommuting requires that businesses change working
hours and conditions to allow individuals to work by telephone modem and computer from the home. The worker
will need to have the computer equipment and software at
home to communicate with the office. Teleshopping is
available in communities with cable television service. Mail
order catalogs make it possible to shop by mail. These
crime prevention options could be discussed at a Ncla-
persons to less workplace violence while providing a presence in the home and neighborhood that can help reduce
burglary. The National Retail Federation's research found
that fear of crime, frustration with poor store service, and
increased comfort with new technologies could prompt 40
percent of all shoppers to try home shopping in the next
two tvars ("Retail Forecasting at New Thrk Convention."
St. Paul Pioneer l'ress. Jan. 31. 1994).
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borhood Watch meeting.
Many organizations are experimenting with telecommut-
Key Participants
ing. Stampede Technologies has developed a software
package called Remote Office that allows the user to ac-
Individuals wishing to telecommute must make affangements with their employers. Individuals can subscribe to
a cable television service in their locality to gain access to
home shopping channels on television.
cess any server, printer, mainframe, or desktop computer
from the home.
Contact Information
SSSmith and Associates
8572 Old Stage Road
Waynesville, Ohio 45068
350 Tested Strategies to Prevent Crime
Controlled Access to School Buildings
are secure. While creating limited access or "choke
By limiting and controlling access to school buildings,
school officials enhance safety and security for staff and
and other visitors, the limitations significantly deter the
Crime Problem Addressed
Sixty-nine percent of students who responded to a recent
survey and who have been victims of violence in or around
their school believe people who do not belong can easily
enter their school. Only half of the students who had been
victims of violence believe that interior areas of their
school are safe. This strategy reduces student and teacher
victimization by nonstudents who do not belong on the
school campus. It recognizes the problem of school-age or
other criminals entering schools for the purpose of committing a crime. It recognizes that youth who have been
expelled may return to the school to commit criminal acts
or that adults may enter the campus to victimize students
or staff.
Key Components
Drug pushers, gang members, and students who have
been suspended or expelled may attempt to enter schools
to commit crimes. Preventing unauthorized entry will have
points" may be inconvenient for casual entrance by parents
potential for crime within the building and therefore should
be communicated to parents and staff as a crime prevention and security measure. Support for the measure can
be enhanced if staff and parent concerns are addressed in
the design of the school's security plan.
Potential Obstacles
Many students, staff, and parents do not want the inconveni.:nce of walking or driving to specific entrances su-
pervised by school staff. Especially during inclement
weather, reasonable complaints about access will be made.
Discussion with and education of each affected group will
help alleviate many concerns and will build support for this
security measure.
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Access limitation is a strategy used throughout the country. The Chicago Public School District removed most
outside door handles on all but the front door of all its
school buildings. Doors are locked 24 hours a day, even
when the school is in session. Panic bars allow exit from
a favorable impact on and support any school security
the building in case of emergency An alarm sounds if the
doors are opened without permission from school staff.
In this strategy, school officials secure all en:dor doors
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so that they can be opened only from the inside. Access
is limited to one entrance in each building, usually one in
the front of the building and visible from a main street.
Staff and students exiting from any other door are in-
structed to not let anyone they do not recognize enter
through that door and to direct such persons to go around
to the front of the building. The single access point is
monitored by school staff or security personnel. Legitimate visitors sign in and are issued passes that they must
wear while inside the school. Visitors who do not wish to
identify themselves or their purpose for entering are not
allowed into the school.
Key Partnerships
After a stranger abducted a third grader from a local elementary school in Oxford, Mississippi, this strategy was
among the first security measures implemented by the
school district. Mothers of students now monitor entrances and hallways to ensure that access is gained only
by legitimate visitors. The school is now much safer.
Contact Information
Assistant Superintendent of Education
Lafayette County
PO. Box 110
Oxford, Mississippi 38655
School boards, superintendents. principals, and parent organizations should band together to ensure that schools
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Closed Circuit Television Surveillance
Key Partnerships
Installation of closed circuit video cameras in schools with
a high incidence of crime can help deter crime within the
school. on buses, and in parking areas.
The school district, which must train all personnel who
will use the equipment, should have the school board set
policies governing the use of the CCTV system and the
information it records. Parents, students, and staff should
be involved in decisions about placement of the cameras
to ensure that placement responds to the crime concerns
Crime Problem Addressed
Half of student victims of school violence surveyed in 1994
believe the interior areas of their school are not safe. A
of everyone.
significant percentage of crimes committed against youths
Potential Obstacles
occur in or near school. The whole gamut of offenses
committed on school grounds is addressed through this
initiative. Natural fields of surveillance reduce crime at
any location. School policies that place teachers and other
staff in hallways help reduce crime. Closed circuit televi-
sion cameras are additional -supervisors" whose electronic recording capability is useful in getting an accurate
account of events that occur in their field of view
Key Components
Cameras and monitors are relatively inexpensive, but wide
angle and zoom lenses, weatherproof housing for outdoor
cameras, and mounts for cameras can be very expensive.
In addition, the assistance of a security consultant may be
necessary to ensure maximum effectiveness in the place-
ment of the correct number of cameras. These costs can
be absorbed by school districts, but usually at the expense
of other items in the school budget.
Many students and some parents initially object to
This strategy involves placement of video cameras at several points along hallways, in common areas such as lunch
rooms and student locker areas, and on the exterior of
buildings in areas near the main entrance and parking lots.
The closed circuit cameras allow school staff in the main
administrative or security office to view simultaneously,
activity in each of these locations. School officials can then
dispatch security personnel or other staff to subdue fight-
ing students, calm disturbances, or assist an injured stu-
dent or staff member. As the cameras scan the areas
placement of cameras as an intrusion on their privacy. The
best way to overcome these objections is to communicate
the security concerns that prompted the decision to install
the cameras and to provide information of their effectiveness in deterring crime problems in the school.
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The National School Boards Association documents the
successful implementation of CCTV technology in many
school districts in its 1993 report, Violence in the Schools:
within their view, they also record activity that security
officials may need to review at a later date if an incident
occurs. Some schools mount cameras on school buses to
deter violence among students and to discourage anyone
who would attempt to harm a student from boarding the
How America's Schoolboards Are Safeguarding Ibur Children. Security expert Lawrence J. Fennel ly also advocates
use of CCTV in schools in his 1992 work, Security Applications in Industry and Institutions.
Coupled with a policy limiting access through one door
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only; closed circuit television (CCTV) can also be used at
that doorway to view all parties who enter, including visi-
tors signing in with staff monitoring the entrance. If a
visitor came to school to commit a crime, the visible
CCTV camera would serve as a deterrent because it reminds the individual that his or her image is being recorded. Similarly students who would deal illegal drugs in
a hallway or stairwell or assault another student or a staff
member are deterred by the presence of the CCTV camera:. The cameras essentially serve as extra security staff
and supplement security personnel who cannot otherwise
monitiir all areas simultaneously
Lafayette County Mississippi, schools now ase CCTV on
school buses. Permanent mounts are affixed in each bus,
and the more expensive cameras are moved at the discretion of school officials. Misbehavior by children has declined dramatically since installation. 1Ise of CCTV by
Foley Public Schools in Minnesota has curtailed thefts of
student property from hallway kickers.
In 1992, the "Iiipeka, Kansas, public schools developed
a comprehensive district-wide security program. In 1993,
the district added installation of CCTV to the program.
Although students initially resisted the intrusion of the
cameras and complained about being watched all the time,
they are now among the policy's biggest advocates. The
cameras now mounted and active in each of the district's
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six middle schools and three high schools are credited
with contributing to a decline in crime within school build-
ings. Other key elements of the successful security program include photo 11) badges for students and teachers,
a system of crisis management plans for each school, and
hand-held metal detectors.
Contact Information
General Director of Secondary Education
Thpeka Public Schools
624 Southwest 24th Street
Thpeka, Kansas 66611
Code of Conduct
A code of conduct outlining acceptable and unacceptable
student behavior establishes clear rules and helps to create
in the school an atmosphere that deters crime and violence.
Crime Problem Addressed
Nearly 40 percent of local officials surveyed in 1994 by the
National League of Cities stated that school violence in
their community had increased noticeably in the previous
Regional Vision for Education, effective codes "are written
with student input, and clearly define the roles, the rights,
and the responsibilities of all persons involved in the
school." Some parents initially perceive a student code of
conduct as being unfair and overly strict. They should be
advised that codes of conduct are meant to reinforce positive behavior as well as set out consequences for inappropriate or dangerous behavior. With that understanding.
parents often become more supportive as they realize that
the policies help keep their children safe in school.
five years. Order within the school and discipline of violent
Signs of Success
and disruptive students are both effectively addressed
through this strategy
The National School Boards Association (NSBA) highlights successful codes in seven cities in four states in a
Key Components
icies. Seventy-six percent of the districts surveyed by
NSBA in 1993 reported use of a student conduct or dis-
A student code of conduct clearly spells out definitions of
acceptable and unacceptable behavior and outlines a system of graduated sanctions (detention. suspension, expul-
sion) for violations. The code is usually designed by a
combination of school officials, parents. faculty, and stu-
dent representatives. linchers are responsible for describing the policy to students, who receive it in writing
and must signal their agreement to abide by it by signing
a copy. Some policies also incorporate a system of rewards
for students who exhibit good behavior. Many schools also
have peer review boards that recommend penalties for
students with discipline problems. Adherence to policy and
application of sanctions without exception helps to increase compliance with the policy and adherence to the
rules of the school.
Key Partnerships
School officials, parents, and students should all be involved in designing the code and in developing materials
for communicating it to students and parents. This involvement will help build support for the policy and ensure that
all parents and students understand the potential conse-
1993 report on school violence control and prevention pol-
ciplinary code as part of a violence control measure. The
National School Safety Center also credits student codes
of conduct as a successful strategy in its 1990 School Sqfrty
Cheek Book.
Applying the Strategy
The Montgomery, Alabama, Public Schools established a
"code of good student behavior" for all students in the
system after hearing of growing concerns over bullying and
more serious student behavior issues. The school district
developed a booklet for students and parents that outlines
classroom behavior guidelines and consequences, school
rules about cheating and other infractions, and sanctions
against illegal activities (assault, vandalism, presence of
drugs and weapons). The policy outlines a range of ageappropriate consequences for violations. After the first
year of implementation, incidents of violence and behavior
problems declined noticeably The code is part of a comprehensive security program that includes security guards
in schools, drug abuse prevention education, and conflict
mediation training for teachers.
quences of acceptable or unacceptable behavior.
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Potential Obstacles
Security Chief
Montgomery l'ublic tick nth;
PO. Box 1991
Montgomery Alabama 36104
The system must be ktgical. fair, and subject to appeal
within the schotfl system. According to the St nit heastern
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Dress Code
A school board policy restricting wearing of gang-related,
sexually explicit clothing or clothes bearing violent messages or sayings advocating illegal activities helps reinforce discipline and minimize the potential for violent confrontation in the sclutol.
Crime Problem Addressed
Seventy-eight percent of school districts responding to a
recent national survey said their schools had reported
serious student-on-student violence. Some of the violence
occurring in schools is related to the presence of gangs
and conflicts that arise among rival gangs. The gangs are
recognizable through the wearing of specific colors or
with parents and students about the objectives of the policy can help to build support for its implementation. Policies
.based only on gang colors can backfire if gang membership
or color affiliations of gangs change.
Signs of Success
Forty-one percent of all schools and 52 percent of urban
schools surveyed in 1993 reported use of student dress
codes as part of a crime and violence prevention strategy.
Dr. Chester Quarles. professor and director of criminal
justice programs at the University of Mississippi. notes
the large number of successful school dress code policies
in Staving Sati' at School, one of a series of monographs
designed to educate teachers about effective school safety
other identifying garments. The dress code is one element
of school district policy to combat gang activity and the
violence that often accompanies it.
Key Components
The strategy focuses on gang activity within a school.
require a dress code, the school must demonstrate a connection between establishment of a dress code and its
impact on gang activity The policies typically prohibit
wearing of specific colors associated with area gangs, certain sports franchise merchandise, or certain kinds of jew-
dry Many school dress codes also prohibit wearing of
sexually explicit T-shirts or other garments that display
messages advocating use of drugs, violence, or otherwise
illegal behavior. Some schools go beyond prohibiting certain clothing and require uniforms similar to those of private or parochial schools.
Applying the Strategy
Thcoma. Washington, adopted a "no gang colors at school.'
policy as part of a strategy to address an increase in gang-
related drive-by shootings. Tipton Community School
Corporation in Indiana has a policy restricting the wearing
of clothes that "disrupt the school, interfere with health
or safety, or promote vulgarity" Each of these districts
feels confident that the dress ('ode policies have helped
reduce the incidence of violence and conflict among students and improved student and staff perception of safety
within the school.
San Juan Capistrano, California. schools adopted a dress'
code policy in 1993. The centrally developed policy gives
individual schools the flexibility to develop more restrictive
prohibitions if school officials and parents feel it is necessary Flyers and information packets describe to parents
the policy, which is in effect in all schools. The policy
Key Partnerships
School administrators, parents, teachers, and students
must each have a voice in designing a dress code policy
Sonic schools have even neg(ttiated dress code policies
with gang members as part of an effort to keep the school
neutral territory in gang disputes.
Ntential Obstacles
There are some constitutional impediments. Schools must
associate dress code polk.y with reasonable concerns
about safety and must relate restrictions on clot hing to
security concerns. Some parents and students object to
such policies, characterizing them as restrictitms (4. personal freedom of choice. Open and honest communication
prohibiting baseball caps and baggy pants. clothing consid-
ered unsafe, garments that display obscene symbols or
slogans that denigrate specific groups of people, or anything that promotes illegal activity has helped to alleviate
sonic violence problems associated with the &wen gangs
active in the area. The number of suspensions has also
declined significantly in many schools.
Contact Information
Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools
Capistrano U.S.!).
32972 Calle Perfecto
San Juan Capistrano, California 92675
35(1 Psted Strategies to Preeent Crime
Drug-Free Zones
Establishing areas in and near schools as drug-free zones
helps to prevent drug dealing and use and enhances the
safety of the school environment for students and staff.
prosecutors and judges must commit to applying the
tougher sentences in such cases.
Schools can create support for the program by designing comprehensive drug abuse prevention programs that
build an antidrug and anti-alcohol bias among the students.
Student support can also be built through student-de-
Crime Problem Addressed
Drug trafficking to children is reduced inside schools, in
school bus and parking areas, and in other locations within
a specified distance of the school that are designated as
drug-free zones. This strategy uses increased penalties
signed publicity for the drug-free zone and through cornmunication to students about the convictions achieved by
local law enforcement and prosecutors.
Potential Obstacles
and prison sentences for those caught dealing druKs -vithin
1.000 feet of a school.
Prison officials may resist establishment of drug-free
Key Components
tences. Some judges may resist applying the policy to
juvenile offenders. Nlicies involving locker searches or
other student-related enforcement may face opposition
While drug dealing is already illegal, the local ordinances
that establish drug-free zones add significant time (often
two to three times the sentence for a similar offense outside the zone) to prison sentences for those caught dealing
drugs within the specified distance around a school. The
community and potential offenders are informed of the
policy and the boundaries of the zone via signs within the
designated area and through publicity from the police department. school officials, and community organizations.
Informal publicity occurs as those arrested in the zone
spread word about the strict sentences they received.
This informal publicity encourages drug dealers to move
to other parts of the community. away from areas where
children congregate. Although displacement of the activity
is not the ideal result, the strategy at least helps ensure
that children are protected from drug dealing and the violence that sometimes accompanies it.
The strategy also supplements drug abuse prevention
activities within the school, adding emphasis and visibility
to such programs and reminding students who would use
or sell drugs of the penalties involved should they be
caught. Drug-free schools have students sign covenants
stating they will not use drugs at school. Some schools
notify students that lockers are school property and remind them that lockers can be searched by school officials
who suspect they contain illegal drugs or weapons.
Schools with very serious drug problems sometimes even
use drug-sniffing police dogs to conduct random searches
of student lockers.
Key Partnerships
Lawmakers must work with school authorities and crimi-
zones if their facilities are already crowded and would have
difficulty absorbing additional detainees for such long sen-
from students or parents on constitutional grounds. Open
and clear communication with all parties affected by the
policy should help alleviate their concerns. The policy
should apply to locker searches and other, stricter, enforce-
ment measures only in situations where there is serious
disruption or danger in the school caused by drug dealing
and drug abuse.
Signs of Success
Legislation mandating establishment of drug-free school
zones was enacted by Congress in 1986. In 1988. the
legislation was expanded to include other areas where
children congregate, such as playgrounds, recreation and
youth centers, and business areas that attract children.
In The Winnable Mr A Community Guide to Eradicating Street Drug Markets. Roger Conner and Patrick
Burns advocate establishment of drug-free school zones
as one of the strategies communities should consider to
fight drug trafficking. While pointing out that effective
policies must be widely publicized and posted, the authors
note "[while] some critics argue that drug-free school
zone legislation is more symbolic than effective. proponents of the law point out that this 'symbolism' results in
real jail time. In addition, there is some evidence to suggest that drug dealers are moving their operations away
from drug-free school zones. In New Jersey, for example,
some dealers have said in wiretapped conversations that
they refrain from locating their operations near schools in
order to avoid harsher sentences."
nal justice personnel to designate the area a drug-free
Applying the Strategy
zone and to publicize the program within the community
and to parents and students. Local poli.ce must cooperate
In 1989. a new state drug-free school zone law prompted
the Seattle Police Department to establish the program in
with the community to arrest and seek convictions for
offenders caught dealing illegal drugs in the zone. Local
city schools, at school bus stops (3.300 sites), and in
parks. The policy added nearly twi years to the average
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sentence handed down to an offender convicted of dealing
illegal drugs. Signs were posted around and in the city's
175 schools and throughout 40 city parks. Students, parents, teachers, and others helped publicize and build support for the program by distributing flyers.
The program has been very successful. Since 1990,
local prosecutors have convicted 250 offenders. Arrests
been eliminated. Parents who used to patrol the parking
within the zone dropped noticeably after 1992, when word
610 3rd Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98104
of the program had spread throughout the city Frequent
drug dealing in areas around Seattle's schools has nearly
lots and bus stops have withdrawn those patrols, believing
the immediate threat to their children has abated.
Contact Information
Crime Prevention Unit
Seattle Police Department
Student Crime Watch
Student crime prevention or crime watch groups help to
ensure the safety of students and staff and play an important role in establishing a school environment that does
not tolerate crime.
Crime Problem Addressed
A substantial percentage of victimization of juveniles by
crime occurs in or around schools. These crimes include
theft of property from lockers, bullying, assault, and destruction of personal property. This strategy addresses all
types of crime and disorder in a school. By involving students in safety and security issues at the school, it teaches
students to be responsible for their own behavior and for
the welfare of the school community.
Key Components
In this strategy students work together in a commitment
to create a crime-free school environment. Students in a
crime prevention or crime watch club educate their peers
about crime and crime prevention, commit to reporting
suspicious or criminal activity on campus, and serve as
supplemental security assistants by patrolling playgrounds, cafeterias, and school buses.
Students in the group organize informational assem-
blies, recruit their peers into crime prevention projects
within the school and community, publicize crime-reporting hotlines, distribute information to students on crimerelated topics, act as liaisons with the community's Neighborhood Watch program regarding observation of school
property during off hours, and serve as role models for
their peers by demonstrating a commitment to remain
safe school environment. This strategy is one element of
such a program. The school crime watch represents a
recognition that school officials alone cannot protect the
school, staff, and students.
Potential Obstacles
Some school administrators do not believe that students
can or should perform security functions or assist with
crime prevention activities within a school setting. In instances where the school environment is violent, parents
may be reluctant to see their children involved in activities
they may perceive as making them vulnerable to crime or
retaliation from student offenders. "lb be effective, student
crime watch programs must be communicated as part of
an overall school strategy of "zero tolerance" for crime.
In that way, student involvement in crime prevention becomes the norm of student behavior, not the exception to
indifference, fear, or delinquencyy,
Signs of Success
Youth Crime Watch of America, Inc. (YCWA ). a non-profit
organization, empowers and motivates students to "create
crime-free and drug-free schools and communities"
through establishment of .Youth Crime Watch programs.
YCWA provides materials, workshops, and on-site training
for schools and communities seeking to initiate YCWA programs. It also facilitates the exchange of crime prevention
information and ideas among student groups across the
country via the organization's newsletter and other materials. The Miami-based gnat') has helped to establish very
successful Youth Crime Watch programs in middle and
high schmuls thnmghout the state of Fbnida and anmnd
the country
crime-free and active on behalf of the school community.
Key Partnerships
School board menthers. principals, school staff, and students must be encouraged to work together to ensure a
Applying the Strategy
School safety patrols and crime watch-!-i yle groups have
been used sm-cessfully for decades. In 1975, students at
Parkdale Senior High School in Prince Georges County,
350 Tested Strategies to Prerent Crime
Maryland, banded together to patrol their parking lot to
deter larceny from student vehicles. After a short while,
incidents of larceny from student vehicles dropped from
an average of 30 per month to zero. The success of the
program prompted continuation of patrols and formation
of a Student Security Advisory Council that continues to
this day. The Tiger Patrol in the W R. Thomas Middle
School in Miami monitors the hallway to prevent bullying
and victimization of students. It also actively discourages
vandalism. Seymour Vestermark. Jr.. and Peter Blauvelt.
authors of Controlling Crime in the School. believe in the
concept of student crime watch and patrols and assert that
students often do a better job than adults of settling stu-
dent disputes and preventing confrontations and crime
within schools.
Contact Information
Youth Crime Watch of America
Dadeland Thwers North, Suite 320
9300 South Dadeland Boulevard. Suite 100
Miami, Florida 33156
Gun-Free Zones
Key Partnerships
Establishing policies prohibiting the possession of guns in
schools and within a set distance of school buildings helps
to secure schools from gun-related violence and crime.
Lawmakers must work with school authorities and criminal justice personnel to designate gun-free zones and to
publicize the program within the community and to parents and students. Local police must cooperate with the
community to arrest and seek convictions for offenders
caught handling guns in the zone. Local prosecutors and
judges must commit to applying the tougher sentences in
Crime Problem Addressed
The strategy recognizes the inherent danger of c(mcealed
firearms in the possession of gang members. drug traffickers, and fearful students. A survey by the National
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that
about 135.000 guns are brought into schools every day
such cases.
Schools can create support for the program by designing comprehensive gun violence prevention programs. Stu-
According to the Office ofJuvenile Justice and I)elinquency
Prevention. nearly 20 percent of all offenders arrested in
1991 while carrying guns were juveniles.
dent support can also be built through student-designed
publicity for the gun-free zone and through communication
to students about the convictions achieved by local law
enforcement and prosecutors.
Key Components
Potential Obstacles
Localities designate school buildings. school bus stops.
Sonic communities resist the policies out of concern that
the accompanying publicity will label the community as
One with a gun violence problem. Local policymakers in
and the perimeter area around school buildings as weapon-
free zones, where possession or use of a firearm. knife.
or other weapon carries additional penalties for the offender. Thuths caught with a gun in the zone are usually
suspended (in some cases expelled) by school officials and
may face criminal charges. Like the drug-free school zone
concept, this strategy aims to deter offenders from carrying and using a gun or knife in the zone by imposing
increased penalties. The policies may displace such activities to other areas of the community Even so, school and
law enforcement officials believe that the policies are %.ery
effective in securing areas frequented by school-aged
youth and staff while school is in session.
The designated areas are marked by special signage
and publicized througlunit the community In additim to
enhanced sanctions. most school districts where such policies are in place also have implemented antiviolence and
gun education programs to reinforce among students the
belief that carrying guns and knives to school is not safe
and shoukl not be tolerated by them and their peers.
sonic communities worry that expulsion of students
caught with guns just releases dangerous students into
the community and removes them from educational opportunities. Many communities in this situation have developed alternative (off-site and separate) education programs for such students, combining traditional curricula
with violence prevention education. Implementing such
policies and alternative education programs can be costly
for school districts. Sonic have not aggressively pursued
these policies out of a concern about costs or because
they have determined that guns are not currently a signif-
icant problem in their district. As of 1994, the federal
government was considering withholding some federal
funds from districts that did not adopt expulsion as the
sanction for students caught with guns. Costs can be minimized through partnerships with businesses to share expenses and with law enforcement to develop preventkni
education pn)grams for students.
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Signs of Success
Applying the Strategy
In 1990, Congress passed and the president signed the
Gun-Free School Zones Act. The law directs school districts to develop policies to keep students and staff safe
from guns and other dangerous weapons. Following the
successful drug-free zone concept, many local districts
have adopted weapon-free zones within and around the
The San Diego, California, school district, under the direction of the School Police Services director, devised a
zero tolerance policy for weapons on campus policy. The
policy prohibits weapons on campus, on buses, and at
school-sponsored activities. Posters and bumper stickers
publicize the program to students and staff. Parents and
youths receive written descriptions of the policy and sanctions against students who violate it. In order to attend
certain preferred schools, students must sign a contract
that they will not bring a gun or weapon to school or fight
with other students. Since the policy was enacted in 1991
school, in many cases developing "zero tolerance- policies
that direct severe sanctions (including expulsion) of stu-
dents caught with guns or other dangerous weapons.
Communities in states as diverse as Oklahoma. Washington, California. Missouri, and Pennsylvania have had success with this approach. The National School Safety Center and the authors of Violence In Our Schools. lkspitals.
and Public I'laces endorse weapon-free school zones as
the number of gun-related incidents in schools has declined
annually. Many students and parents have expressed sup-
port for the policy, believing it has helped make school
an effective violence and crime prevention measure. A
buildings safer.
1994 federal court of appeals decision called into question
the ability of states and localities to enforce the law when
Contact Information
it declared Louisiana's law unconstitutional. Localities
should consult their state attorney general for advice on
implementing a policy inspired by the federal legislation.
Director, Police Services
San Diego Unified School District
4100 Normal Street
San Diego. California 92103-2682
Crime Reporting Hotline
Anonymous hotlines or similar services allow students to
report incidents of crime, weapons. or drug violations in
schools, thus reducing fear of retribution and preventing
additional incidents.
Crime Problem Addressed
Forty percent of 700 cities responding to a 1991 survey
by the National League of Cities reported that school violence had increased significantly over the past five years.
One of every four communities surveyed reported incidents resulting in serious injuries or death in the previous
year. Hotlines can be used to address any crime, disorder.
or disruptive behavior. They are particularly effective in
encouraging students to report incidents that threaten the
security of other students and school faculty The reputation of the reporting system as trUly anonymous greatly
enhances the likelihood that it will be used frequently
Key Components
School administrators develop the reporting system in cooperati(nl with the local law enk)rcement agency school
board, state education department. or area crime watch
group. 'I'he program is sometimes a supplement to a
school crime watch or community crime reporting prop-am. In many schools, the program is operated from an
office within the school and is staffed by security, law
enforcement, or school personnel. Callers anonymously report the presence of weapons or drugs, crimes they have
witnessed, or pending fights among students. Donations
and sonic school funds are used to support rewards for
reports. Rewards typically are between $25 and $100,
depending on the resources available to the program and
the information given in the report.
Key Partnerships
For the program to work well. the school must distribute
information on the program to students and staff and ensure that the program is viewed as part of a broad-based
effort to promote a crime- and drug-free school. Students,
local businesses, and community groups can be recruited
to design, fund, and help distribute educational materials
about crime and violence and drug abuse prevention and
to build awareness and acceptance of the anonymous reporting system. Neighborhood crime watch and reporting
groups can build support for the programs by buikling
relationships with school principals and helping them to
understand the role of anonymous reporting systems in
creating a safe school environment.
350 7ested Strategies to Prevent Crime
Potential Obstacles
The expense of establishing the reporting system can present a challenge for some school systems. Reporting systems need at least one phone line, or more if the school is
large or the system is heavily used. Training for school or
law enforcement personnel who staff the system and refer
calls about serious incidents to the police is an additional
required expense. Some school reporting systems are
connected to the area 911 service, creating a potential
impact on that system. Partnerships among school of ficials. law enforcement agencies, and administrators of the
911 system can help address such impacts.
prevention strategy The 1993 Southeastern Regional Vision for Education report. "Reducing School Violence: Hot
Ivies and Usable Research." recommends a school crime
reporting system as a means of protecting students and
staff and "enlisting support for preventing violence."
Applying the Strategy
Elementary middle, and high schools in Seattle and Tacoma, Washington. use posters describing the program to
promote participation of their successful school-based
crime, drug, and weapon reporting system: this practice
has helped to reduce 1.,,un- and drug-related incidents involving students.
Signs of Success
The National School Safety Center (NSSC), in its publication, "School Crisis Prevention and Response," recommends that school districts pursue an array of crime and
violence prevention strategies, including incentives or encouragements for students to report suspicious and criminal activity The NSSC states that such programs are an
important part of a comprehensive school-based violence
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Old Capitol Building
PO. Box 47200
Olympia, Washington 98504-7200
Student, Faculty, Staff, and Visitor ID Cards
Identification cards for students, faculty staff, and visitors
increase the visibility of individuals who do not belong in
the school building and make the facility safer for all who
use it.
Crime Problem Addressed
This strategy focuses on increasing the visibility of trespassers, intruders, and suspended or expelled students
through identification cards for students, staff, faculty, and
visitors. In the Met Life Insurance Company-sponsored
1994 survey, Violence in America's Schools: The Family
Perspective, nearly two-thirds of students polled said they
believed it would be easy for people who don't belong in
their school to enter the building. An identification card
system, particularly when combined with access control
procedures, deters individuals with no legitimate business
in the school from attempting to enter the building and
reduces opportunities for on-campus crimes, violence, and
drug dealing by unauthorized outsiders.
Key Components
Schools using identification cards issue them to students
and staff at the beginning (if the school year. Students,
faculty and staff are required to display valid identification
cards to enter the building. Usually color coded to differentiate between student classes, and between faculty and
staff, the cards are worn throughout the day by everyone
in the school building. The visitor II) card is usually larger
than any 0ler, making it noticeable and distinctive from
those worn by students and staff.
Visitors are issued temporary identification cards after
showing a driver's license and signing in as they enter the
building. Signs at the main entrances notify visitors that
identification is required to enter the school building. The
school district purchases, leases, or contracts with a ven-
dor company to provide the identification cards. Each
school using the identification system has a distinct card
to reduce the likelihood that students or staff could enter
without authorization.
Key partnerships
The superintendent and school board must authorize the
use of an identification card system and agree to expend
fin ids necessary to implement it. Parent organizations and
students should be consulted and informed about the role
identification cards are expected to play in the comprehensive security planning for school facilities. Extensive
communication with staff, parents, and students is necessary to ensure successful implementation of the policy
Potential Obstacles
Identification oirds can be expensive, particularly for a
large school district with many students. faculty and categories of staff. Administration of the system must be
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carefully maintained to ensure adequate accounting of students. staff, and faculty transferred into. within, or out of
the school system. In addition, some school districts have
difficulty staffing school entrances to check ID cards and
to sign in visitors. Many districts use staff or faculty to
check IDs: others obtain assistance from local law enforce-
Applying the Strategy
In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, each school's emblem is
displayed on a photo ID card worn by students, faculty,
and staff. As part of a security enhancement plan implemented in 1992. visitors and temporary maintenance work-
ment agencies or volunteer parents. In some school districts, the identification card doubles as the school lunch
account card. Combining the two systems on one card
reduces costs.
ers must check in and be escorted to their destination
Signs of Success
Since the comprehensive policy was implemented, the
number of unauthorized visitors and the number of guns
The Southeast Regional Vision for Education's 1993 re-
found on campuses have declined.
within the school. Costs assessed for lost cards help minimize replacement costs. Other security measures include
metal detectors, full-time presence of police officers in
school buildings, and closed campuses during lunch hours.
port, Reducing School Violence: Hot Mpies and Usable Re-
search, recommends students and staff ID cards as one of
many successful strategies for "keeping unauthorized persons off campus" and ensuring the safety and security of
students and staff.
According to a 1993 study by the National School
Boards Association, 32 percent of all school districts surveyed reported successful use of student and staff photo
ID card systems. The rate of use was 41 percent in urban
school systems. The report highlights seven districts in
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Public Services Department
Oklahoma City Public Schools
900 North Klein Avenue
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73106
six states that use the systems with success.
Reduced Nighttime Lighting of School Buildings
School authorities turn off interior and exterior lights at
school buildings at night to reduce opportunities for vandalism and other crimes to occur during those hours. Busi-
nesses and neigf.borhood residents call the police to report lights on during those hours.
Crime Problem Addressed
This strategy addresses acts of nighttime burglary and
after-hours vandalism, including graffiti, by turning off interior and exterior lights that can illuminate building sur-
faces and entrances and make visible school equipment
desired by burglars.
Key Components
The "lights out," or total darkness strategy is based on
the belief that darkness reduces the attractiveness of the
school as a target for criminals, including graffiti taggers
and burglars. In addition to turning off the interior and
exterior lights at the school, the school publicizes the program with area resident s and businesses, asking them to
report to police ;my lights they see at night. Police wlm
patrol the area know to investigate activity at the school
if they notice lights. Security experts and psychologists
have theorized that vandals who cannot view the destruction they have caused are less inclined to commit the act.
Key Partnerships
School boards and school superintendents must approve a
"lights out" policy School officials must train faculty and
staff to turn off all interior and exterior lights at the conclusion of scheduled activities on campus. Neighbors must
be educated on how to report lights at the building during
late-night hours. Similarly, police officers must be briefed
on the policy so that they will understand that lights visible
during late-night hours signals that criminal activity may
be occurring and should be investigated.
Potential Obstacles
The main obstacle is the perception among most people
that enhanced lighting increases security While that is
true for public areas in use and buildings where entrances
are used during nighttime hours, school buildings not in
use during late-night hours do not need to be illuminated.
The evidence indicates that it is appropriate to look at
reduced lighting as a security enhancement in such situations as schools during off hours.
350 Tested Strategies to Prevent Crime
Signs of Success
Applying the Strategy
The San Diego Unified School District has used a lights-
In his 1981 book, Effective Strategies fiir School Securitj:
out policy since 1974 with a great deal of success. A
the director of security for the Prince Georges County.
Maryland. school system advocates the lights-out policy
National School Safety Center publication quoted the district's school police chief: "In addition to reducing crime,
having total darkness after hours has saved the District
and details how the policy has been implemented successfully in his county since the late 1970s.
over $2 million in utility bills. It was a radical move because
we had been brainwashed . . for years that the more
lights, the less crime. 'lb the contrary I think lights help
a burglar to see where the equipment is. We've told the
community, 'if you see a light come on. call the police'. . . . A dark and silent school is effective against
property crime."
Contact Information
Director, Police Department
San Diego Unified School District
4100 Normal Street
San Diego, California 92103-2682
Volunteer School Security Patrols
Potential Obstacles
Parent volunteers provide additional supervision and basic
The primary obstacle to the strategy is likely to be resistance from school administrators and staff to the idea of
using volunteers as security help. School staff may be
reluctant to take on the responsibility of supervising and
training the volunteers. Additionally school districts are
concerned about liability issues associated with injuries to
volunteers caught in violent confrontations or trying to
stop tights. Many schools resolve this issue by putting
parents or other volunteers on the school payroll at a level
of compensation that ensures coverage by workers compensation and other insurance maintained by the school
security assistance in schools, helping to prevent crime
and keep the building safe for students. faculty and staff.
Crime Problem Addressed
The focus of the strategy is to assist in creating a school
environment in which disciplinary problems, disruptive be-
havior, violence, and criminal activity are seriously curtailed by enhancing the supervision of students through
use of volunteer security patrols.
Key Components
Volunteer security assistants at schools can include parents of students, retired residents of the area, or others
from the community who have time to devote during
school hours. Usually, parent volunteers supervise youths
in the hallways, cafeterias, and on school playgrounds and
ball courts. Certain schools also use the volunteers as
security help at social, extracurricular, and sporting
events. Some schools pay parents or other adults a small
stipend. but most of these patrols are volunteers. Most
volunteer patrols wear distinctive clothing to make them
visible to students who may need help and to signal to
outsiders that the students are closely supervised.
Key Partnerships
Sclutol administrators should %%lurk with parent and teacher
organizations, school security personnel, and students to
plan the roles and responsibilities of volunteers as supplemental security staff and how the volunteers will respond
to criminal or delinquent incidents on campus.
Signs of Success
Only 13 percent of schools surveyed currently utilize the
services of vt tlunteer security patrols. The National School
Board Asst ,ciation advocates and profiles successful vol-
unteer patrol programs in a number of school districts
throughout the country in its 1993 publication, Violence in
the Schools: I-low America's School Boards Are Sategwird-
ing }bur Children.
Parent security patrols and related programs are also
advocated in Staying Sine at School, a guide for teachers
written by Dr. Chester Quarles, professor an lirector of
the criminal justice program at the University of Mississippi. In one such program. in Oxford. Mississippi, moth-
ers of students patrol the hallways to ensure that only
authorized visitors may enter the school buikling.
Applying the Strategy
In the suburban Chicago community of Matteson. Illinois,
the Woodgate Fathers organization has become a vital
Sati, and AtInatee Public Places
resource for the local elementary and secondary schools,
supplementing school security staff and modeling for students and other adults a commitment to the school and the
community through organization of special events for
youths. The group publicizes and promotes its activities
within the community using brochures and community
meetings to recruit other adult members and to gain the
cooperation and involvement of students. The group has
also created a youth advisory committee to explore ways
to enhance communication between parents and youths in
the area.
Dads on Patrol has operated in Houston, Texas, schools
for many years. In Cornwall, New York, parents are paid
to patrol hallways and supplement security staff.
Contact Information
Elementary School District 159
6131 Allemong Drive
Matteson. Illinois 60443
Phones in Classrooms
Potential Obstacles
Schools that equip each classroom with a telephone for
School administrators may be reluctant to admit that the
security issues in their school ate serious enough to warrant installation of phones in classrooms, or they may be
concerned about costs. In schools with very serious security issues, phones may become a vital component of a
use by teachers in a medical, disciplinary, or crime-related
emergency provide both teachers and students with a
means to get help.
Crime Problem Addressed
The strategy helps to improve a teacher's ability to get
rapid response to crime, drug, medical, and disciplinerelated emergencies in classrooms, on playgrounds, or in
cafeterias. The situations of concern include student intimidation or threats to peers or teachers, severe discipline
problems, or incidents witnessed from the classroom.
strategy that demonstrates to students and faculty that
the district wishes to ensure rapid response in the case
of emergencies.
Signs of Success
Twenty-two percent of school districts surveyed in 1993
by the National School Boards Association reported safety
benefits from using phones in classrooms. Security con-
Key Components
sultant Peter Blauvelt and his coauthor advocated on behalf
The school system provides each classroom and major
of phones in classrooms in their 1978 book, Controlling
Crime in the School. The 1989 National Education Asso-
activity area in the school with an emergency phone
through which teachers can request assistance from
school officials or police. The phone, portable radio, or
intercom system also allows teachers to report suspicious
or dangerous activity occurring in the hallwa, in the parking lot, or in nearby classrooms. The rapid reporting increases the likelihood that a perpetrator will be caught
and that security staff or police will be able to avert escalation of violent confrontations.
Key Partnerships
In most settings. phone systems are funded fully by the
school district. In some cases, community organizations.
parent-teacher group, and teachers unions have supported initial costs of installing such systems. School districts will need to establish a relationship with local law
enforcement agencies to obtain training fOr teachers in the
appropriate use of the emergency phones.
ciation-sponsored book, School l'iolence: .4 Survival Guide
fin- School Staff also advocates phones in classrooms as
part of a comprehensive school security program.
Applying the Strategy
School staff and students in Oneida County New York.
report that they feel much more secure since phones were
installed in each middle school and high school classroom.
Response in cases of medical and disciplinary crises is
now almost immediate. The Liberty Central School District in New York created an in-house 911 phone system
to respond to similar situations. All schools in Monroe
County, Kentucky now have telephones in each classroom.
Contact Information
National School Boards Associaticin
1680 Duke Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22:114
350 lested Strategies to Prevent Crime
Crisis Planning
designing the crisis management policy, determining train-
Comprehensive crisis management policies prepare school
ing needs of staff who will use it, and setting guidelines
for prevention, intervention, and post-crisis action.
administrators and staff to respond appropriately to violence, criminal acts on campus, and natural emergencies.
The policies cover response after the fact but also include
prevention and intervention actions that should be taken
by staff.
Crime Problem Addressed
The strategy addresses not only a school's preparedness
to deal with natural disasters but also the disruption and
chaos that can follow gang-related or other violent incidents, serious accidents, or suicides involving students.
The crisis response plan can help avert escalation of vio-
Potential Obstacles
Because some school boards do not believe that violence
or crime-reiated crises will affect their districts, they may
not emphasize crisis management planning for such inci-
dents or they may be less than willing to develop such
policies. Parent groups and teachers can convince reluctant administrators to pursue crisis management planning
by reminding them that, while occurrences requiring use
of the policy may be rare, rapid and effective response is
as vital as in any natural disaster or emergency
lent incidents by ensuring that administrators address
school security issues and the need for law enforcement
Signs of Success
or medical assistance in a rapid and efficient manner.
School security expert Bob Nations highlights the impor-
tance of preparation for crisis response by local school
Key Components
Development of crisis policies covers three phases: Orga-
nization of a crisis management team: establishment of
plans of action for the team during specific kinds of emergencies: and training for crisis teams. faculty, and students
in how to respond in case of emergencies, including violent
incidents, on campus. The policies cover such issues as
the protocol for reporting incidents, designating safe places
on campus, handling groups of students and providing for
their safety and notifying parents and others in the community as the situation warrants. Most schools have wellunderstood policies for responses to such natural disasters
as tornadoes or floods. However, many schools do not have
policies that specify the roles and responsibilities of staff
and faculty in case of student abduction, gang violence,
shooting incidents at the school, or large-scale fights
among students. Such policies help ensure that faculty
staff, and students know how to report an incident and can
locate safe places on campus or outside the building, and
that school administrators and staff can mobilize the ap-
propriate law enforcement and medical assistance. The
policies may also include provisions for counseling students
and staff following violent incidents or deaths of students
or staff. For the policy to be effective, all staff and students
must be educated and trained in it. In addition, parents
and others in the community must be aware of the policy
and how they can contact the school in case of emergencies.
Key Partnerships
The school board, principak, teachers, parents, sclu)ol
staff, and student representatives should all play a role in
districts. In Comprehensive Crisis Management Planning,
he asserts that schools should set up specific and wellpublicized policies regarding response to serious disruptions and crisis situations at school buildings (including
those related to violent incidents). He further states that
schools should develop a "crisis action team" including the
principal, counselors, health professionals, teachers, and
representatives from local law enforcement and mental
health agencies with specific responsibilities for prevention. intervention, post-incident follow-up, or enlergency
response to the crisis.
Basing their advice on research and information from
successful local experiences. Eugene I). Wheeler and Dr.
Anthony Baron outline detailed action steps for schools
considering crisis management planning in their 1994
book, Violence in Our Schools, Hospitals and Public
Places: A Prevention and Management Guide.
Applying the Strategy
The Dallas, lexas, Independent School District developed
an extensive crisis management planning mechanism in
1987 Initially a suicide prevention and intervention program, the program expanded to include response tagangrelated violence among students and assaults on teachers.
By 1992, the district had developed a crisis management
emergency handbook for principals and a resource manual
for post-crisis services available to schools throughout the
district. The district-wide plan incorporates school-based
violence prevention plans developed by school administrators, parents, and teachers. Basic security procedures are
addressed in the plan, along with directions for establishing crisis management communications systems and using
SO and Alowetive Public Places
parent liaisons to update the community. Since then, the
district has surveyed schools to determine how well the
plans fared during crisis drills. The majority of the schools
that responded reported the plans helped them to organize
a more effective response for use in real emergencies.
Contact Information
Crisis Specialist
Psycho logicaPSocial Services
Dallas Public Schools
12532 Nuestra Drive
Dallas, Texas 75230
School Resource Officers
Security or police presence at schools helps to reduce
opportunities for unwitnessed crimes. The presence of
school resource police or security officers reduces fear of
crime and violence among students, faculty and staff.
Crime Problem Addressed
School resource officers address the gamut of crime and
drug activity that occur in schools. Properly trained and
integrated into the school administration, these officers
can be viewed as an asset and resource to the school and
not simply a disciplinary force to "catch" student criminals
and delinquents.
Key Components
Security officers, police officers (often youth or gang spe-
cialists), and school counselors trained in security are
assigned to patrol school buildings during school hours, to
develop positive relationships with students and staff, to
recogmize and respond to security threats on campus. and
to deter crime through their visible presence in the school
and at school-sponsored activities. The officers may also
sponsor or lead specific educational (drug prevention, conflict management) or recreational activities on campus as
a means of building positive relationships with students.
Some schools have established rnentoring programs, pairing school resource officers with students who have discipline problems.
Key Partnerships
Administrators, teachers, and staff usually encourage the
presence of law enforcement officers or security personnel
in a school, believing that their presence helps protect all
who use the building from crime and violence. Parents
aware of the program usually support it fully and can he
powerful advocates for funding to cover the costs of assigning law enforcement personnel to the schmil.
Potential Obstacles
Administrators in some school districts do not want security personnel or police officers in their school, fearing
that the school atmosphere will appear less open and more
concerned about crime. Many districts have difficulty find-
ing funds to support assignment of law enforcement personnel and may be concerned that security funds divert
funding from educational programs. Supplemental funds
from the school district or law enforcement agency can
remedy this situation. In addition, some principals may be
reluctant to turn over sonie element of disciplinary control,
even to trained police officers. Partnerships among school
officials and police in planning the roles and responsibilities
of officers can help address such concerns.
Signs of Success
The National Association of School Resource Officers advocates placement of law enforcement officials in schools
on a full-time basis to supplement security and prevention
education provided by school staff. The association notes
that this approach has been successful in thousands of
communities across the country helping to reduce violence, improving law enforcement-school relations, and en-
hancing positive images of law enforcement among students and staff. The association offers advice as well as
pertinent publications and other materials to schools looking to establish such programs.
Applying the Strategy
The Arlington, "Ii,xas. comprehensive crime and violence
prevention plan, developed in 1993, called for 10 additional
school resource officers for the city's schools. The officers
have been hired and assigned, further enhancing security
at the schools and fostering positive partnerships among
officers, students, and school staff. The Montgomery Alabama. Public School District now assigns security offi-
cers to every high school and junior high school in the
area. In the Phoenix, Arizona. School District, two police
officers are assigned to each of several high schools. I )ur-
ing the summer months, the officers are reassigned to
gang prevention programs.
Contact Information
National Association of School Resource Officers
4222 Old Dominion Road
Orlando, FL 32812
4? 1 iJ
350 Psted Strategies to Prevent Crime
Staff Training
of these rules establishes the standard of behavior in the
school and helps protect students, teachers, and staff.
Crime and violence prevention training buikls the abilities
of school personnel to prevent and respond to incidents in
the school.
Key Partnerships
Teachers, administrators, and other school staff should
plan training as a group so that sessions address the concerns of all school personnel and the skills they need to
protect themselves and students.
Crime Problem Addressed
On-campus crime is now a fact of life in many schools.
Fifty-five percent of students surveyed in 1994 said they
had been the victim of a tight or threat during the previous
school year. The National School Boards Association call
this "the epidemic of violence in the school." Schools are
also more likely to be burglarized than nearby businesses.
Potential Obstacles
Schools whose budgets are strained by diminished resources may find it difficult to identify funds to support
training. School administrators can argtie for training re-
Many school districts across the country spend more
sources if they can compare the investment in training
with what the school system spends on responses to
money to repair the effects of vandalism then they do on
the cost of new textbooks. This strategy aims to provide
teachers, adm:nistrators, and staff the training and skills
to prevent and address on-campus crime.
crime and violence.
Signs of Success
Key Components
The University of Virginia's Muth Violence Project began
in the spring of 1993. Representatives from youth agencies. law enforcement, schools, parents, elected officials,
Researchers Patricia Larke of the Texas A&M University
and Norvella Carter of Illinois State University sumnliifized strategies proven effective when implemented by
trained teachers in "School Violence: l'reparing In-Service
Teachers." They note that teachers should be trained in
and business leaders developed a pilot program to help
teachers deal with violence in the schools. The Virginia
Youth Violence Project uses problem-solving training in
psychology. sociology, criminal justice, and public policy to
the following skills:
help teachers understand factors that contribute to N'outh
violence. The university receives assistance on the project
from the FBI's Behavioral Sciences Service Unit and National Academy. By 1995, several hundred teachers and
administrators had been trained, and many had created
strategy teams to implement projects in their schools. The
state's model was recognized by the Governor's Commission on Violent Crime and is under consideration for replication by other states.
improving the seltool climate through after-school activities:
non-conflict mediation:
recognizing the impact of social influences such as
poverty and racism on student behaykir:
promoting empathy among students for the concerns
of others:
Applying the Strategy
helping students control impulses to react violently
The schools of education in Mississippi have all recognized
the sudden spiral of youth violence and disorderly behavior
at school. The Continuing Education Division of the University of Mississippi has sponsored school violence prevention workshops for school staff since 1992. The Edu-
when challenged:
teaching students problem-solving skills:
cational Leadership Academy of Mississippi State
communicating with parents to get them to reinforce
lessons from the classroom:
sponsors a three-day school crime prevention seminar.
The Education Service Center of the University of South-
ern Mississippi has sponsored a four-day school crime
building self-esteem in students through praise an(l
recognition: and
prevention and control seminar since 1990.
using and teaching students 0) use rem mrces in the
community to address their needs.
Contact Information
Successful training programs for school staff also include training in implementation and enforcement of school
thsciplinary and security procethires. Uniform application
Project Director
Tniversity of Viri and
Youth Viok.nce Project
418 Pembroke Four
Virginia Beach. Virginia 23462
o r)
Sale and Attractive Public Places
dent patrols and apartment watch groups supports other
Cooperation among housing authority administrators, residents, and police results in identification and eviction of
drug pushers from within the community
Potential Obstacles
Crime Problem Addressed
The focus of this program is to reduce the sale of drugs
by arresting drug traffickers, evicting them, and rearresting them as trespassers should they return. Reducing drug
sales also reduces robbery prostitution, burglary and
auto theft. Fear of crime among residents declines as drug
dealing and related crime go down.
residents by diminishing the vulnerability and visibility of
individuals who assist the effort.
Local courts have interpreted public housing as the "housing of last resort" for some low-income residents. Courts
with this view resist evictions as an enforcement tool.
Looking at the rights of the individual resident, magistrates often hesitate to evict residents who are clearly
violating the law
Signs of Success
Key Components
Carl Harass, in "How to Evict Drug Dealers from Public
Housing," outlines management techniques and partner-
The strategy recopizes that some drug-pushing criminals make their living within public housing complexes.
Many of these criminals are trespassers. intruders, or
illegal (not authorized on the lease, whether they reside
ships that have proven successful in protecting law-abiding
residents. The article highlights successful eviction initi-
there or not). Wick ling Drug Problems in Public Housing.
a report on the Chicago Housing Authority demonstrated
that 80 percent of crimes in the city during 1990 occurred
Applying the Strategy
on housing authority property Public housing residents
the assistance of U.S. marshals. Armed with court orders, the marshals arrested drug pushers, seized their
leases, and caused their eviction. This was the first time
often live in fear of gang activity and drug dealing.
In this strategy, the property management and police
enforce lease provisions that hold tenants responsible for
the behavior of residents and guests in that unit. In cases
involving multiple family members in one home. implemen-
tation of the strategy may focus on one person living in
the unit, such as an adult child of the leaseholder. A parent
who allows the child back on the premises loses the lease.
Use of eviction policies reinforces the value that all
residents have the rii;lit to live peacefully Those who
choose not to live by acceptable standards must leave.
since residence in public housing is a privilege and not a
right. It also reinforces accountability with families.
In April 1989, the U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development (HU)).published a policy that leases
on HUD-controlled properties must include a provision
allowing eviction of "any member of the Is fuselu Ad, or
person under the tenant's control" who engages in drugrelated behavior If illegal drugs are filund in the apartment. the leaseholder is in violatiOn Of this policy and may
be evicted.
Key Partnerships
Key partners include public housing management, residents, resident initiative groups, and law enforcement.
Property managers provide residents with opportunities
to report or otherwise help identify po)blem tenants tvho
deal drugs or cc mmit other crimes. It lembership in resi-
atives pursued by HUD-supported authorities.
In 1988, the New York City Housing Authority requested
civil procedures of the federal drug laws had been used to
seize federally subsidized public housing leases. This
weapon can be used in other jurisdictions where local
efforts have failed.
'lb ensure cooperation in Atlanta, Georgia. the housing
authority has a permanently assigned detective serving as
a staff liaison between the authority and the police department. The officer spends a lot of time working in lease
enforcement. Ilis presence also allows housing authority
administrators access to arrest data. The arrest of a public
housing tenant in Atlanta requires eviction. The arrest is
considered proof the lease was violated.
In Mobile, Alabama. Sergeant Jack Dove of the Public
Housing Interdiction Through Community Policing Program estimates that he spends approximately 60 percent
of his time on screening and eviction matters. His efforts
have resulted in the eviction of in we than 90 crime-involved residents over an 18-month period.
Contact Information
Director of Office of Resident Services
Atlanta I lousing Audi( wit y
709 Peachtree 'Street. N. E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30:365
350 Ti'sted Strategies to Prevent C fime
Enforcement of Trespass Law
Identification of nonresident trespassers and criminals who
live on housing authority property helps police and property management determine which individuals should be
removed from the premises.
Crime Problem Addressed
Crime problems on public housing property include unlawful drug sales, prostitution. sale and distribution of stolen
merchandise, gang participation, and vandalism. Property
managers and security attempt to separate those who
have a right to be there from trespassers and intruders.
An estimated 70 to 90 percent of those arrested in
public housing communities are intruders or trespassers.
not residents. The policy is most effective in communities
where access to the property is controlled by security and
design of traffic patterns and fencing. 'frespassing rules
are difficult to enforce in an open or open-access community.
Key Components
munities, for instance, will support programs which help
protect children and youth who live there.
Key Partnerships
Partners include public housing management and security,
residents, resident groups, and law enforcement.
Potential Obstacles
In many instances 24-hour contractual or proprietary security officers will be needed to control vehicular and in-
dividual access points. Housing authorities will be required to make the necessary financial commitment to
fund this security emphasis.
Signs of Success
Tackling Drug Problems in Public Housing: A Guide fOr
Police reviews how legitimate visitors can register at en-
trance gates with security officers for visitor passes.
Trespass prevention programs have been successfully
conducted in Denison. 'texas; Greensboro. Georgia:
Clearwater. Florida; and Dmpa. Florida.
Nonresidents are approached to ascertain if they have
been invited to a particular residence. Intruders and trespassers are asked to leave by housing authority police
Applying the Strategy
officers, contractual security officers, or public police officers. Those who do not leave voluntarily and those who
communities administered by the Oakland, California.
Recent HUD-sponsored security reviews of public housing
continue to trespass are arrested. Housing authorities
with vehicular or pedestrian access control and security
Housing Authority: the Dcoma, Washington, Housing Authority the Tampa, Florida: Baltimore, Maryland: apd At-
officers turn away uninvited nonresidents at the point of
forcement strategies. Each community was able to identify
One way to assist in the enforcement of trespassing
laws is to create a "resident pass" and identification program for the authorized tenants who are formally recognized and accepted on the lease agreement.
Restricted access to the community a neighborhood
crime watch, or similar people-empowerment programs
enhance the success of the strategy In sonic communities
this program is restricted to specific hours. Many coin-
lanta. Georgia, authorities recommended trespass enand deter trespassers who had or were likely to commit
crime on the property
Contact Information
Commander. l'ublic I lousing Section
Chicago Police Department
1121 South State Street
Chicago, Illinois 60605
Closed Circuit TV Cameras: Electronic Surveillance of Public Space
Crime Problem Addressed
Rlice and security officers. with the approval of housing
authority administrators. purchase and install closed circuit television (CCTV I units kw areas commonly used by
drug traffickers and (der criminals.
The focus of this program is to reduce the sale of drugs
by increasing surveillance, both visual and electronic. The
videotape record of the sale can be used as evidence to
obtain conviction in court. When the word gets around
Sati' and Attractive Public Places
that both drug traffickers and customers are being apprehended, the drug sale problem in the community will diminish.
Potential Obstacles
While CCTVs are inexpensive, the outside covers, elec-
tronic bases, and the installation procedures are not.
Key Components
Also, an employee must monitor these devices at appro-
Many drug pushers make their living on public housing
properties. Because of the expense of intensive police
patrols and undercover operations, many cities feel unable
ment, as electronic equipment breaks down and has to be
priate hours, so there is a constant security personnel
expense. There is also a constant maintenance requirerepaired. The equipment is normally monitored at the
to offer full-service police operations to public housing. In
fact, some cities justify this refusal economically because
few housing authorities contribute directly to the tax base
of the jurisdiction. Police authorities are, however, willing
times crimes are most likely to be conimitted. The officers
monitoring the equipment usually turn the recording devices on when it appears that a crime is being committed,
is about to be committed, or just has been committed.
to prosecute ideal cases that are presented.
An exterior or interior CCTV operation with protective
casing, heater, and dehumidifier offers an ideal way to
Signs of Success
assist police in curtailing drug activity These cameras can
be "fixed" or immovable, looking constantly at a single
location, or they can be equipped with an electronic base
that can be manually manipulated by a security officer at
a separate location. In some cases the equipment is set
up to move constantly increasing the view of the officers
monitoring the equipment.
The outside equipment is installed at appropriate locations where a low-light camera can scan the participants
involved in any criminal activity. In large public housing
administrations, this equipment can be moved, as appro-
"Crime, Drugs and Subsidized Housing," by I),I3. Bryson
and R. L. Youmans, lists CCTV as one of several successful tactics for improving security.
Applying the Strategy
The monograph Architectural Design for Crime Precention
describes the successful use of CCTV at the Bronxdale
Houses Apartment Complex of the New York City Housing
Authority Used primarily in lobbies and hallways, this
equipment was also used outside to help identify drugdealing suspects on the property
priate, to minimize the expense of purchasing multiple
Contact Information
Key Partnerships
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Public housing management, HUD grant makers, residents, resident initiative groups, and police authorities
enable the purchase and proper installation of this equip-
New York Regional Office
26 Federal Plaza
New York, New York 10278-0068
Resident Initiatives and Empowerment Programs
development. must help "clean up- (take out the trash),
Housing authority administrators give logistical aid to resident initiative groups seeking ways to develop a safer and
more secure community
Crime Problem Addressed
involving those whose activities are a threat to all citizens.
They must help develop initiatives to cause the arrest of
trespassers and the eviction of deviating tenants. Those
who want safety must keep the tire code by cleaning up
and disposing of flammable (ebris.
The whole gamut of street crimes is addressed through
Key Partnerships
this initiative.
Public housing managers, residents, resident initiative
groups, HUI), police officers, and crime prevention spe-
Key Components
cialists at all levels are the key partners.
Basically it is a residential security appo )ach that encourages residents to understand that if they want a safe ('om-
munity they must help obtain it. Safety isn't the police
officer's or firefighter's responsibility Those who want
security for their children and all the residents in their
Potential Obstacles
The most formidable obstacle is the attitude of tenants.
Fear, concern, ignorance, and the hesitancy to get involved
are aspects of the problem. Many residents think that
350 7i'sted Strategies t(1 Prevent Crime
of these were in public housing, the fear for all children
resulted in the creation of Residents in Force for Freedom
(RIFF) at the "Ilicoma Housing Authority These public
housing residents simply insisted that there were ways to
"whatever the effort, it won't make any difference. Nothing
we do can help."
Signs of Success
The Chicago Housing Authority developed the nationally
acclaimed Clean Sweep operation. While this approach
was comprehensive and involved changes in public housing
authority policy and the use of public police officers and
detectives, it was still created at the insistence of a group
of residents living in public housing.
Applying the Strategy
In Thcoma. Washington. there were 85 drive-by shootings
during the first six months of 1991. While only a portion
deal with the moral decay and public violence.
Contact Information
Special Projects Coordinator
Leasing Department
Tacoma Housing Authority
902 South L Street
Tacoma. Washington 98405
Undercover Street-Level Drug Purchases
Potential Obstacles
!lousing authority administrators, with the endorsements
of residents, resident initiative groups, and police and or
security authoritlei, seek the infusion of funds to assist
in undercover purchases of illegal narcotics.
One potential obstacle for this strategy is the public housing management group that has had difficulty dealing with
local law enforcement agencies. Cooperation from resi-
dents can be difficult to obtain in areas where they feel
intimidated about assisting police or property managers.
Crime Problem Addressed
The focus of this program is to assist police authorities in
making undercover narcotic purchases. These purchases
can result in buy,bust operations in which the perpetrator
is immediately arrested at the time of the sale. In some
investigations, long-term surveillance and additional undercover buys may be completed in order to get retail drug
sales personnel, suppliers, and those who smuggle or
manufacture street drugs.
Key Components
Police drug enforcement units make undercover buys and
arrest drug pushers. Grants come from HUI) and state
or local duthorities dealing with deterrence, arrests. evictions, and abuser treatment programs. Money transferred
to the police department, earmarked for use against drug
dealers selling in local developments, will normally be used
well, used appropriately and appreciated.
Signs of Success
The Tacoma. Washington. Police Department received
HUD monies from its housing authority to establish SET
(Special Emphasis (Police! 'teams). The Tacoma Police
Department increased police patrol operations. used the
HUD financing for undercover buys. and arrested several
major drug dealers and gang members trafficking in drugs.
Residents agree that the housing authority development is
a safer neighborhood today
Applying the Strategy
The Oakland Housing Authority cooperated with the Oakland street drug unit. Many arrests, convictions. and evictions resulted.
Contact Information
Director of Housing Management
Oakland Housing Authority
1619 I larrison Street
Key Partnerships
Public Housing management. residents, resident initiative
groups, HUI) funding programs, and law enforcement officials will all be involved in this program.
Oakland. Ca lifin-nia 91612
Sufi' awl Attractire Public Places
Access Control
Key Partnerships
Housing authority administrators, in cooperation with res-
Resident councils often ask police or property management
to implement a version of this strategy City engineers and
policymakers become involved in approving altered traffic
idents and city or county officials, agree to limit casual
access into public housing. A permanent guard post and
altered secondary access points assist with this strategy
Crime Problem Addressed
The strategy addresses all types of crime, as it deters
criminals w-o
h would come onto the property of a public
housing community to engage in illegal activity, including
violent gang activity drug dealing, theft, and other crimes.
Key Components
All security devices and techniques are designed with the
following aims:
flow, blocking and fencing certain streets. and placing
guard houses adjacent to public thoroughfares.
Potential Obstacles
Some housing authorities do not control or maintain the
streets within the facility Blocking a street, fencing a
street, and otherwise altering a neighborhood traffic flow
must be approved by city or metro officials. This request
may also be challenged by non-residents who live near the
properties and would be inconvenienced by the proposed
changes. Also, police, fire, and other emergency services
will need access.
Deter criminals from attacking.
Signs of Success
Detect them if they do attack, so that a police (or
Access control through a kiosk or other checkpoint or
barrier was part of the foundation of the redesign of the
Clason Point development in the South Bronx section of
other) response may be initiated.
Delay them so. that they can be apprehended before
New York City Completed in 1972, the variety of redesign
achieving their objective.
techniques were based on creating what researcher and
expert Oscar Newman termed "defensible space." In ad-
Deny them access to particular targets (UndersIanding
Crime Prev('ntion, 1986).
dition to lighting changes and delineation of formerly public
These measures are accomplished by physical security
and procedural security activities. The physical security
includes gates, fences, roadblocks, and guard posts. Procedural security is accomplished by the work habits of the
pard at the gate. Procedural security will require that
legitimate guests to the properties be allowed access, but
trespassers, intruders, or troublemakers be denied access.
Properly staffed, guard posts (also called kiosks) will
screen all pedestrians and vehicles as they enter the hous-
ing complex. Resident pedestrians, both children and
adult, will be issued housing authority identification cards.
Authorized vehicles will be issued housing authority-approved parking perm;ts.
Those attempting to enter the area without housing
authority identifiers will be stopped. If a driver says "I'm
here to visit Mrs. Jones in Buikling 310, Apartment 2-B,"
then the guard will telephone Mrs. Jones for permission.
Persons identified as gang members. tnaiblemakers, or
drug traffickers are denied access.
Physical access control and checkpoints are used to
screen undesirable visitors. Walls, fences, and gates, as
well as the pard post, can prevent most trespassers from
space as private space for specific units, the project controlled access to the development through installation of
fencing to enclose the area behind each block. Following
these changes, crime decreased by more than 50 percent.
According to an article on the project by FIUD Secretary
Cisneros, "Defensible Space: Deterring Crime and Building Community." the percentage of tenants who felt they
had the right to challenge the presence of strangers on the
property nearly doubled.
Applying the Strategy
In "l'acoma, Washington. the amount of space required of
a garbage truck to turn around and make a U-turn was
considered a major determinant in deciding which streets
could be modified for one-directional traffic and which
could be blocked from thoroughfare access.
In Oakland, California, a consultant recommended an
electronic gate system that could be opened by an access
card. Emergency personnel could use this gate. One alternative to traditional permanent fencing in areas where
police want to discourage auto traffic k flexible "knockdown" vehicle barriers made of plastic and rubber (The
Winnable Wu; 1991).
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350 Tested Strategies to Prevent Cri»te
Contact Information
Director of Housing Management
Oakland Housing Authority
1619 Harrison Street
Oakland, California 94612
Pay Telephone Incoming Call Elimination
Potential Obstacles
Housing authority administrators, residents, and resident
initiative groups petition local phone companies to alter
public pay phones so they cannot receive incoming calls.
In some cities. only seven-digit numbers can be called. A
drug pusher with a beeper cannot be contacted because
beepers require at least nine and sometimes 11 numbers.
There may be some resistance to the curtailing of ser-
Crime Problem Addressed
This focus reduces the sale of drugs from public areas and
restricts the casual calling of wholesalers for resupply in
the streets.
vices, both from within the community and from the phone
company However, this practice is imperative if local
crime prevention efforts are to be effective.
Signs of Success
The Winnable Wir: .4 Community Guide to Eradicating
Street Drug Markets by Roger Conner and Patrick Burns
of the American Alliance for Rights and Responsibility
advocates removal or alteration of public telephones from
areas frequented by dealers and buyers. The strategy is
noted as one of the techniques successfully applied by
Key Components
communities throughout the country
This tactic recognizes that drug dealers need to conimunicate with their customers and their wholesalers. Home
and office phones are often avoided because of the fear of
discovery by parents or employers. Also, a phone tap on
a public phone is more difficult to obtain. A violator using
it could more easily claim that a particular call was made
to someone else or deny making that call.
Applying the Strategy
Key Partnerships
cessfully in Tacoma. Washington.
Cooperation is required from public housing management.
residents, resident initiative groups, law enforcement authorities. and phone company policymakers.
Contact Information
In San Diego, so many drug dealers were clustered around
the public telephones on certain corners that residents
were unable to use them. The San Diego Police Department pursued an initiative to have the phones dedicated
only to outgoing calls, preventing drug dealers from receiving orders by phone. This tactic was also used suc-
American Alliance for Rights and Responsibilities
1725 K Street, NW Suite 1112
Washington, DC 20006
Voluntary Resident Patrols
Crime Problem Addressed
Public Iv iusing administrators work with concerned residents, both adult and juvenile, to provide training and logistics for a voluntary neighborhood patrol.
The volunteer patrol concept tends to inhibit almost all
larcenies, burglaries, and premise robberies. Also. pres-
sures are directed toward loiterers. trespassers. dnig
SO and Altradire Public Places
pushers. and troublemaking nonresidents. The voluntary
patrols also tend to reduce the fear of all crime for housing
residents and their neighbors.
Key Components
In working to eliminate drug and prostitution markets from
the street, patrols often use informational tactics against
potential users and clients. They distribute brochures
about their group and seek interviews with the media.
This increased visibility virtually guarantees a more significant presence in their neighborhood. In working with
police officers, some tenant patrols use video cameras.
They pan the streets periodically. taking down the license
tag nunthers of persons in the drugisex zones. After police
assist in getting the addresses of the owners of the vehicles, a post card is forwarded to the owners.
In most communities, the patrols are fully staffed by
volunteers. }}sually the housing authority furnishes jack-
ets, flashlights, and perhaps handcuffs. In other situations, unarmed officers are actually employed by the housing authorit
Key Partnerships
Public housing management, residents, resident initiative
groups, and law enforcement authorities are key partners.
In some cases, housing authority proprietary or contrac-
cates that violence by drug dealers against citizen patrols
is rare. Milunteer groups should insist that all members
work together in unit patrols and not go off on their own.
Volunteer applicants who have aggressive or combative
attitudes should be screened from these groups.
Signs of Success
Resident patrol members in New York City's public housing
communities work to reduce vandalism, loitering, and
more serious crime. They report loiterers and suspicious
parties in hallways, lobbies, and elevators. The patrols
have also included youth who serve as escorts to seniors
traveling through the community As of 1994. more than
15,000 resident volunteers participate. The housing authority reports that buildings with active patrols experience fewer crimes, including vandalism, and have increased social cohesion among residents.
Applying the Strategy
Saginaw Michigan's resident patrol in public housing uses
-ained residents to assist police in identifying intruders
and trespassers through portable radios and monitoring of
the surveillance equipment stationed throughout the development.
tual security organizations may also participate in this
Contact Information
Saginaw Police Department
612 Federal Street
Saginaw, Michigan 48607
Potential Obstacles
On occasion the police resist voluntary efforts. Some police administrators see these volunteers as vigilantes and
not responsible citizens. Citing the fear of a volunteer
being injured or killed, the police also question the motives
of the volunteer groups. Quite often the police attitude
is,"I'm the cop on this beat. I don't need or want any
help." Yet this attitude also lowers citizen participation and
increases the prevalence of crime. Research clearly iiidi-
Tenant Patrol Division
Departnlent of Community Affairs
New York City I lousing Authority
250 Broadway Room 1905
New Virk, New York 10007
Tenant Screening
hers, convicted criminals, or active drug traffickers or
drug addicts residing with them.
}lousing authority administrators employ staff or contrac-
tors to investigate and screen all tenant applicants who
are seriously being considered and who meet all other local
and national I I I D-mandated standards.
Key Components
Crime Problem Addressed
The strategy recognizes the social harm caused by certain
types of criminals, whether adult or juvenile. These dysfunctional families (about 6 to 7 percent) often cause displapirtionate problems within public Nmsing and threaten
The focus of this approach is to reduce the acceptance
the stability of the entire community Prostitutes, drug
rate (if families who cause tombk or who have gang mem-
pushers, and families with gang members residing in their
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350 Psted Strategies to Prerent Crime
homes are extreme risk housing clients and must be
screened during the application process. Also, consideration should be discontinued for heads of households whose
boyfriends or girlfriends are currently involved in criminal
or troublemaking activities.
Key Partnerships
Public Housing management, law enforcement, private security agencies, and tenant screening agencies may be run
by commercial apartment specialty realtors. It should be
emphasized, however, that the traditional tenant screens
run by realtors do not include adult and juvenile criminal
enced deterring undesirable applicants through a screening process.
Property managers in the San Francisco Bay area have
discovered that working in concert with each other and
employing a reporting service have improved their residential screening procedure. By utilizing the services of a
private rental screening reporting system, housing agencies have been able to improve the screening of prospective residents and thus protect their developments from
drug trafficking and crime.
Applying the Strategy
record checks. This is why a pubho'private contract should
be obtained through a local police or sheriff s unit.
The Housing Authority of Alameda. California. uses a private company, the National Tenant Network (NTN). to run
Potential Obstacles
Some police agencies would be happy to help "clean uppublic housing. Others apparently prefer to keep criminal
zones isolated to particular environmental areas (like public housing) and away from downtown or residential areas.
provides standard credit reports, which housing managers
have long been able to order on prospective renters, but
also offers access to a computerized network of information on past resident performance that included evictions
and lease violations.
New Haven. Connecticut's housing agency screens applicants by checking police records and credit history of
prospective tenants. Current residents help through their
participation on tenant screening committees.
Knoxville, Tennessee's police department uses police
officers to take applications for public housing. The housing
agency believes the presence of the uniformed officer deters many potential criminals from applying.
These police agencies fear that disrupted isolation will
redistribute crime to other areas and other precincts.
Contact Information
Some private security and resident screening firms are
not authorized to have access to local, state, and national
criminal justice record systems. This is why a public police
agency partnership is so important. Since this screening
approach will require a considerable commitment on the
police agencies' part, some type of grant program might
be used to reimburse the police agency for its time.
background credit checks and screen applicants. NTN
Signs of Success
Executive Director
City of Alameda Housing Authority
In MobileAlabama. the Public ihusing Crime Interdiction
Through Community Policing Program eliminated more
701 Atlantic Avenue
Alameda, California 94501
than 200 unsuitable tenant applicants. Sergeant Jack I )ove,
of the Mobile team, estimated that he spends about 60
percent of his time on screening and eviction matters.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development publication. Nether Can . . . Meet the Challenge
Mobile Police Department
2460 Government Boulevard
Mobile, Alabama 36606
describes the success other communities have experi-
Crime Prevention and Awareness Training for Residents
Resident groups and individual residents learn how to re-
port crimes to authorities and how to assist police and
property management prevent crime in public housing
crime and crime-related issues in the public housing community. Training programs provide residents with infor-
nmtion and skills they need to keep their communities
Key Components
Crime Problem Addressed
Crime prevention, crime deterrence. and post-crime response are covered in workshc vs offered at a citizens'
police academy or by menthers of the crime preventfid
This strategy addresses the skills of residents to help each
other and law enfiwcement authorities klentify and address
Safi. and Attractive Public Places
unit of the local police agency Attendees are taught how
to call in crime reports and how to work with police and
housing authority security who respond to crime-related
situations in their neighborhoods. This program addresses resident concerns about all types of crime and
increases the level of understanding between the police
and residents.
Key Partnerships
Resident or tenant associations, housing authority management, police academy trainers, and the crime prevention unit of the local law enforcement agency cooperate to
put on crime prevention programs for residents.
Potential Obstacles
In housing authorities where language barriers between
management, police, and residents represent an obstacle.
interpreters can help. In Mcoma, Washington, the housing
authority brought in Cambodian and Laotian interpreters
to assist the SAFE STREETS organization in its Drug
and Gang Elimination Program training.
Sometimes authorities must assist in creating a safer
environment before residents will even consider participating in the most basic and rudimentary of programs.
Many residents fear that their homes will be attacked in
their absence. especially if they were to attend SAFE
to these problems in the communities represented in the
class. Officers also pass out business cards, and participants now know that instead of calling a police department,
they can call a particular officer who is prepared to render
every assistance possible. Citizens are taught that emergencies take precedence over a "barking dog" complaint
or that of a "loud" party In addition to riding in a patrol
car for a few hours on patrol, the students come in contact
with the magistrate courts, county courts, circuit courts.
and prosecutors at the county and district levels. On occasion. bail bondsmen are brought into the training session, so residents can understand how that system deals
with persons accused of crime and who may return to
their communities. Each professional who participants in
sessions for residents explains his or her role and attempts
to dispel any misunderstandings about the adult and juvenile justice system.
Applying the Strategy
The SAFE STREETS program in Thcoma. Washington,
used several professional crime prevention officers, many
with former criminal justice agency experience. The participation programs were sound. Not only were residents
taught how to use the police and justice system, they were
taught how to interact and how to manage a resident initiative drug and gang program.
STREETS. Neighborhood Watch, or gang elimination pro-
grams. Police and resident patrols can help by watching
those locatiqns while sessions are held.
Signs of Success
Jackson. Mississippi, brings in interested participants
from the greater metropolitan area. Students are first
trained at the academy meeting many local officers who
discuss some of the crime problems and potential solutions
Contact Information
Community Affairs Division
Jackson Pofice Department
327 Pascagoula Street
PO. Box 17
Jackson. Mississippi 392()5-0017
601 -960- 1389
Cleanup Projects
door locations (dense underbrush, abandoned cars, discarded househokl items) to store drugs or disguise crim-
When resident groups, city agencies, and law enforcement
combine forces to clean up trash and debris in public hous-
inal activity. The strategy also addresses general
ing communities, they improve the image of the area,
neighborhood disorder which contributes to the perception of danger and vulnerability of an area to criminal ac-
reduce opportunities for criminals to hide unnoticed, and
help eliminate places where drugs and weapons can be
illegally stored with ease.
tivity and victimization.
Crime Problem Addressed
Often initiated by residents, cleanup programs typically
also engage housing authority maintenance crews, local
police (in case weapons, guns, or other evidence is dis-
The focus of this program is to reduce the number of
interior hiding places for drugs, decrease barriers (e.g..
discarded furniture or trash) that may present obstacles
in a police chase, and reduce the opportunity to use out-
Key Components
covere(l), city sanitation or public works crews with equipment and transportation to haul away trash and debris, and
parks and recreation departments that can suggest ideas
350 Thsted Strategies to Prevent Crime
to beautify the area and maintain it over time. Some communities have called upon local outposts of the National
Guard or state public works agencies with large construc-
tion equipment to help remove trees, trash, furniture,
appliances, and abandoned vehicles and restore the
cleared area for its original purpose. Many programs follow up the community-based activity i4 a cleanup with a
campaign to encourage residents not to litter or abandon
vehicles, and broker agreements with city agencies to enhance refuse collection and maintenance at the properties.
Key Partnerships
Housing authority management, residents, resident
groups, sanitation and parks departments, law enforcement, and civic organizations all participate in cleanup
programs. National (;uard units, local construction firms.
private trash haulers, and area businesses each represent
potential resources to support collection, removal, and
transport of material cleaned off the grounds. Businesses
can also provide publicity for the program and donate materials for a neighborhood celebration after the cleanup is
Potential Obstacles
Clearing debris does require local government resources.
Residents arl.,Tue that sanitation and maintenance services
should be part of daily routine in their communities. The
managing authority is likely to argue that residents should
take on some responsibility for maintenance of the area.
Both are correct, so both groups should cooperate in the
cleanup program and commit to expend or locate outside
resources to keep the area clear. No single local agency
is likely to have the resources to undertake a major cleanup
effort, so collaboration to implement the project and locate
residents and outside resources to help is essential to the
success of the strateg1
Signs of Success
The Thcoma. Washington. Housing Authority had a crime
problem with a large ditch filled with underbrush known
as the gulch, which meanders through the city, not only in
the housing authority communities, but throughout resi-
dential and business districts. The gulch cuts through
housing authority property and offers concealment to bur-
glars. robbers, gang members, and drug pushers. Police
have received many reports of offenders fleeing residences
and cars running into the gulch and away from apprehension. The housing authority cleared it out, created a pathway along its banks, and built footbridges at key crossing
points. One of the city's least attractive features suddenly
became a visual and recreational asset for residents. 'lb
accomplish the project, the police and the housing authority called in the National Guard's heavy construction-style
equipment to remove abandoned cars and large debris.
The Guard also provided people to help residents with
other cleanup activities. Police, pleased because criminals
fleeing into the gulch could be pursued more easily and in
view believe the area is now safer.
Applying the Strategy
As part of recent cleanup drives in Tampa, Florida, residents joined with the Solid Akste and Parks Departments
to remove 88 tons of trash from the streets in and around
the city's public housing communities.
Contact Information
Special Projects Coordinator
Tacoma Housing Authority
902 South L Street
Tacoma, WA 98405
Fencing and Other Barriers
Key Components
Housing authority administrators, in cooperation with res-
The central focus of this strategy involves design and in-
idents and HUI) grant sources, install fences or other
barriers to help redirect traffic flow and discourage en-
stallation of fencing high enough to create a difficult barrier
trance by nonresidents.
tall. The fence must enclose the development, help control
access, and be constructed in a way that permits privacy
Crime Problem Addressed
while not obstructing the view fr(mi common areas and
the streets around the complex.
Drug traffickers and gang members are usually trespassing. In fact, David Echols, the executive director of the
Housing Authority for the City of New I laven. Connecticut, estimates that "85 percent of those arrested on lumsing agency properties do not live here."
to pedestrians. Most fences installed are at least six feet
Key Partnerships
Public housing management, residents, resident initiative
go mps, and law ent( wcement slu mid he partners in the
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decision to install fencing and design fencing that is functional but not isolating to the residents.
Applying the Strategy
Potential Obstacles
with the housing authority to fence specific areas and reroute traffic around public housing. The strategy greatly
reduced street level narcotics trafficking throughout the
Sonic residents will resist the fencing approach because
it will inconvenience them. "I will have to walk another
block to shop. I like the bus stop on this street. I don't
want to go over there." But until access control is a fact
of everyday life, none of the residents will ever be safe.
When security versus convenience becomes the priority
the majority of residents will support a fencing approach
where it seems appropriate. Staffed security kiosks, trespassing law enforcement, and access control policies enhance the effectiveness of fencing as a deterrent to crime.
Cost is another potential obstacle. Public housing authorities may find it difficult to locate the funds to install fencing, though support is available to many localities through
federal programs. The cost of the fencing must be weighed
against resources needed for other security enhancements
or other capital improvements.
Signs of Success
In The Winnable Riff: A Community Guide to Eradicating
Street Drug Markets, the authors assert that fences help
prevent drug-related crime. They state, -fences can be
extremely effective in cutting off dealer escape routes and
channeling foot traffic to one or two monitored avenues."
The Little Rock, Arkansas, Police Department worked
Two public housing developments in Oakland, California,
installed a $1.1 million tubular steel fence around the perimeter of the complex of buildings. Residents reported
they felt unsafe on many occasions until the fencing cut
down on traffic, deterred drug traffickers, and discouraged prostitutes who had frequented the area. The fencing
does not make this community seem particularly distinct
in its security procedures, since almost all privately owned
apartment complexes in the area maintained fencing for
similar reasons. Previously, as the only development, business, or warehouse in the area that did not have adequate
environmental protection, Oakland's developments had become vulnerable to criminals.
Contact Information
Little Rock Police Department
Organized Crime and Intelligence Division
700 West Markham Street
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Move Security Headquarters
complex. Moving the police/security headquarters to a visible location intensifies the police presence generally and
llousing authority-operated security/police organizations
move their headquarters into the most dangerous housing
areas of their jurisdiction. If this is not possible for space
reasons, mini-stations are a viable alternative.
increases the number of random patrol operations in the
area as officers travel to and from other areas. The location is labeled and staffed at all times to ensure surveillance of the premises and to deter residents or outsiders
from criminal activity The location can also sem as the
site for a reporting hotline for residents to alert security
Crime Problem Addressed
The focus of this approach is to reduce the sale of drugs
and crime associated with drug trafficking through choosing a high-profile location for security headquarters. Traffickers feel very uncomfortable selling within sight of a
police station. Purchasers are less likely to come into the
area at all.
Key Components
The strategy recognizes that drug-pushing criminals
make their living within public housing communities. The
"move the headquarters" approach redistributes police
and housing authority security resources to the most
drug-intensive, and often the most violent areas of the
of incidents on the grounds. This strategy is most effective
when combined with fencing and access-control tactics.
Key Partnerships
Public housing administrators, residents, and housing po-
lice/security administrators and officers are partners in
this endeavor. Residents should be consulted about tlw
choice of locations, as they know about traffic and activity
patterns and where criminal activity tends to occur.
Potential Obstacles
The expense of moving an established security kicati(m or
security administrative office would be the most salient
350 "Thsted Strategies to Prevent Crime
potential obstacle. In addition, the possible danger to security officers from the location chosen can represent a
barrier to their participation. Some communities have experienced retaliation against these locations even when
residents and staff are in the vicinit.v The management
must institute procedures to deal with potential dangers
and response to specific incidents of vandalism or other
Signs of Success
The Knoxville, limnessee. Police Department used to
send officers to public housing communities in response
to calls from residents or management. The department
now places a two-person mobile unit in each of its public
housing communities on weekend evenings, when criminal
activity is at its peak. The presence of the officeEs, who
receive extra training in drug enforcement and how to work
with residents, has helped reduce crime. Since the program began, the housing authority has donated several
apartments for mini-stations where officers can take reports and use the telephone and restroom. Resident support for the program is consistently very high.
Applying the Strategy
The IIUD manual Winning the Fight Against Drugs highlights the succes:ful pioneering efforts of the Manchester,
New I lampshire, Housing Authorit: The Oxford. Mississippi. Housing Authority established a police mini-station
in the C.B. Webb Apartment Complex: crime has declined
as a result.
Contact Information
)eputy Director
Knoxville Community Development Corporation
PO. Box 3550
Knoxville. Tennessee 37927
Enhanced Lighting
Key Partnerships
Enhanced outthmr lighting that illuminates walkways and
perimeter areas increases safety and security of residents
and reduces crime.
Police, housing authorities, and power companies all play
a part in this program. Power utility companies have light-
Crime Problem Addressed
The focus of this program is to illuminate dark areas.
eliminate the possibility that crimes can casually be com-
mitted in secret, and increase the visibility level for all
citizens. This approach illuminates drug pushers, prostitutes, gangs, and predatory criminals, who don't want to
be identified. Thke away the cover of darkness, and they
will be afraid to use an illuminated area.
Key Components
Illuminating an area. in and by itself, can positively affect
a consensual crimes marketplace. Adding aggressive police patrol operations. tenant patrols, and mobile videotaping of violators and purchasers will cause drug marketers.
prostitutes. and street criminals to move elsewhere.
Lighting strategies focus on perimeter areas, entry points
to buildings, walkways. and parking areas. Installation is
usually done by the laiusing auth(wity, but may be designed
in cooperation with the local utility company or public
works department.
ing experts who can work with police and the housing
management to increase security through lighting techniques. Architects in city agencies and the private sector
can also provide advice on placement and lighting styles.
Potential Obstacles
is expensive for governments to "light up the night.-
And criminals often shoot out exterior lights with firearms
or high-power slingshots. There are several security lamp
systems that are hard to damage. While security light
covers are much more expensive. they are worth the expense in the decrease in crime and in the increase of
commercial operations.
Signs of Success
Lighting was a key element in the crime prevention strategy developed by the Greenwich. Connecticut, Drug-Free
Public }lousing Tisk Force. a community-wide coalition of
tenant leaders. police. (ther agencies, and housing antis wit y managers. The reo)mmendati( ins in the 1988 plan also
included po)granis for children. I )evelopment (if tenant as-
sociations contributed to reductions in crime and increased interaction amonig residents.
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Applying the Strategy
Contact Information
In the Housing Authority of 'llicoma, Washington, the lights
Chief of Police
were inadequate on the streets. Residents were issued
free lightbulbs and given a power bill break when they
Greenwich Police Department
PO. Box 1404
Greenwich, Connecticut 06830
agreed to participate in the light program. "lb.participate,
they agreed to leave their exterior front and rear entrances
illuminated every night.
American Institute of Architects
1735 New York Avenue. NW
Washington, DC 20006-5292
Police-in-Residence Program
Housing authority administrators that offer free or reduced-cost housing to police officers in exchange for afterhours order maintenance, patrol, or participation in security programs will experience less crime.
Crime Problem Addressed
The focus of this program is to reduce the sale of drugs
by arresting traffickers and evicting the ones who live in
public housing. Public order problems are also addressed
by the continuing presence of the officers.
Key Components
The officer(s) are moved into the more volatile housing
areas. The best "police" apartments are adjacent to. and
in sight of, the primary drug sale areas. The presence of
these officers will dramatically lessen the sale of drugs at
this location. This effort should be just one component of
an intensive community policing plan.
Key Partnerships
Public housing management, residents, resident initiative
groups, and law enforcement officials should agree that
this idea ha,z merit and it is "the right thing to do.- This
neighborhood invitation is very important. The idea will
not work as well if the "good- people in the community
are hostile to it.
Potential Obstacles
The program should recruit young, single officers and provide incentives for them to live in the community Officers
with families are far less likely to participate. Still, many
officers will not want to participate for fear of violence or
police agency must ensure that the community receives
police protection during hours when the resident officer is
away on duty elsewhere. Otherwise, crime patterns will
simply adapt to the officer's shift assignments.
Many police administrators are so sure that the Resident Officer Program won't succeed that they will not even
attempt to ask for volunteers. Communities in California,
Washington State. Mississippi. and many other states have
successful officer residence programs.
Signs of Success
Phoenix's Police Officer Placement Solution program recruits officers to live in rent-free public housing units. The
program was developed in response to the request of a
neighborhood association looking for a way to enhance the
security of the area. The police department, the Neighborhood Services Agency and residents cooperate in the
recruitment process. Officers who volunteer also patrGl
the area nearest to where they live. The city believes the
program is an important step toward building a partnership
between key agencies and the neighborhoods they serve.
Applying the Strategy
The Manchester, New Hampshire, Housing Authority asserts that it was the first to institute an officer in residence
program. The long-standing program now has several volunteer officer participants annually.
Contact Information
l'hoenix Police I )epartment
Central City Precinct
1902 South 16 Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85034
retaliation from unlawful residents or trespassers. The
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underdevelopment is
both a cause and a
symptom of crime.
Crime is an important
factor in businesses'
decisions to take flight
from the places where
it occurs, thereby
worsening the
economic problems that
underlie an area's
s jobs depart with businesses, crime becomes an increasingly popular means
to achieve economic survival. Without the prospect of economic opportunity in a
community deterrence from law enforcement will often fail, as no visible alternative
to crime exists. When drug dealers and criminals are the wealthiest members of a
community crime will develop a frighteningly strong appeal among youth.
The physical deterioration that accompanies the financial decline of an area also acts
as a source of crime. As businesses begin to leave a region, local governments lose
the tax revenues necessary to maintain civic projects. As budgets fall, crime prevention
programs and law enforcement funding are reduced, in turn leaving the area vulnerable
to greater criminal activity Vacant buildings left behind by departing businesses and
landlords serve as havens for drug dealing and other crimes.
Economic development opportunities create the promise of jobs, thereby increasing
the stability of the community and reducing its vulnerability to crime. Successful
commercial areas, affordable housing near sustainable employment, and better physical
conditions prevent the development of social tensions that act as sparks for criminal
activity The revitalization of communities through tax incentives, infrastructure improvements, and aggressive civic marketing campaigns for new jobs can be a potent
force for reducing crime.
Partnerships among small businesses, government, and residents are critical to
achieving a community environment ready for sustained growth. The organization of
local community development groups focuses attention on what is needed to improve
civic conditions, encouraging citizens and businesses to recognize their important role
in rebuilding the neighborhood. Development planning groups create the infrastructure
needed to obtain government, business, and private grants that act as a launching
point for commercial improvement.
Citizens can help encourage good business and low crime rates by sprucing up
neighborhoods and business areassimple projects such as planting flowers and cleaning up trash signal a neighborhood's concern and refusal to let commercial areas be
overrun by crime, while creating a more inviting business atmosphere with better
prospects for success.
Businesses must be included in crime prevention strategies and economic development to stabilize the dislocation associated with shifts in patterns of economic activity
Business Watch groups deter and detect crimes, and security surveys help identify
how stores and other business locations can be made more secure.
Increasing the availability of credit to support the establishment of new businesses
enhances an area's financial vitality generating commercial activity and increasing
employment prospects. The empowerment of local groups and individual entrepreneurs
350 7ested Strategies to Prevent Crime
stabilizes the community and increases the prospects for
cooperative relationships between businesses and residents, reducing opportunities for crime. The South Shore
Bank in Chicago emerged more than two decades ago as
a group dedicated to local development through the provision of loans based not on collateral, which its targeted
borrowers often lacked, but on trustworthiness. The cooperation of a business in local community development
has proven mutually beneficial, spurring the creation of
several new local enterprises and the recovery of oncethreatened neighborhoods while creating a profitable locally based banking corporation.
Development planning groups are important in' considering the type of business that can best improve the area's
economic strength while minimizing crime. Some types of
infrastructure improvements actually reduce the natural
surveillance that deters crime. Some types of facilities and
businesses tend to be accompanied by increases in certain
crimes. Research shows that neighborhoods in transition,
whether developing or deteriorating, are more susceptible
to crime than stable neighborhoods. It is critical that planning not neglect the pitfalls that can accompany economic
development, since overlooking crime as a development
issue could prevent the success of budding enterprises.
This chapter highlights ten strategies for creating a
business environment that is safe from crime. These
strategies have successfully stimulated business activity
by creating the capital necessary to start new ventures.
Loan assistance programs in which a bank cooperates
with a community to encourage growth have consistently
proven successful. Local subsidies can provide the means
to develop the physical infrastructure for the creation of
small businesses, while national institutions such as the
Department of Housing and Urban Development have
made investment in abandoned areas attractive through
tax credits and outright grants.
Strategies for economic development must also go beyond financial provisions. This chapter explores how businesses can help build communities and how coinmunities
can spur businesses. Methods for ensuring high-quality,
affordable housing that avoids gentrification are examined.
Examples of successful efforts to build businesses that
provide for the needs of their local communities are also
reviewed. The underlying goal of these growth strategies
is to ensure that new economic development strengthens
social ties through the cooperation of businesses and the
areas in which they operate.
"Incubate" Young Businesses
Helping businesses to start up and to grow in "incuba-
tors"nurturing environments of successful business
people, training in entrepreneurial and related skills, and
helpful support servicesimproves economic conditions
include economic diversification, jobs and self-help opportunities in an inner-city neighborhood, or transfer of technology from university research to business application.
Business incubators, often run by community develop-
ment groups or by private entrepreneurs, help new businesses grow by providing the following:
in neighborhoods and leaves them less vulnerable to crime.
Crime Problem Addressed
This strategy addresses the crime rate, which tends to
rise as jobs, stable businesses, incomes, and economic
opportunities decline. Residents of communities with
these conditions can experience a reduced sense of control
over their future and diminished feelings of self-worth.
sometimes leading to theft, vandalism, drug dependency,
and family violence. Helping such individuals to reclaim or
establish control through steady incomes and jobs can be
a positive and productive remedy for communities with
high crime rates.
Key Components
The main pial of the business "incubatAe pmgram is to
produce successful graduates--new businesses with good
plans that are financially sound. independent, and geared
to thrive. The specific objectives of an incubator coukl
space for a number of businesses under one roof:
flexible space allocations and lease terms:
an on-site incubator manager and business advisor:
organized interaction with business and technical advisors:
financial counsel and assistance: and
business interaction with other firms in the same incubator
Incubators conmionly screen participating businesses
to ensure a mix of businesses and identify business potential of small-business owners seeking assistance. Although
space, services, and management assistance have often
been shared by i
linesses, incubators began in the 1960s
Econmnie Delvlopmcnt
out of the need to put abandoned factory buildings to use.
The incubation experiment funded by the National Science
Foundation sought to foster entrepreneurship, and the initiatives of successful entrepreneurs and investor groups
involved sought to transfer their know-how to new companies in a supportive environment.
Key Partnerships
The core partnership is between the tenant entrepreneur
or business and the incubator management. The incubator
encourages partnerships with other businesses and
sources of support. Incubators are created and run by
local governments, economic development agencies, community development corporations. colleges and universities, private management firms, and various combinations
incubated businesses "graduate" annually and become independent.
Applying the Strategy
Chicago's Fulton-Carroll Center for Industry (FCCI) began in 1980 as the cornerstone for revitalization of a desolated industrial neighborhood. In its first eleven years,
FCCI created 127 jobs per year, with a net gain of more
than 1.000 jobs. Only 14 percent of its incubated firms
have failed. Eighty percent of the jobs created are held by
disadvantaged .,Troups, and 41 percent of businesses created are owned by disadvantaged groups. FCCI has helped
many families out of poverty and off welfare. It has helped
start many micro-enterprises, but its goal is to fast-start
companies that grow quickly to millions of dollars in annual
of these organizations. A growing number of incubators
are cosponsored by large commercial firms, such as Corning and Digital Equipment Corporation.
revenues. Its seventy incubator tenants generated about
Potential Obstacles
than 500 percent since FCCI was established. The FCC!
incubator has done a lot for individuals, families, and com-
The quality of the incubator depends on the quality of the
managers and the networks they provide. Some work bet-
ter than others, and all work better for certain business
types than they do for others.
Signs of Success
Since 1985, the National Business Incubation Association
(NBIA), based in Athens. Ohio, has been providing training and a clearinghouse for infornmtion on incubator management and development. New incubators are forming at
an average rate of one per week, some for specialized
technical businesses. NBIA reports that more than 80
percent of the firms that have ever been incubated are still
in operationfar above the figures for all businesses
started, most of which fail in the first few years. in the
past twelve years, the number of business incubators has
increased 30-fold to more than 500. Thirty percent of
$40 million in annual gross sales as of 1994. The surrounding neighborhood's commercial property vacancy rate has
dropped sharply and real estate values increased by more
munity revitalization.
Other successful incubators include the Milwaukee Enterprise Center in Wisconsin. the Franklin Business Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the I lomewood Brushton Incubator in Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania
Contact Information
Fulton-Carroll Center for Industry
2023 West Carroll
Chicago, Illinois 60612
National Business Incubation .Association
20 East Circle Drive
Suite 190
Athens, Ohio 15701
Early Warning Arson Prevention
certain communities in waves. In North Flatbush. New
An Arson Early Warning and Prevention Program identifies and treats properties in danger of arson and fire before
they are burned.
alone. In 1991, suspicious fires burned scores of homes
and thousands of acres of woodland in the west. Arson
Crime Problem Addressed
Wk. sixty-nine suspicious fires occurred in one year
can result in deaths, injuries, loss of homes and businesses. Gutted buildings create eyesores that blight
neighborhoods and communities. Propert y loss, even
Arson rates fluctuate from one geographic area to) another
from) just one fire, can reach millions of dollars. W'o wse,
but remain a serious crime and economic issue in many
older, distressed urban areas. Arson seems to come to
arson and arson "copycats" can cause community disintegration.
350 Tested Strategies to Prevent Crime
Key Components
Signs of Success
The following are key components of the anti-arson strategy for businesses:
Working under a Ford Foundation grant and in cooperation
organization of a community municipal agency, or business group to coordinate education of the public, collection
of data related to incidents of arson, and communication
about arson threats against businesses;
establishment of community links among the police and
fire departments, code enforcement officials, and insurance companies;
installation of an arson early warning system to alert
business and property owners;
design of an arson prevention education program with
easily understandable information for homeowners and
preparation of a manual or information document that
can be disseminated in the comnnmity; and
coordination of action against fire code violators, fire
hazards, and abandoned or neglected properties.
Key Partnerships
Key Partnerships include those between the concerned
community or business group and its members, the police
and tire departments, and municipal code enforcement officials. Additional important partnerships are with the fire
insurance companies that insure properties in the community. Ideally, cooperative working relationships will also
exist between the project managers and the owners or
managers of properties in the community.
Potential Obstacles
Obstacles may include the difficulty of finding and engaging
the absent owners of properties with high levels of code
violations and arson risk and achieving thorough surveillance and security in very large, densely populated areas.
Litigation may be necessary in tough code enforcement
and condemnation cases. Careful and determined self-help
with the Institute for Social Analysis (ISA), the Flatbush
Development Corporation (FDC) cleared new ground with
this innovative strategy In the four years of the project
(1982 to 1986), suspicious fires in North Flatbush declined
from sixty-nine in 1982 to sixteen in 1986a drop of 77
percent. Over the same period, the number of serious
"all-hands" and "greater alarm" fires dropped nearly as
muchfrom twenty-three to six per yeara 74 percent
FDC kept good records to predict and act on properties
at high risk of arson. Four key variables identified as predictors of arson-endangered properties were (1) serious
building code violations, (2) fires of unknown origin in the
past, (3) vacancy rates, and (4) the number of units in the
buildings. FCC was aggressive in its role as community
catalyst by distributing fire safety information to landlords
and tenants, organizing tenants for fire safety scheduling
fire marshall inspections where and when needed, ensuring tire insurance company intervention (or policy cancellation) for neglected properties to reduce the risk of inten-
tional fire setting by owners, and obtaining safety code
enforcement and property condemnations as necessary
Some properties were sealed and secured, others inspected and repaired, and still others rehabilitated and
beautified. By 1986, arson had declined dramatically to
the lowest levels in eleven years.
Applying the Strategy
FDC was the first to implement this strategy FDC worked
closely with the Peoples Firehouse in Brooklyn, New York,
with Kensington Action Now in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
and with the New York Neighborhood Anti-Arson Center
in New York City in the development of its successful arson
prevention programs.
Contact Information
Director of Community Relations
Flatbush Development Corporation
1418 Cortelyou Road
Brooklyn, New York 11226
measures for property owners might often reduce these
obstacles to manageable proportions. Low arrest and conviction rates are often the most difficult obstacle to community action against arson.
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Community Business and Housing Development Planning
work necessary to build a better community. Some vested
Bringing community menthers together in action planning
interests or those supporting different approaches may
oppose a community's desire to be independent and self-
for a balanced, healthy community with good housing,
jobs, shopping, health care, recreation, etc.. helps to protect the community making it less likely to experience
sufficient. A serious obstacle can be getting the capital or
credit for housing, job training, or other services needed.
Perseverance and key partnerships with influential individuals. groups, and government and private sector institutions can solve many problems along the way
Crime Problem Addressed
Signs of Success
This strategy for a balanced, healthy community aims to
reduce crime at its base or origins by reducing hardship,
frustration, and pessimism, which can lead to criminal
behavior. The goal is to raise community cohesiveness and
pride, to help individuals grow in dignity and self-respect
The federal Enterprise Zone (EZ) and Enterprise Community programs, established in the Omnibus Budget
Reconciliation Act of 1993, awarded the first grants late
in 1994. The programs were born out of a recognition that
economically distressed communities needed flexible tools
from a foundation of decent housing, good jobs, and a wellkept neighborhood.
(block grants, tax breaks, new partnerships with community groups) to achieve economic goals and improve
cohesion and stability within neighborhoods.
Awardees were selected in part because of their ability
to demonstrate strong partnerships with and involvement
of community groups in formulating long-term plans for
economic growth and sustained community development.
The Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, an EZ
awardee, worked with community groups and the private
sector to attract $33 million in commitments from banks
in the region to create capital for business and other investments.
Key Components
The key components of this strategy are as follows:
organization of community members (individual resi-
dents. civic groups, churches, businesses, banks, key
government agency representatives, etc.) into a community action gsoup or community development corporation;
identification of basic needs of the community (for example. teen recreation facilities, jobs for the unemployed,
better affordable housing, stores for necessities, health
Applying the Strategy
formation of a goal or set of goals for creating the kind
of balanced, healthy community that the residents want:
New Communit y. in the Central Ward of Newark. New
Jerse y. is one place where this strategy has worked on a
large scale. The local community organizers started in
development of objectives to achieve the results in
1967 with a complex of 120 apartmentsa first step in
meeting the need for decent, well-maintained, low-cost
housing. They found allies in the suburbs, in a few cor-
cooperation with government agencies and other community groups: and
porations and foundations, and in state government.
Next steps included planning a new urban community
with housing, health, commercial, and educational facilities
to serve needs expressed by residents. Day care facilities
were established along with a restaurant, spa. and well-
implementation of plans for community action around
established objectives.
Key Partnerships
ness center. Through an agreement with a supermarket
The key partnerships include those between members of
the community (individuals, organizations, or groups) who
corporation, New Community obtained a supermarket for
the area that helped attract other businessesall parts of
a balanced, healthy community Since New Community
began, hundreds of jobs have been created for Central
want to achieve the community development goals and ally
groups who can help make it happen: political leaders,
government agencies (local, county state, or national),
Ward residents.
foundations. corporations, lending institutions, the media.
and influential individuals and gr()ups from both inside and
outside the community
Contact Information
New C(mununit y (2( wp( irati(
Potential Obstacles
233 West Market Street
The first challenge is to assemble a core group of individ-
Newark, New Jersey 071) (3
uals or organizations committed to the sustained hard
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Community Beautification
Beautification of a community makes it more attractive to
the law-abiding residents, which makes the area less attractive to those who might otherwise gather for criminal
Crime Problem Addressed
Abandoned buildings, vacant lots, and unused parks signal
neighborhoods in disarray and attract criminal activity In
such areas, residents tend to avoid problem neighborhoods. especially at night. out of fear of victimization. The
visible deterioration and crime problems in these areas
can spread to neighboring properties if left unchecked.
When one store closes and gets boarded up. nearby businesses often lose customers. Beautification and restoration efforts can help address such safety and economic
with local businesses, chambers of commerce, and
merchants associations that have business and community
interests in enhancing the area through beautification.
Area youths and religious groups might also be recruited
to join in these partnerships.
Potential Obstacles
Nonparticipation by owners of problem properties can be
an obstacle: another is the lack of sufficient resources for
the actual beautification pmject. Police and other municipal
agencies can often overcome nonparticipation by enforcing
codes and zoning ordinances, or through condemnation or
seizure for back taxes.
Signs of Success
Community beautification raises community and individual
pride, and often brings a community closer together for
common activities, with noticeable crime reduction ef-
Key Components
The New York City-based Trust for Public Land (TPL,
Key components of the beautification strategy include the
supports dozens of groups throughout the nation in their
efforts to rehabilitate dilapidated properties and parks into
green spaces accessible for the community's recreational
needs. TPL helped one New Y(wk City neighborhood convert derelict land into community gardens. In Los Angeles.
'I'PL helped clean up and secure lands for an urban river
organizing property owners and lessees, police. zoning
office representatives, leaders of the larger community
and other interested parties to discuss the locations in
need of beautification:
defining the problem or target property or area needing
beautification and recruiting those willing to work on it:
setting the beautification goal (simple trash cleanup or
enhancement of the public area with landscaping. lighting,
gathering available resources (volunteers or city staff.
money for materials, equipment. landscape shrubbery,
etc.) from the municipality property owners, and tenants.
or in-kind support from local businesses and community
organizations; and
keeping the group t( tget her tnr other beautification
Key Partnerships
Key partnerships are ft cued:
among the local residents themselves:
Applying the Strategy
Pond Street in New Haven, Connecticut, suffered from
the presence of illegal drug sales, trash. loiterers. and
noise complaints from residents. The Block Watch resolved to take back some of its territory by planting flowers
abng curbsides and in a blighted lot on the corner. With
100 percent participation of their group. they turned the
neighborhood into a beautiful garden. Other cleanups and
beautification seemed to flow naturally The beautification
idea has now spread to nearby streets. Besides the visual
benefits of beautification, crime has receded.
In California. the Alameda County Transit Authority
joined with Oakland residents to remove graffiti on buses.
Unemployed youths were offered the jobs of cleaning the
buses. It appears that the graffiti cleanup has led to much
less new graffiti being added. Small-business owners, corporate executives, civic officials and the police joined together in supporting these Bay Area United Youth who
have been empowered to lead others in the community
with positive, visible results, including other cleanups.
between them and the property owners and lessees:
with the police and other municipal personnel: and
ECononlie Dovlopinenl
Contact Information
Pond Street Watch
cio New Haven Police Department
One Union Avenue
New Haven, Connecticut 06519
Crime Prevention Unit
New Haven Police Department
One Union Avenue
New Haven, Connecticut 06519
Promote Business Involvement in the Community
Key Partnerships
Promoting ethics in business and in the workplace for
honesty safety and service to the community both decreases employee theft and helps to create a community
Re!I Partnerships should be formed with the local chamber
of commerce, other business associations, individual businesses, government offices, and with consumer, civic, and
service organizations in the community. Since more than
90 percent of the nation's business schools provide training
in business ethics, they, too. are good candidates for partnership in carrying out this crime prevention strategy.
climate conducive to economic development and less likely
to attract crime.
Crime Problem Addressed
This strategy aims to reduce "white collar" crime, such
as false advertising, marketing scams, product switching,
sale of unsafe products, environmental damage, and many
other types of less visible crime. It does so by promoting
good business ethics and service to the community This
saves money for businesses and customers, saves jobs,
and helps free police to concentrate on other crime-control
Key Components
The goal of this strategy is a business community that
acts ethically, does not tolerate crime, and serves the
community The key components of this strategy are as
adoption of ethical standards by businesses, covering
all employees and operations:
commitment to apply ethical standards including con-
duct with customers, company support for community
service, and corporate involvement in the community:
promotion of standards of ethical business practice for
viewing by employees, the public, and other businesses:
acknowledgment and awards for businesses in the com-
munity that have adopted and operate by sound ethical
standards: and
information for other businesses to learn of the ethical
conunitments of the best and to follow their go xl example.
Potential Obstacles
Companies with a good ethics culture are often very receptive. while those that seek profits by cutting corners
on quality safety, or honesty may be less receptive to
community programs to enhance ethics. Citizen reporting
of false advertising and consumer fraud can help to ensure
good business practices and a low-crime commercial sector.
Signs of Success
The bestselling book by author Stephen R. Covey The 7
Habits qt. Highly Effretire People, describes how ethics and
good character are the core bases for personal effectiveness and business success.
"Doing Right for Your Bottom Line" (Business Ethics,
October 1992, pp. 99-104) concludes that, in some cases,
companies that increase their community involvement are
more likely to show an improved financial position.
Rotary International is a worldwide service club network of more than one million members, most of whom
are business owners and managers. Rotary has a fourpoint test that it promotes in its own and its communities'
businesses: (1) Is it the truth? (2) Is it fair to all concerned? (3) Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
(4) Will it be beneficial to all concerned? The club's motto
is "Service Above Self; They Profit Most Who Serve
Best." Many members firmly state that is their experience.
330 Psted Strategies to Prevent Crime
Applying the Strategy
Since its founding in the 1930s. Motorola :las been clear
in its affirmation that high standards and good business
go naturally together. Its statement is. "We will always act
with constant respect for people, and with uncompromising integrit The company gives its staff, worldwide, a
booklet, For Which We Stand: .4 Statement qf Plapose.
Principles and Ethics. One main component is a conmiitment to honesty, integrity. and ethics: another is the goal
to be a good corporate citizen by contributing to the economic and social well-being of every community in which
the company operates. Motorola actively encourages its
employees to participate in the community. One of its
steps to good customer relations is to allow community
use of its communications systems in support of Neighborhood Watch programs to report crime. Motorola is also
an important corporate partner of the National Crime Prevention Council, providing support to publications and projects.
Contact Information
ISlotorola. Inc.
1303 East Algonquin Road
Schaumburg. Illinois 60196
Ensure Supply of Affordable Housing
acquisition by the municipality of a portion of these
MPDLTs for its subsidized, low-cost housing program:
Neighborhood cohesion and economic stability are enhanced in areas where the continuing supply of dispersed.
affordable housing is assured.
Crime Problem Addressed
Densely concentrated clusters of high-rise, publicly assisted apartment complexes, away from centers of economic activity, experience high rates of crime. These rates
apparently drop when residents feel a sense of pride in
their dwelling places and join in community action with
their neighbors. This strategy helps to reduce conditions
allowances for the developer to provide MN/Us at other
sites, if condo or other fees would raise total costs of
MPDLIs too high: and
incentives for developers to participate in the program
by allowing some limited exceptions to density limits.
Key Partnerships
work communities.
The key partnerships are those that are established among
the different municipal offices involved: housing, plan reviewing, zoning, etc. The cooperation of the builders and
developers is essential and is obtained by legal requirement
and by giving greater-than-normal density allowances (saving the land costs for the extra units allowed).
Key Components
Potential Obstacles
This strategy works best in areas that are growing or
This strategy requires that new; sizeable development
take place and that local zoning authority impose its
that sometimes increase the likelihood of crime by provid-
ing affordable housing for the less affluent in dispersed
areas, in low concentrations, and integrated into their
redeveloping, and that have room for new developments.
Key components include the following:
development of a city-wide or county-wide plan to require lower cost housing units in all sizeable new housing
development s:
changes in the municipal code and zoning ordinance to
provide a firm legal basis fin. the program and thus avoid
requirements to make developers set aside a portion
of new units, say 13 percent, for moderately priced dwelling units (MPI tA) to be sold or rented at below-market
rates to those of low or moderate income;
MPDLI mandates. Builders' and developers' objections are
possible. but may be avoided by offering greater density
authorization that would give the developer an economic
advantage to offset the cost of units subsidized. Potential
opposition from local citizen groups may be muted by the
legal mandates and by hopes for an improved community
atmosphere and the possibility of a reduction in crime.
Signs of Success
Montgomery Count4 Maryland, has successfully implemented this strategy over a twenty-year period with few
problems and many major successes. Moderate- and lowpriced housing is now available throughout the county, and
Economfr Drolopment
racial and economic integration is a simple fact of life. In
the belief that doing so would assist economic development
in the city's neighborhoods and downtown, Bloomington.
Indiana, recently added affordable housing requirements to
a new community development plan for the area.
gram req.iirements are put in the County Code and Zoning
Ordinance. The county's housing authority has the right
to purchase up to one-third of the MPDUs, and it can
provide below-market-rate mortgage financing for qualified
More than 8,000 affordable units have been created in
Montgomery County MPDUs now comprise nearly 3 percent of all county housing. In 1990, the average MPDU
purchaser had an annual income of around $27,000, compared with the county average income of about 868,000.
'Rvo-thirds of the units sold are going to first-time home
buyers. Economic and racial integration are direct products of this program. The high crime rates of many highrise. publicly assisted projects have been avoided.
Applying the Strategy
Montgomery County, Maryland, has been at the forefront
in implementing this development strategy This county of
nearly 800.000 residents is north of Wishington. DC. In
the 1970s and 1980s it changed from a bedroom community for the nation's capital to a regional employment center. In the same period, the shortage of affordable housing
became acute.
In the early I970s, the county developed an innovative.
county-wide inclusionary zoning'density allowance program known as the Moderately Priced Dwelling Unit prop-am. Now. 12.5 percent to 15 percent of every subdivi-
Partly inspired by Montgomery County's success.
neighboring Fairfax County in Virginia enacted a similar
MPDU program in 1994.
Contact Information
sion or building of fifty units or more in zones with lot
sizes less than one acre are made available as MPDUs.
Montgomery County Department of Housing &
Community Development
51 Monroe Street
Suite 908
Rockville. Maryland 20850
The zoning law allows for a density allowance of up to 22
percent over normal density for developers who provide
the MPDUs. This is the virtual equivalent of free land to
the developer for the MPDUs. making the developer a
cooperative partner in their production, cost-free to the
county Accordingly more is left in the county housing
budget for assistance to very low income house; olds. Pro-
Enlist Resources of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and
Other Federal Agencies
Key Components
Use U.S. Department of I lousing and Urban Development
The key components of this strategy are as follows:
(HUD) resources and incentives for revitalizing and developing distressed neighborhoodsboth urban and rural.
Crime Problem Addressed
Inadequate jobs, lack of decent housing, and economic
deprivation or lack of economic opportunity are risk factors and community conditions that can lead to crime.
When these conditions afflict large numbers of people in
crowded inner-city areas, there is a danger of incidents
and misunderstandings igniting significant crime problems,
as in the disturbances in Los Angeles after the Rodney
King police assailants trial. This strategy can reduce
crime generally by revitalizing individuals and communities
through social integration and economic opportunity
review of federal program resource availability:
identification of federal programs that offer opportunities and benefits to the local community or municipality:
mobilization of the effort needed to apply and meet the
conditions for successful applications, or Fiiiip!!" utilization
of the programs that are available:
tapping of available federal resource:. and incentives for
maximum local benefits: and
coordination of the local distribution of these resources
and incentives for fairness and impact.
The following kinds of I IUl ) programs have been made
available to localities in recent years:
350 7ested Strategies
Prerent Crime
Community Development Block Grants: Annual grants
to cities and counties to develop viable urban communities
with decent housing and expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons, or
to prevent or eliminate slums and blight. Detailed citizen
participation plans must be developed and followed.
Key Partnerships
Participating federal agencies, political leaders, and citizen
groups are key partners.
Potential Obstacles
Not all federal programs that are authorized and an-
Empowerment Zones and Enterprise Communities:
The goal is to help some of the most impoverished communities across the country "jump start" their revitalization. Ingredients are special tax incentives, including em-
ployer wage credits for creating jobs, Social Services
Block Grants for business investment and better housing,
a 50 percent exclusion of capital gains for certain business
investments, and gain deferral for reinvestment in a Small
Business hvestment Company (SBIC).
Community Development Corporations: 'Event y such
designations are offered. The corporations would be qualified to receive up to $2 million, with the donors receiving
up to a 50 percent tax credit over ten years.
A related effort is the Small Business Administration's
commitment to targeting some of its lending and community development tools to small and minority-owned businesses in distressed communities and underserved markets.
As of early 1995. new proposals include the following:
The President's Community Development Banking and
Financial Institutions Bill, to provide credit for the needy.
The proposed Neighborhood Leveraged Investments
for "Ibmorrow (LIFT) program as a catalyst for community
coalitions working for community revitalization and balanced growth.
The proposed Community Reinvestment Act, whose
replations focus on actual lending and investment in lowincome communities.
The Economic Development Initiative, which would
authorize $50 million for fiscal year 1995 to add grants to
help subsidize the costs of Section 108 Loan Guarantee
pnigrams for economic revitalization.
nounced get the full funding envisioned. Programs have
selection criteria that limit eligibilityy, Some. like Empow-
erment Zones, are limited to specific numbers of communities, so many deserving communities may be passed
over. However, the application process itself can help bring
communities together with focused plans for vital community development.
Signs of Success
Many local experiences and broader studies have shown
that disinvestmentdeclining property values and the
Hight of investmentis associated with higher crime
rates. Investment in the community, when conthined with
broad-based community involvement in improving housing
and jobs, generally cuts crime rates. Based on these principles. HUI) has a number of programs that provide and
promote investment in communities while requiring or encouraging broad-based community involvement. The goal
is citizen-based community revitalization that restores
communities, resulting in less crime.
Applying the Strategy
Locations where the different referenced federal resources
and incentives have been used successfully may be available through the contact office below.
Contact Information
Field Offices of HUD around the country.
Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
451 7th Street, SW.
Washington, DC 20.110-7000
Micro-Credits to Small-Scale Business
Crime Problem Addressed
Business micro-creditssmall-scale, revolving loans to
th( ise deemed pm it- credit risks by thc normal banking
This strategy reduces unemployment and some of the
systemhelp to create self-employment and jobs for
financial desperation often associated with the potential for
crime and delinquency in neighborhoods.
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Ecommlie Dcrdopmcnt
Key Components
Signs of Success
The business micro-credits strategy gives individuals and
very small businesses the opportunity to obtain small loans
(perhaps $500 to $6,000), even if they have no track rec-
The strategy was developed by an economics professor in
Bangladesh who was frustrated by local banks' refusal to
lend money to the poor who needed it when they lacked
the required collateral. He started by lending money from
ord and no collateral, putting them outside the regular
banking system. The special micro-credits lending authority can be a community development corporation, a
non-profit organization, a government program, a special
program of a standard bank, or a small business incubator.
The following are key components of this strategy:
a group of individuals in need of capital to start or
expand business opportunities;
borrower responsibility (individually or shared with
peer group) for repayment of loans:
start-up capital with which to launch the initial round
of loans:
systems for borrower counseling, or coaching for success and savings;
repayment collection; and
recirculation of repaid monies to new individual borrowers or peer groups of borrowers.
The concept is a very small-scale version of the technique used by the state's local grants to finance major
public works projects.
his own pocket so that the poor could get a better start
in their small-business activities. The loans were repaid.
and in 1983. the gratified professor established the Grameen Bank for lending to the poor. The bank now has
operations in half of all the villages of Bangladesh. The
poor are empowered to escape dependency and povertN:
Repayment rates are excellent-99 percent.
Accion International and Foundation for International
Community .Assistance (FINCA), two U.S. non-profit organizations, used this micro-credits model in Central and
South America, bringing credit and capitalism to the poor.
They enable cottage industries to start up. expand. and
create jobs for others as they grow.
Now these two organizations, and others, are adapting
these models to American cities and towns. Acknowledging the success of such programs, the $30 billion Crime
Bill of 1994 authorizes $270 million for community economic partnerships to establish lines of credit to stimulate
business and employment opportunities for low-income.
unemployed, or under-employed citizens.
Applying the Strategy
In 1991, Accion International started a successful microloan program in Brooklyn, New Thrk, focusing on I lispan-
ics. The typical business served is a small store-front
operation or one run from the home by a woman, often a
Key Partnerships
The key partnerships include those between
the organization providing the micro-credits and familiar local organizations that can help find numbers of worthy
and willing borrowers:
the handful of individuals who form a solidarity peer
group of small-loan borrowers, each guaranteeing repayment by the few others in their group; and
the lender organization, borrowers, and local banks that
hold and, perhaps, lend the funds.
Potential Obstacles
It can be difficult to find enough micro-credit borrowers
ti; bring these programs to true economies of scale.
whereby overhead costs can be fully covered by the credit
activities themselves. Pay-back collections can be challenging, but with good program planning they can match
or exceed those for normal bank lending.
single parent. Many have no employees outside the family.
Most serve the neighborhood or local market. Accion International is now seeking to create effective programs on
a national scale.
!INCA started a similar Neighborhood Business Banking Program in greater Washington. DC. and another micro-loan program in rural Minnesota. in 1993.
The Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) has
been established to assist organizations involved in microcredits and self-employment.
Contact Information
Technical Support NIanager
I:INCA International, Inc.
1101 14th Street. NW, 11th Hoor
Wishington. DC 20005
Vice President kw 1'. S. Operations
Accion Internathmal
733 15th Street, NW Suite 700
Washington. I )C 20005
350 Tested Strategies to Prevent Crime
Targeted Lending
Lending targeted to areas where needed credit is scarce
or simply unavailable strengthens the economic vitality of
those areas and builds stability in the neighborhood.
Crime Problem Addressed
Areas with blighted commercial strips, low rates of homeownership, inadequate and overcrowded housing, and a
declining jobs base often have high crime rates. Targeted
lending to these areas can create affordable housing,
homeownership, jobs, and stability all of which help alleviate social conditions that contribute to the likelihood of
Key Components
Components of the targeted lending strategy by local government can include the following:
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation is an ally
of the bank, the depositors and the community by insuring the deposits.
The bank acts as a financing partner in a real estate or
community development company by earmarking and targeting its lending in the community in need.
A non-profit community development company is often
allied with its funding supporters (government, businesses, individual and group donors), and perhaps with
the bank and real estate development company through
their common efforts.
Potential Obstacles
Economically deteriorating communities often experience
an exodus of long-established businesses and families.
Those who remain may be thinking more about their own
departures than about investing themselves and their
requiring banks that locate in the area to serve a variety of neighborhoods;
opening, creating, or redirecting and energizing a local
creating a for-profit real estate development company
to acquire and rehabilitate housing and commercial properties:
creating a nonprofit community development company
to secure government, business, and private party grants;
targeting lending and development in the problem area
by using incentives wherever possible;
mobilizing support from inside and outside the targeted
community; and
achieving visibility and publicity for each success to
change the area's image to one of positive growth momentum.
Key Partnerships
The key partners in this targeted lending strategy are local
neighborhood residents and the banks themselves.
Local residents and outside supporters become depositors with the target-lending bank (or community credit
money in the community In the face of such pessimism,
it may be difficult to get most residents committed to longterm efforts to start targeted lending and community development projects. Getting the needed capital for lending
can be very difficult and demand a lot of determination and
perseverance by local economic development agencies and
state regulators. Good community organization and public
relations are key to achieving the credibility needed to
persuade people to invest their time, efforts, and money
in a struggling community Even when target-lending operations are working well, it may still be difficult to match
returns to investors in more prosperous communities.
Signs of Success
Targeted lending makes funds available for renters to become homeowners, entrepreneurs to become housing rehabilitators, jobless persons to become business operators, and small businesses to become bigger businesses.
Congress recognized the positive effects on crime reduction efforts by authorizing $270 million in the $30 billion
Crime Bill of 1994 for lines of credit to community development corporations for business and employment opportunities for low-income, ,_unemployed, or underemployed
The strategy works best in conjunction with community
development companies and business incubation programs
that nurture new, small businesses and help them to grow
by ensuring that they will be able to borrow money to
finance expansion.
Eanwmie Dereloment
Applying the Strategy
In the early 1970s, South Shore Bank in Chicago, Illinois,
dedicated itself to reversing local community decay by
targeting its lending to local community development. The
bank has spent two decades seeking out borrowers where
more traditional banks fear to treadinner-city areas
deemed too high a risk for lending. Specializing in loans to
acquire and renovate small apartment buildings and in loans
to new local businesses, South Shore Bank has stimulated
neighborhood revitalization while remaining profitable.
The bank keeps a positive loan repayment rate, not by
requiring collateral, which its targeted borrowers seldom
have, but by knowing its neighborhood and its business
and individual borrowers. Now other banks compete for
lending in the improving South Shore neighborhoods.
Inspired by its success in Chicago, South Shore Bank
led the effort to export the target-lending strategy to Arkadelphia, a one-hour drive from Little Rock, Arkansas.
After purchasing Arkadelphia's Elk Horn Bank, the bank
began to revitalize the rural area by mobilizing capital for
poor but determined small-business entrepreneurs. South
Shore has helped start similar targeted lending programs
in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and in Kansas City,
Baltimore's plan for implementing federal assistance offered through a 1994 Urban Empowerment Zone grant
award includes commitments by several local banks to
provide $50 million in loans to businesses and residents
within the targeted zone.
Contact Information
South Shore Bank
71st and Jeffery Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois 60649-2096
Business Watch
Business Watch programs deter and detect crimes and
diminish opportunities for crime.
Crime Problem Addressed
operation identification: marking all equipment, machines, etc., with traceable identification numbers for deterrence and tracing;
robbery prevention: eliminating "easy prey" crime opportunities;
This strategy reduces many types of crimes, including
shoplifting, theft, burglary, purse snatching, and vandalism
against and around business. Just as citizen preparedness
and surveillance in Neighborhood Watch programs have
led to a reduction of crime in residential areas, this strategy can reduce crime against businesses as well as other
Key Components
Business Watch primarily establishes links among small
businesses, and between them and the police. Basicall.;
Business Watch is businesses (sometimes with community groups) taking systematic steps to reduce opportunities for crimes in and around business locations. It includes training business personnel to be eyes and ears for
the police. In Business Watch areas, crime prevention
police officers and business leaders assist business owners, operators, and employees in:
reporting crime: effectively observing and reporting to
police on crimes and ,.uspicious activities that could lead
to crime;
burglary prevention: adding security measures to
impede criminals, detect criminal activ4 and communicate with the police: and
self-protection: learning to recognize dangerous situations, and learning how to prevent, avoid, or flee them.
Business Watch programs often have a business leader
act as the block security chief for the participating businesscs. One or more police officers are usually assigned
to be the liaison with the Business Watch group. The local
civic association or other community groups may also participate, lending extra eyes and ears, especially for periods
when the businesses are closed. Sometimes the businesses are linked to each other and to the police through
radio or fax machine message trees. Radio-equipped delivery and service vehicles may also become part of Business Watch.
Key Partnerships
Key partnerships are those among the businesses and
business people themselves and their organization and
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350 7i,sted Strategies to Prevent Crime
leaders. They in turn, form a key partnership with the
significant part of Detroit's police force. It has developed
local police department, and especially with its crime pre-
extensive methodologies and materials for Business
Watch, with emphasis on eliminating opportunities for
vention or watch liaison officers. Other partners can be
the local citizens' association, church, Chamber of Commerce, or other groups interested in a safe and prosperous
business base in the community.
Potential Obstacles
Sometimes it takes time to convince busy business owners
that they can to a large degree control the incidence of
crime in and around their operation. It can be difficult to
keep businesses active in Business Watch when the costs
and threat of crime have been reduced. Some police departments require a fixed percentage of businesses in the
area to participate actively to qualify for Business Watch
recognition and support (such as signs, reguiar meetings.
etc. ).
Signs of Success
Many local police departments have documented significant reductions in reported crime where Neighborhood or
Business Watch programs are instituted. For example,
burglary rates in Seattle, Washington, were cut in half in
Watch neighborhoods. When St. Louis, Missouri, introduced its city-wide crime prevention and Watch programs,
substantial reductions were realized in both violent crimes
against persons and property crimes.
Applying the Strategy
The Detroit Police Department has worked very actively
with blocks of businesses to organize and guide Business
Watch programs. The Crime Prevention Section is a very
criminal activity. It eliminates the "easy prey" temptation
by training business personnel in the skills of perceiving
potential crime indicators, protecting themselves, and reporting to the police. Police officers provide blueprints for
business groups organizing meetings and designating security chiefs. They provide checklists for shoplifting prevention, bad check controls, internal theft precautions,
security of premises, and more. The Detroit police have
documented lower crime rates in Business Watch areas.
The Marathon County Sheriff's Department in Wisconsin lu developed a Fleetwatch program: employees of
firms with two-way communications systems in their ve-
hicles become extra eyes and ears of the police. They
report on criminal and suspicious activity, but do not phys-
ically intervene. The Department has supported Farm
Watch in rural areas. There, many ginseng growers were
experiencing thefts of crops and plants. After Farm Watch
with its citizen patrols was instituted, there were no documented ginseng thefts over a two-year period.
Contact Information
Detroit Police Department
Crime Prevention Unit
2110 Park Avenue, Suite 332
Detroit, Michigan 48201
Marathon County Sheriff s Office
W'ausau, Wisconsin 54403
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Business Alliance: Planning Jhr Business and Community PartnershOs. Washington, DC, August 1994.
Washington State Crime Prevention Association. Business
!Mitch Manual: Preventing Crimes Against Businesses.
SAFECO Corporation, August 1993.
Violence is one of the
most pressing social
problems and important
public health issues
American society.
he fear that so often accompanies violence threatens the nation's civic life
because it makes citizens retreat from community activity in search of security.
Violence among youth has increased significantly over the past decade, leading many
localities to view youth as the problem's source. The costs of violence burden local
and community institutions: violence drains the budgets and staff of schools, hospitals,
businesses, courts, and social service agencies. Prevention and enforcement can effectively address violence in communities.
Effective violence prevention addresses an array of causes through partnerships of
local government and community residents. Innovative approaches to violence at the
local level recognize the need to sanction violent offenders and support victims. Community and local government action can prevent additional victimization because such
action signals community standards and a commitment to residents' safety and security
The strategies highlighted in this chapter represent a sample of varied local responses to violence. In each case, the communities involved achieved results when
they drew on grassroots energy and resources, as well as local government partner-
ships with other community sectors. Important partners include parents, youth,
schools, churches, and other community organizations.
This collection profiles the following successful, cost-effective local partnerships.
Restitution to victims. Repayment of damages to victims enhances offenders'
accountability Among youth offenders who participate in the Earn-lt restitution program sponsored by Keene, New Hampshire's municipal court, 80 to 85 percent do not
become repeat offenders. The sentencing alternative requires that nonviolent offenders
set aside two-thirds of their earnings from court-arrangqd jobs as restitution to the
individual or institution they victimized.
Conflict mediation training for youth. Young people need communication
skills and an ability to deal with anger in nonviolent ways. New \brk's Resolving Conflict
Creatively Program is cosponsored by the city's public schools and Educators for
Social Responsibility. Seventy percent of teachers involved in the nationally recognized
program has resulted in less name-calling, less classroom violence, and more cooperation and understanding among students. The program has helped teachers understand the value of letting students take responsibility for solving their problems with
350 lested Strategies to Prevent Crime
letes to make their own presentations to middle and high
school classes.
Support for victims of domestic violence. Assistance to victims prevents additional violence because it
demonstrates the community's support. Randy Violence
State-of-the-Art Court Programs, a 1992 publication of the
Strong state laws to combat gang violence.
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
(Reno, Nevada), examines eighteen of the best court programs that support victims of domestic violence. The pub-
Careful drafting of state laws on street gang activity requires knowledge of gangs' nature, extent, and relationship to crime. California's attorney general, legislature,
fication identifies elements common to successful pro-
and governor cooperated in designing a wide array of laws
grams, including services to victims and batterers,
to combat gang violence in communities throughout the
state. The partnership resulted in enactment of the California Street Terrorism Enforcement and Prevention Act,
which focuses on criminal street gangs. The act provides
coordination with prosecutors, and efforts to change laws
affecting victims and their children. Services for victims
include education regarding their legal rights, help filing
charges and obtaining protection orders and custody, and
help obtaining medical, counseling, legal, and financial support through agencies outside the court system.
Prevention of dating violence. Acquaintance rape
and other violence can result from an inability to build
healthy adult relationships. Those who run the Bostonbased Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Project be-
lieve that student athletes enjoy a high status that increases their influence over peers. For this reason, it is
especially important to educate student athletes about
rape, battering, and sexual harassment. Using what it calls
the MVP Playbook, the program guides students through
role plays and discussions about on-campus parties, alcohol and its effect on dating relationships, harassment of
gay and lesbian students, and violence in relationships.
The program challenges male students to develop strategies for dealing with abusive behavior by a fellow student.
In addition to working on campus with fraternities and
for felony prosecution of active gang members, felony penalties against adults who coerce youth into joining a gang,
and possible life terms in prison for murder convictions
involving drive-by shootings. It also outlines penalties for
graffiti vandalism and sale of illegal weapons. Other provisions call for publication of a gang prevention resource
guide for community organizations and in-service teacher
training in preventing gang violence and drug abuse.
Cathedral City, California. applied the law to combat the
city's gang problem. After the Gang Related Activity and
Suppression Program (GRASP) used the law to identify
gang members and enforce against their violence and graffiti vandalism, community incidents of graffiti dropped by
more than two-thirds.
These strategies disprove the notion that violence is
either inevitable or so inveterate that individual and com-
munity action can't make a difference. They show that
community action and government commitment hold the
promise of a nonviolent society.
student government, program personnel train student ath-
Comprehensive Curricula
teach ways to resolve conflict and handle anger and stress.
Comprehensive curricula on violence prevention can reduce victimization, encourage victim assistance. and convey vital information about the dangers of violent conduct
and firearms.
Crime Problem Addressed
Violence against and by elementary school students is a
widespread reality: Violence prevention curricula can improve young children's understanding of appropriate social
behavior and reduce their impulsive and aggressive be-
Effective materials and methods include written lessons
and exercises. videos, role plays, and discussion groups.
Bringing violence prevention into the classroom reinforces
the value of nonviolence for all students and establishes
the teacher as a resource for children who have questions
about resolving conflicts.
Key Partnerships
Many school systems have successfully relied on counselors. nurses, or other specialists to supplement teachers'
efforts to teach nonviolence. The participation of these
other professionals gives students a sense of a supportive
Key Components
network of adults available to help them resolve problems
in a nonviolent way:
Teaching materials and methods must be age-appropriate,
impart problem-solving and communications skills. and
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Potential Obstacles
Materials geared to the wrong age group will not produce
the desired effect on students. School systems must carefully review available curricula to determine which would
work best with their student population. When curriculum
programs provide materials for different age groups, the
same students can participate over a number of years,
improving their chances of long-term skill development and
information retention.
An evaluation of the preschool/kindergarten curriculum
showed that participants' violence prevention knowledge
and skills surpassed those of nonparticipants. The study
also noted that preschool and kindergarten children increased their social skills knowledge after completing the
program. Evaluations of the curriculum for grades 1
through 3. 4 through 5, and 6 through 8 yielded similar
Applying the Strategy
Signs of Success
Richmond Youth Against Violence bases its strategies on
an eighteen-session curriculum for sixth graders, an eight-
The Committee for Children. a Seattle-based nonprofit
session format for ninth graders, and a peer mediation
organization founded in 1979, has developed Second Step,
program in middle schools. Violence prevention facilitators
in each school counsel students. Parent and neighborhood
involvement strengthens the program. Reportedly partici-
a set of comprehensive curricula for preschool through
eighth grade. Through role plays, discussions, and videos,
children gain empathy, self-control, problem-solving and
communications skills, understanding of appropriate behavior, and the ability to manage anger. The program is
designed to benefit all children, not just high-risk students.
pation in the Virginia program has decreased students'
fear and hostility, increased their problem-solving skills.
and reduced fighting on school grounds.
First piloted in 1987, the program serves over a million
children annually, primarily in school settings. Program
Contact Information
materials for preschool through fifth grade are available in
Committee for Children
Spanish as well as English. The committee also offers
172 20th Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98122
206-322-5050 or 800-634-4449
training videos and technical support to those who implement the program.
Train Professionals To Recognize Child Victims
victims and treating them effectively, and becoming involved in community projects that serve children in need.
Hospital personnel, lawyers, justice system officials, and
psychiatrists should receive training that enables them to
recognize child victims of violence and abuse, understand
their special needs, and act as their advocates.
Key Partnerships
Crime Problem Addressed
According to a 1994 article in Parade magazine, each .ear
approximately two million children are physically or sexually abused, while untold others are neglected or emotionally harassed. Other research indicates that firearms
are the fifth-leading cause of accidental death for children
under fifteen: one in six pediatricians has treated a child
for a gun-related injury This strategy aims to train health
care, legal, and other professionals to recognize child
abuse, treat children who are victims of violence, and act
as their advocates.
Key Components
Professionals likely to encounter child victims need training and cross-training in appropriate legal and medical pro-
cedures for dealing with child abuse, recognizing child
Agencies and institutions with staff who regularly interact
with or treat child victims must recognize the benefits of
coordinating the efforts of well-trained professionals. Law
and medical schools can provide trainers. Professional as-
sociations can also cooperate in creating training programs and fostering cooperation among their members
who staff key agencies.
Potential Obstacles
Professionals such as lawyers and physicians may be reluctant to admit shortcomings in their ability to recognize
and assist child victims. Formal training agreements
among institutions help generate and sustain cooperation
among individuals in the system.
Signs of Success
The Chicago-based Civitas Initiative grew out of a local
lawyer's concern about the treatment of abused children
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within the court and foster-care bureaucracies. The program cross-trains law and psychiatry students to improve
each group's understanding of legal procedures, ability to
evaluate medical reports, and use resources available to
assist victims.
dents and medical students who will serve the community
through area hospitals and clinics that treat children.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center to
Prevent Handgun Violence sponsor educational and train-
In the program, law students train with emergency
through the Stop Firearm Injury program. The program
room doctors, ride with police officers responding to calls,
and join social workers in home visits to affected families.
In turn, psychiatry students attend law school classes and
monitor court proceedings. The U.S. Department of Jus-
provides doctors and others with brochures, posters,
tice (DOD and the American Bar Association have endorsed the program. Area prosecutors and local govern-
ing materials for pediatric health care professionals
reading lists, and other information to help them recognize
child victims of gun violence and refer victims and their
families to other service providers as needed. Thousands
of physicians have received and used the materials.
ment agencies that serve children's needs have pledged to
continue cooperative training agreements.
Applying the Strategy
Baylor College of Medicine, in Texas. has expanded its
cross-training program to include thirty psychiatry resi-
Contact Information
American Academy of Pediatrics
141 Northwest Point Boulevard
PO. Box 927
Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60009-0927
Public Dialogue and Community Mediation
Community-based public dialogues help identify neighborhood issues and resolve disputes among groups.
Crime Problem Addressed
The strategy addresses a wide array of neighborhood issues. including intergroup relations, nuisance abatement.
landlord-tenant complaints, threats, vandalism, and other
disputes that could escalate into violence.
Key Components
Systems through which to refer cases from community
groups, the courts, police, and other city agencies help
community-based mediators identify neighborhood issues
requiring resolution. Volunteer mediators and discussion
leaders help disputants recognize issues of concern, accept responsibility without threats, and identify strategies
to resolve the conflict. Formal hearings serve as the setting for discussion of complaints, lending structure and
credibility to the grassroots process. Some local groups
use a more informal system of discussion leaders, working
through community organizers and other informally established community leaders.
Key Partnerships
Schools. police, probation agencies, and area courts advance the program by referring cases for resolution. Such
referrals relieve schools and the law enforcement system
from the burden of dealing with disputes that neighborhood leaders could resolve. lbuth serve as vital partners
in mediating school-related disputes. Community newspapers and grassroots word-of-mouth networks help publicize the community dialogue and mediation services.
Potential Obstacles
Community-wide education that informs residents of this
method of conflict resolution can be difficult to finance.
Community newspapers and other local commuMcations
networks help increase the program's visibility and spread
word of success. Courts and other institutions help reinforce the program's value by referring cases.
Signs of Success
The Community Board Program in San Francisco uses
community activism to resolve conflict among groups.
Schools, courts, public housing councils, juvenile corrections facilities, and other local government agencies refer
cases for mediation by staff or volunteers. Hearings run
by trained volunteer youth or adult mediators serve as the
forum for airing and resolving disputes. The cadre of three
hundred mediators work out of more than eighty donated
sites, mostly in neighborhood settings. Requests for mediation and other services reached 1.200 in 1991 and have
grown steadily since. Services expanded to include peer
mediation in juvenile correction facilities. Staff members
of social service agencies and the community board also
mediate between child pnitection workers and families.
Applying the Strategy
The Study Circles Resource Center of the Connecticutbased Topsfield Foundation advocates formation of community-level study circles or discussion groups as a means
of discussing issues and resolving problems among neighbors. The center publishes The Study Circle Handbook: A
Manual for Study Circle Discussant Leaders, Organizers,
and ThrticiPants, a guide to forming local study circles. A
discussion pide shows communities how local groups are
using discussion circles to resolve neighborhood disputes.
The Common Enterprise group of San Antonk), Texas.
emphasizes building the community, resolving conflict. and
achieving consensus "across broadly diverse and contentious communities."
Contact Information
Executive Director. Community Board Program
1540 Market Street, Suite 490
San Francisco, California 94102
"Ii)psfield Foundation
PO. Box 203
Pomfret. Connecticut 06258
Information Networks on Gang Activity
Information and communication networks amcmg law en-
forcement agencies and the general public help identify
gang leaders and track their activities in and across jurisdictions.
Crime Problem Addressed
This strategy aims to provide law enforcement agencies
with the up-to-date information they need to identify
track, and apprehend violent juveniles who belong to
gangs. The problems addressed through this strategy include assaults and homicides associated with gang-related
drug trafficking and conflicts among rival gangs.
Key Components
Networks of agencies, usually headed by law enforcement.
share information on contacts with known or sespected
gang members. looking for changes in their behavior associates, or involvement in criminal activity Shared information includes photos. arrest records, intelligence on on-
going investigations, and resource lists of services to
which a gang-involved youth could be referred. The means
of sharing the information varies by community but may
include newsletters, on-line networks, fax links, and reports on changes in the behavior of youth following their
participation in prevention and intervention programs. In
many communities the network's mission includes a prevention comp(ment and outreach to parents of gang-involved ycfuth.
Key Partnerships
Agencies outside of law enforcement are key partners in
this strategy Local government and community-based social service agencies. recreation programs. counsefing re-
sources, and family outreach projects represent a continuum of supports that can be br(fught to bear on behalf of
Potential Obstacles
Concern about legal restrictions on sharing confidential
records of juveniles may result in minimal agency partici-
pation. Careful law enforcement agents may initially
choose not to open records of investigations and enforcement activity to other agencies' staff. Legal consultation
and careful interagency planning can yield a policy that
provides useful information without violating a juvenile's
right to privacy.
Signs of Success
Yonkers. New York, established Operation 1.1). to identify
gang-involved and at-risk youth and change their behavior.
In the program a network of city agencies assist participating youth with job referrals, counseling, and outreach
to parents. Law enforcement officers work directly with
the youth, advising them and, when necessary, arranging
home visits by Community Affairs Division staff to determine the extent of family problems. Parental responsibility
ranks high among the program's priorities. The year before the program began, gang activity increased by 66
percent: the N'ear after, it increased only 3 percent.
Applying the Strategy
Fresno, California's Law Enforcenkalt Gang Information
Network provides information that helps heal police capture gang-involved criminal suspects. The school district.
local Boys & Girls Club, count probation department.
district attorney. and Fresm wlice and c( flinty sheriffs
departments have participated.
35(1 'tested Strategies to Prerent Crime
Columbus. Ohio's police department observes gang
members and has them self-report so that police can tar-
get leaders whose activities should be monitored. The
department distributes a newsletter on gang activities during morning roll call. providing patrol officers with current
information on activities of the area's known gang leaders.
The information proves valuable to investigations of gangrelated incidents.
Contact Information
Planning and Management Unit
Yonkers Police Department
104 South Broadway
Yonkers, New York 10701
Multiagency Gang Interdiction Teams
sponsibilities help eliminate interagency conflicts and increase the potential for successful collaboration.
Multiagency representation on gang interdiction teams
re'nforces the support systems for rehabilitation of gang
members, helping to turn them from gang activity.
Signs of Success
In Cathedral Cit; California. reported incidents of graffiti
dropped from 3,600 in 1992 to 400 in 1993. The police
Crime Problem Addressed
This strategy represents an integrated local government
effort to enforce against crimes related to youth gangs,
particularly the violent offenses that devastate communi-
ties. The team's multidisciplinary nature increases its
ability to deliver services to gang-involved youth and its
capacity for community outreach.
department heads GRASP which focuses on graffiti abatement. The GRASP team receives support from the school
system and includes a bilingual diversion counselor and a
community representative. 'learn members have presented prevention programs to area students, initiated a
media campaign against gangs, and involved parents in
weekly meetings to discuss local youth-related policies on
drug enforcement and probation. GRASP's success has
Key Components
Teams led by law enforcement and representing multiple
agencies include school personnel, residents, youth diversion counselors, staff of the district attorney's office, probation department personnel, and, in some cities, university research staff who provide support for crime analysis.
The teams share information but also develop coordinated
gang-enforcement strategies, including dissemination of
prevention information and apprehension of gang leaders
and others involved in gang activities.
Key Partnerships
The enforcement team should represent youth services.
law enforcement, the juvenile justice system, and other
agencies that address juvenile crime. Schools can help
prevent gang-related crime by providing mportunities for
gang-enforcement team members to irterd'i with students.
made it a model of interagency cooperation throughout the
Applying the Strategy
The Tri-Agency Resource Gang Enforcement Team of
Westminster, California, combines the efforts of law enforcement staff and researchers from California State Uni-
versity to counter the city's youth gang problem. Westminster hired a deputy district attorney an investigator,
and a probation officer to operate the team, which has
based its work on the university's findings. Cooperation
within the team has resulted in creation of a database on
key gang leaders and recidivist gang members and has led
to more convictions of gang-involved offenders, including
seventy-six gang menthers in sixty-two separate cases. A
combination of probation checks, restraining orders, and
investigative work has reduced gang activity within this
Contact Information
Potential Obstacles
Agency "turf' issues and institutional biases against certain prevention or enfiwcement strategies may initially
impede cm therati( )11. Cooperative funding arrangements
and formal policies detailing team members' roles and re-
Chief of Police
8200 Westminster Boulevard
Westminster. Calif( olia 92683
Combine Corrections With Treatment
Potential Obstacles
Correctional facilities for violent juvenile offenders reduce
The combined costs of intensive treatment and small staff-
recidivism when incarceration is combined with treatment, opportunities for achievement, and aftercare focused on reintegration into the community
to-participant ratios in aftercare services can seem prohibitive unless compared to the expense of the juvenile's
recommitment to residential detention. An absence of
Crime Problem Addressed
community-based aftercare programs that provide followup services diminishes the chances that a released youth
The National Council on Crime and Delinquency cites Fed-
eral Bureau of Investigation (FBI) estimates that in 1992
more than 3.200 juveniles were arrested for murder and
nearly 130,000 were arrested for other violent crimes.
While most youth arrests are for property crimes and
status offenses (curfew violations, truancy), the number
of youth committing serious violent offenses challenges
states and localities to reduce recidivism among these
dangerous offenders.
Key Components
The most effective programs provide individualized rehabilitation, treatment, and case management services to a
small population in a secure facility; use a system of rewards and sanctions to modify behavior; promote bonding
with pro-social adults and empathy with victims; and offer
aftercare services to support offenders' reintegration into
the community.
Rehabilitation services include treatment assessments
and individualized therapy over six to nine months. Treatment is often vigorous, using group sessions and role plays
to promote nonviolent expressions of emotion, instill empathy for victims, and encourage personal responsibility
In addition, many programs require detainees to work at
the facility or demonstrate progress in therapy or academics in order to obtain privileges. Aftercare helps a small
number of released offenders find employment, deal with
family conflicts, and avoid criminal behavior.
Key Partnerships
Some programs' primary partner, the adult justice system,
refers clients processed as adults back to the juvenile
system for treatment and incarceration. In such cases, the
juvenile program's residential facility must maintain a close
partnership with the adult system to ensure referrals along
established criteria. Programs that incorporate community reintegration emphasize partnerships with local employment programs; community-based, residential treat-
ment facilities; and family support servicesto increase
the likelihood that the treatment's effects will last beyond
the detention term.
will maintain the progress achieved during treatment.
Comparing participants' recidivism rates with those of
juveniles who have not received treatment or other services is complicated unless control groups are delineated
at the intervention's outset. Treatment groups' small size
makes careful selection of a control or comparison group
a key component in evaluating the program's impact.
Signs of Success
The DOJ-sponsored Violent Juvenile Offender (VJO) Prop-am established small-scale residential treatment, behavior modification, achievement, community reintegration,
and neighborhood supervision services for violent juvenile
offenders in Boston, Detroit, Memphis, and Newark. The
program aimed to strengthen participants' bonds with the
treatment providers in the institutions, encouraged
achievement by rewarding appropriate behavior, and provided participants with individualized psychotherapy. A
1990 evaluation by Rutgers University researchers revealed that "VJO programs can reduce recidivism and
serious crime among violent juvenile offenders." In Boston
and Detroit, where aftercare and community reintegration
components were comprehensive and well implemented,
participating youth had significantly fewer rearrests, and
for offenses that were siplificantly less serious, than youth
who did not participate.
Applying the Strategy
Located in the Everglades and operated by Associated
Marine Institutes, a seven-state network of juvenile progams based in Thmpa, the Florida Environmental Institute is a secure treatment facility for serious and violent
juvenile offenders. Youth referred by the adult justice system average eighteen prior offenses and eleven prior felonies. During a residential stay that averages nine months,
youth receive counseling, work at the facility, and gradu-
ally reintegrate into their home communities. The program's last phase involves release under a strict curfew
and close follow-up by staff who help with job hunting and
offer support in dealing with family conflicts. A follow-up
study revealed that only one-third of participants were
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350 iested Strategies to Prevent Crime
Contact Information
convicted of new crimes within three years of their release
from the program. Only 36 percent of tracked youth returned to juvenile court, compared with 47 to 73 percent
of youth in programs lacking treatment and reintegration
Violent Juvenile Offender Program
School of Criminal Justice
Rutgers University
15 Washington Street, 12th Floor
Newark, New Jersey 07102
Target Serious Habitual Offenders
Comprehensive action and targeted enforcement helps law
enforcement agencies identify and apprehend serious, habitual juvenile offenders. Such programs are most effective
when combined with community-based services aimed at
reducing additional offenses by the same individual.
Crime Problem Addressed
An estimated 6 to 8 percent of juveniles are responsible
for 80 percent of juvenile crime. State and local laws that
restrict sharing of records on adjudicated cases involving
juveniles have limited agencies' access to vital information
on repeat juvenile offenders. Decisions of the juvenile justice system based on incomplete information on past of-
fenses have resulted in sentences for habitual offenders
that may not adequately protect the public. This strategy
focuses on identifying and apprehending repeat offenders
and ensuring that sentencing suits the crime committed.
ing to a rehabilitation plan. Youth are removed from the
SHO list after they show a year of good behavior as determined by the program's standards.
Key Partnerships
The relationships among participating agencies determine
SHOCAP's success. The agencies must establish procedures for sharing information and keeping the database
updated. The program's success is enhanced when state
agencies coordinate SHOCAPs in neighboring jurisdic-
tions. Such coordination addresses concerns about offenders attempting to avoid sanctions by committing
crimes in other communities. The partnership among
agencies must also include outreach to community-based
organizations that serve youth and families and can respond to the needs of youth who have been incarcerated.
Potential Obstacles
State policy prohibiting or limiting access to juveniles' rec-
Key Components
Established by the DOJ's Office of Juvenile Justice and
Delinquency Prevention (OBDP), the Serious Habitual Of-
fender Comprehensive Action Program (SHOCAP) encourages information sharing among local law enforcement,
probation, correctional, and social service agencies, as
well as prosecutors. schools, and community-based organizations that serve youth.
The program's focal point is a database that lists serious, habitual juvenile offenders and integrates information
gathered by all agencies and maintained by a local or state
agency Only staff of participating agencies can access the
database's information. Profiles on each youth enhance
case management and encourage interagency referrals for
family support, therapy and other aftercare services that
reduce recidivism. In addition, participating agencies
agree to procedures that address pretrial pnwedures,
plea bargains, and sentences. Schools help the system by
reporting crimes to the police, particularly those relating
to serious. habitual offenders. The police monitor youth
identified through the program, who sign a contract agree-
ords impedes SHOCAP implementation. Partnerships
among local agencies and among localities can overcome
this problem through education of state policymakers and
community members concerned about confidentiality and
"labeling" youth. Local officials should emphasize that the
database's function is to facilitate assisting the youth and
ensuring sanctions in line with community standards
against violent crime.
Signs of Success
The Illinois Criminal Justice Authority administers the
state's SHOCAP, OBDP's pilot program. The Illinois pro-
gram's database has enhanced the juvenile justice system's credibility by ensuring appropriate and consistent
treatment of chronic juvenile offenders. The SHOs in the
Illinois program are supervised by probation officers while
they perform community service or work to pay restitution. A health center provides therapy, crisis intervention,
and substance-abuse treatment referrals. The state's Department of Children and Family Services receives information on offenders victimized by child abuse or neglect.
The program's success has led the Illinois General Assembly to develop a policy allowing each county to develop
SHOCAPs within guidelines that respect state confidentiality laws.
ted in conjunction with citizen patrols, a crime prevention
program on local cable TV, community policing, and crime
prevention surveys of residents' homes. In 1994 the city's
crime rate was the lowest in twenty years.
Applying the Strategy
Contact Information
Oxnard, California's SHOCAP helped identify the community's "top 40" juvenile offenders. Record sharing that
Director Drug Information and Analysis Center
Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 1016
Chicago, Illinois 60606
increased the number of apprehensions and provided prosecutors with vital information helped reduce juvenile crime
1) 38 percent within four years. SHOCAP was implemen-
Restitution by Juvenile Offenders
Restitution to victims reinforces youth offenders' accountability to victims and the community while building selfesteem and job skills likely to help prevent repeat offenses.
Crime Problem Addressed
Nationwide, 16 percent of all arrests in 1992 involved ju-
jobs available to youth offenders. The juvenile justice
agency and the court must develop an outreach program
to build community support for this sentencing alternative
and locate job opportunities for the youth participants.
Community-based agencies can help suppor
by integrating the work component with life-.
and job training and by helping participants understand how
work builds self-esteem.
veniles younger than eighteen. According to the FBI.
nearly 85 percent of arrests of juveniles involved property
crimes and other nonviolent offenses. When the value of
property stolen or damaged can be assessed, restitution
programs enhance offenders sense of personal responsibility, build empathy for victims, and reinforce consequences for criminal behavior.
Key Components
Restitution programs typically originate as a sentencing
alternative imposed by the juvenile justice system on nonviolent offenders. Court-ordered community-service programs require juvenile offenders to work at jobs in public
agencies or conlmunity organizations and contribute onehalf to two-thirds of their stipend as payment for damages
they caused. The sponsoring agency provides the stipends, although sonic programs require youth to work
without p4 at nonprofit agencies or city departments.
Many restitution programs have expanded to include
education in job skills, life skills, values, and prevention.
Some programs also include academic enrichment and tutoring for offenders or referrals to community-based service providers. Restitution programs are usually operated
by juvenile courts, probation agencies, or communitybased agencies working under contract for the court.
Key Partnerships
The program's effective operation requires that public
agencies, community organizations, or private firms make
Potential Obstacles
Community members may advocate for incarceration of
nonviolent, as well as violent, juvenile offenders. The agen-
cies administering the program must concentrate on pro-
viding the youth with an array of services that bolster
community acceptance as they help prevent additional offenses. Through its restitution provisions and its required
training in job and survival skills, the program should concentrate on making youth more responsible and accountable.
Signs of Success
Eighty to 85 percent of youth offenders who participate in
the Earn-lt restitution program sponsored by the municipal court in Keene. New Hampshire, do not become repeat offenders. The sentencing alternative requires that
nonviolent offenders set aside two-thirds of their earnings
from court-arranged jobs to pay restitution to the individual or institution they victimized.
Applying the Strategy
Muth in the Juvenile W'ork Restitution Program in Graham. North Carolina. are assigned to work sites where
they are supervised by the community agency that administers the program. Participants also attend a self-esteem
and job-training course. The program reinforces personal
responsibihty and accountability by requiring that the
youth write letters of apology to their victims.
350 Tested Strategies to Prevent Crime
Contact Information
Following a somewhat different model for restitution,
California's juvenile justice system requires youth detainees to attend an "Impact of Crime on Victims" course as
part of the crime prevention and law-related education
curriculum. Since 1990 the California Youth Authority has
invited victims advocates to speak to the youth, who have
raised funds for specific victims and for community-based
victims services programs. The program has given the
youth social, problem-solving, and teamwork skills.
Earn-It Program Manager
Earn-It Keene Program
City Hall
3 Washington Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03431
Director, Almanac Friends of Youth
124 West Elm Street
Graham, North Carolina 27253
Boot Camps
Key Partnerships
Physical conditioning, leadership, and counseling in a mil-
Juvenile justice system partnerships with correctional
agencies, military resources, and community-based pro-
itary-style setting diverts juvenile offenders from more
grams help increase the likelihood that discipline imparted
during the program will last through reintegration into the
expensive long-term residential detention while building life
skills and discipline that the youth need to avoid criminal
behavior when they return to the community
community The program administrator must seek program support from local and state legislators by informing
them that participation reduces recidivism and helps avoid
the need for expanded juvenile detention facilities.
Crime Problem Addressed
States and localities faced with overcrowding in juvenile
detention facilities and concerned about public demands for
tough sanctions on juvenile offenders have turned to juvenile "boot camps" as one method of preventing recidivism. Juveniles spend less time in boot camps, with their
military-style discipline and conditioning programs, than
in prison.
Potential Obstacles
Some members of the juvenile justice system oppose boot
camps because they consider them too punitive and fear
that their military-style discipline is abusive and may reinforce the type of confrontational and violent behavior that
the detainees have already exhibited. Others in the community object to a program if its staff fails to reflect the
youth population's diversity or its setting is far from the
detainees' home communities. The program should establish clear goals for participants and definite selection criteria so that program interventions can be evaluated and
revised as needed. Evaluations have shown that aftercare
is critical.
Key Components
Military-style physical conditioning and leadership training
form the basis for the programs. which imitate, in a residential setting, a boot-camp orientation lasting 90 to 120
days. At any given time, the programs serve many youths,
including those who would otherwise have been incarcerated. Whether their particiPation is mandatory or voluntary the youths typically serve less time than those who
are incarcerated.
Typically, current and former military personnel or law
enforcement personnel from neighboring jurisdictions provide the training in physical conditioning and leadership.
Program sites have included former military installations
Signs of Success
As of 1993, fifty-nine state and ten local boot camps had
been established for adults in twenty-nine states. The nine
boot camps for juvenile offenders typically offer significant
counseling and rehabilitation services in addition to community reintegration programs.
In a 1993 Government Accounting Office study of boot
camps, eleven of the twenty-six states surveyed reported
that their programs helped reduce overcrowding in juvenile facilities. A recent National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
report cites a New York Department of Correctional Services study that concluded. "without the boot camp pro-
and facilities built by juvenile courts and correctional agencies.
Additional services include counseling, educational enhancement, and aftercare that includes help finding a job
and intensive community supervision for a period following
gram, the department would need 1,846 more beds." The
same NIJ report cites Louisiana's estimate that its bootcamp program saved 154 beds.
during a twenty-month follow-up, that rate is considerably
less than the rate among incarcerated youth who did not
Applying the Strategy
cocaine-related charges; in general, those who were rear-
The About Face Program is a juvenile boot camp for nonviolent males, aged fourteen through seventeen, sentenced
by the Memphis, Tennessee, juvenile court. A Memphis
State University evaluation found some promising changes
among the 245 participants: an average improvement in
academic achievement scores of one grade level; improved
math and vocabulary performance; and changes in important psychological measures such as risk of addiction, commitment to goals, and attitudes about law and order. Al-
participate in the program. Also, program participants
showed a dramatically reduced incidence of rearrest on
rested had committed much less serious offenses than
rearrested nonparticipants.
Contact Information
Director of Operations, About Face
Youth Service USI'L
314 South Goodiet
Memphis, Tennessee 38124
though nearly half of the participants were rearrested
Teach Juveniles the Consequences of Violence
Key Partnerships
Hospital-based or community programs that demonstrate
the stark, lifelong consequences of violence for victims and
offenders encourage offenders and other youth to avoid
Programs dealing with violent behavior's physical consequences are based on partnerships among health profes-
violent behavior.
Crime Problem Addressed
According to OJJDP-sponsored research, annually almost
7 percent of U.S. youth are victims of violent crime, and
there are fourteen youth victims for every violent youthful
offender arrested. Research by the National Association
of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions shows that
the average cost of treating a child wounded by gunfire is
more than $14,000, enough to pay for a year of college.
Some experts estimate that the country spends as much
as $14 billion annually to rehabilitate gunshot victims,
many of whom require long-term stays in specialized
treatment facilities.
sionals, the juvenile justice system, community-based
programs serving at-risk or violent youth, and schools.
While the health care facility presents an appropriate
forum for the program, participation by community agencies that serve victims and by community-based counseling programs enhances the program's success.
Potential Obstacles
Busy hospital and trauma center staff may find it difficult
to set aside time to administer and deliver the program.
Additional resources from the health care facility, law enforcement, or commtinity-based victim assistance services support program implementation. The stark details
of violence's physical consequences can themselves be
traumatic; the program must be carefully designed so that
it sensitizes youth without unduly frightening them.
Key Components
In the typical program, hospital-based and other health
professionals give presentations to at-risk youth or youth
offenders. The presentations detail the physical and other
consequences of head and spinal cord injuries, examine
risky violence-related behaviors of youth, and highlight the
impact on injured victims and perpetrators through testimonials on the trauma caused by injury Some programs
include field trips to hospital trauma centers and films
depicting consequences of violent and other risky behavior.
Youth are referred to these programs by schools, courtsponsored programs, and community reintegration programs for juvenile offenders.
Signs of Success
The Southeastern Michigan Spinal Cord Injury Center operates an effective program in which paraplegic and quadriplegic victims of gun violence give youth presentations
that demonstrate violent behavior's consequences. The
testimonials reach the students in a way that lectures
cannot. The program has developed effective partnerships
among police, schools, and victims groups.
In 1989 the D.C. Hospital Center launched the Washington Community Violence Prevention Program. In two
weeks of classes, middle school students receive instruction from a team of trauma nurses, victims from the corn-
350 -.tested Strategies to l'rerent Crime
munity and a lawyer. The program also includes field trips,
education in administering first aid, training in conflict
management, and realistic discussion of the extensive
physical and emotional rehabilitation that victims of violence often require. Teens consider the program effective
because it personalizes violence and reminds them that
they must take responsibility in order to remain safe.
presentations to the audience, ensuring that the students
share similar ethnic backgrounds with the speakers and
Contact Information
The Think First program offered through the Head and
Washington Community Violence Prevention Program
Washington Hospital Center, Room 4B-46
110 Irving Street. NW
Washington, DC 20010
Spinal Cord Injury Prevention Program of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago teaches students about injuries'
consequences and leading causes, including violence and
other risky behavior. In addition to viewing videos and
Coordinator, Head and Spinal Cord Injury Prevention
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Applying the Strategy
holding discussions with health care professionals, the
youth participants talk to victims of traumatic injury
caused by violence. The institute tailors the program and
345 East Superior Street
Chicago. Illinois 60611
Address Violence as a Public Health Problem
ents, community groups, the clergy and business leaders
Curricula and programs that focus on violence as a pre-
agencies and others to form a network of services. Referrals can connect youth and families to organizations and
resources that work to prevent violence.
Community-wide campaigns, publicized through the
mass media and through community-level resources, raise
awareness about violence's impact on the community help
ventable public health problem encourage involvement of a
wide array of community resources to address violence
and its causes.
Crime Problem Addressed
From 1988 to 1994 the homicide rate among males fifteen
to nineteen years old rose 154 percent, according to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The American Psychological Association reports that homicide is now
the leading cause of death for African-American youth. As
reported in Health Affairs magazine, in 1987 physical in-
all have resources to contribute. Coalitions spur local
recruit resources to community-based coalitions, and
reinforce community standards against violence by promoting healthy, nonviolent behavior.
Physicians, nurses, and o11ier health care providers
should be trained in violence prevention techniques, including ways to counsel youth and teach them to manage
jury from violent crime cost about $10 billion in healthrelated expenses and $23 billion in lost productivity: it
also caused a reduction in the quality of life equivalent to
$145 billion. The public health approach to violence focuses
The group coordinating the campaign must seek broad
representation of the community and key youth-serving
on prevention, particularly on education and action aimed
at reducing violence-related risk factors.
Key Partnerships
organizations to ensure that the coalition reflects the array
of resources that support violence prevention. Hospitals.
Key Components
clinics, and state health agencies must be mobilized to
communicate violence prevention as a priority in their in-
A successful public health campaign against violence requires violence prevention curricula, community coalitions, a public awareness campaign that involves the mass
media, and clinical education and training.
stitutions. Business leaders can assist with resources
needed to launch the public awareness campaign.
Potential Obstacles
Communit y- or school-based programs must foster
Community residents' perceptions that violence is an intractable problem can be difficult to overcome. Effective
community coalitions and coordination of services can
fveroinie fear and inertia. A cf fmnfitment, on the part of
conflict mediation, students' ability to manage anger. and
other violence prevention skills in youth, teachers. and
agencies that serve youth.
Coalitions should focus on identifying and addressing
neighborhood-level risk factors for violence. Schools, par-
local political leaders, to ensuring cof )rdinatk in of service
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providers helps to address concerns about referring youth
and families to those able to provide the assistance they
between youth and police have enhanced the program and
contributed to declining youth homicide rates for each year
from 1990 to 1994.
Signs of Success
Applying the Strategy
In 1982 the Boston City Department of Health and Hospitals initiated a program to prevent youth violence. The
program centered on a ten-session curriculum developed
The Injury Prevention and Control Unit of New Jersey's
department of health focuses on violence prevention in the
state's three urban areas with the highest rates of death
from gunfire. The unit has trained health care professionals to recognize youth at risk for violent behavior, developed policies for physician referral of cases involving vio-
by physician Deborah Prothrow-Stith. Initially used in high
school classrooms, the lessonswhich present ..iolence
statistics and address ways to avert violencehave since
become the building blocks of a more comprehensive effort
to reach the whole community with information on preventing violence.
The nationally known program, which incorporates ed-
lence, and involved youth in advocacy 'of prevention
policies. The agency is also involved in a statewide task
force on school violence.
velopment of the "Friends for Life, Friends Don't Let
The Adolescent Violence Prevention Project of Hartford, Connecticut's city hospital includes a violence prevention curriculum. Supported by a local foundation, this
successful program has resulted in a community-level coalition, has increased coordination among agencies that
serve area youth and families, and has launched t he "Chill
13 4 It Gets 2 Hot" media campaign.
Friends Fight" media campaign and "Increase the Peace"
weeks, distributed "teen survival" booklets at heaith and
Contact Information
ucation and training for youth-serving agencies, has
trained over five thousand individuals and two hundred
agencies as of 1993. In addition, the Boston Violence Prevention Project contributed to the formation of the Community Coalition to Prevent Black Homicide, spurred de-
community centers, networked service providers, and
trained nurses in methods of counseling youth hospitalized
with intentionally inflicted injuries. Other city-sponsored
efforts to increase community policing and partnerships
Bostcr Violence Prevention Project
Depart,nent of Health and Hospitals
1010 Massachusetts Avenue, 2nd Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02118
In-School Probation
In-school probation keeps the nonviolent offender connected to the educational setting. helps ensure discipline,
and enhances compliance with behavioral standards
cooperate to address behavior standards for the students,
assist with academic difficulties, and address absenteeism
and discipline problems. The programs, which often teach
school staff about the probation agency and teach probation
through intensive supervision provided by the probation
personnel about the schools, show how services can be
combined to avoid duplication and improve assistance to
youth on probation and their families.
Crime Problem Addressed
Key Partnerships
Daily school districts throughout the country confront
The participating agencies develop referral procedures,
implement programs for involving parents, and establish
links with substance abuse treatment, counseling, and
other services needed by youth and their families.
concerns about keeping juvenile probatkmers connected to
the educational system whenever possible while maintaining discipline in the school. Police and probation departments view in-school probation as a strategy for monitoring the activities of youth on probation in a confined setting
that provides a place for meetings with school officials,
families, and youth-serving agencies.
Key Components
Probation agencies and school departments coordinate the
placement of probation officers in school buildings. They
Potential Obstacles
School officials and community leaders who oppose school-
based probation usually (lo so because they believe that
students on probation should be expelled or placed on long-
term suspension to prevent them from disrupting the
school environment. Communities without alternative
school settings for such students should be encouraged to
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understand how in-school probation reinforces the discipline required in the school environment while keeping the
youth in class and out of trouble in the community. The
assignment of probation officers to the school should alleviate the concerns of some school officials who worry
about the prospect of supervising students with a history
of violent or other criminal offenses.
Signs of Success
Since 1990 the Juvenile Probation Department of Lehigh
County, Pennsylvania, has assigned officers to four of the
school district's middle schools. In 1993 the program expanded to include placement of probation officers in each
locations. The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and
Delinquency offers the program to other counties.
Applying the Strategy
The Straight Talk About Risks Project in Conroe, Texas,
combines in-school supervision of junior high school youth
on probation with educational support. The program helps
reduce disruptive behavior and build self-discipline among
young probationers.
Contact Information
dents on probation remain in school, intervene with referrals to treatment services when they encounter students
Chief Juvenile Probation Officer
Lehigh County Courthouse
455 Hamilton Street
P.O. Box 1548
Allentown, Pennsylvania 18105
with substance abuse problems, and participate with
of the two secondary schools. The officers serve as a
liaison between the school and families, ensure that stu-
school staff in Student Assistance Program Teams. A project evaluation revealed a decrease in disciplinary problems
in participating schools, including suspensions and deten-
tions, and a decrease in absenteeism. The program has
since been duplicated in twenty-nine other Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency
P.O. Box 1167
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17108-1167
Diversion From Incarceration
grams include an array of community-based services to
Diversion of juvenile offenders into intensive monitoring
and support programs in community settings provides localities with a less costly and more effective strategy for
reducing recidivism among juveniles who have committed
less serious offenses.
Crime Problem Addressed
Statistics cited in a U.S. News & World Report article
indicate that juvenile crime increased by 250 percent from
1984 to 1994. The National School Boards Association
reported in 1993 that one in four schools is vandalized
each month, resulting in $200 million in maintenance and
repair costs borne by local taxpayers. A National League
of Cities survey of seven hundred cities revealed that
school violence significantly increased from 1990 to 1994.
This strategy aims to provide the juvenile justice system
with an effective sentencing alternative for cases involving
juvenile offenders convicted of property crimes or less
serious violent crimes without sacrificing public safety.
Key Components
'l'ypically developed in response to overcrowding in juvenile detention facilities and based on the belief that stabilit y
reduces the likelihood of rearrest, juvenile diversion pro-
support the youthful offender, prevent reoffending through
supervision, and promote academic and employment suc-
cess. Programs are operated by juvenile courts or by
community-based agencies under contract to the court.
An extensive evaluation of each youth provides casework staff with information needed to develop individualized treatment, supervision, and referral plans for each
offender. Regular in-home meetings with families, school
consultations, and any needed referrals to counseling and
substance abuse treatment services help caseworkers
track the progress of the youth assigned to them. The
program staff serve as role models and mentors, keeping
in almost daily contact with the youth and acting as their
advocates within the juvenile justice and social service
systems. Program staff may include court personnel, specially trained community organizations or university students, or social workers.
Key Partnerships
A successful program requires small caseloads for staff
so that they have time to develop partnerships with the
youth, family members, counselors, and others assisting
the youth. Formal agreements among participating agencies help establish staff roles and responsibilities and ensure proper monitoring of the youth's progress in the program.
Potential Obstacles
Community members may resist diversion programs, believing that they represent inadequate punishment for ju-
compared with only 46 percent of those in the group that
focused on family relationships and 33 percent of those
paired with a university student who emphasized relationship building.
venile offenders and may put the public at risk of additional
victimization. Clear standards for participation must be
developed to exclude the most violent offenders. Programs
should track participants and collect information that demonstrates cost savings compared to incarceration and re-
duced recidivism among participants compared to that
among other juveniles detained for similar offenses.
Signs of Success
The Michigan State Diversion Project for juveniles is
based on the premise that juvenile offenders respond better to intervention implemented outside the juvenile justice
system. Believing that the youth's family and community
provide the best context for successful treatment, the
program's implementers set up intensive monitoring, home
visits, and school follow-up. The average age of youth
participants was fourteen: on average, they appeared in
court one and a half times for status offenses, property
crimes, or less serious crimes against persons. The program paired different youth with different contactsjuvenile court staff, family members, or university students
who stressed relationship building.
An evaluation of the program supports the view that
connection with the juvenile justice system might increase
the likelihood of rearrest. Sixty-seven percent of the youth
paired with court personnel reoffended within two years.
Applying the Strategy
The Juvenile Upgrading Motivating Program in Cleveland,
lennessee, serves delinquent youth through the county
juvenile court. A partnership between the court and the
school system, the program provides judges with a sentencing alternative for juveniles who have committed minor
offenseS. The program focuses on improving student motivation, academic performance, and school attendance and
on preNenting rearrest. Students arrive at school at 7 a.m.
for breakfast, group therapy, and educational progress re-
views. Some students are permitted to opt into the program as part of a dropout prevention strategy agreed to
by parents and school administrators. The program has
become popular with school administrators and court officials who are pleased that discipline problems have declined, academic performance has improved, and attendance has improved for most student participants.
Contact Information
Department of Psychology
135 Snyder Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing. Michigan 48824-1117
Prevent Bullying
School-based assistance programs for victims of bullies
help prevent additional confrontations and establish a
school climate in which fear and intimidation are not tolerated.
Crime Problem Addressed
As noted in the National Association of Secondary School
Principals' Report to hrents. one in ten students surveyed
in a study of 15 percent of the nation's students reported
having been harassed or attacked by bullies. A study by
Norwegian researcher Dan Olweus estimates that 2.1 million bullies and 2.7 million of their victims attend American
schools. This strategy aims to prevent bullying. whether
verbal or physical.
Bullying's consequences continue throughout a student's school years and beyond. Research shows that boy
bullies will display life-long aggression problems if no one
intervenes. One study found that boy bullies have a one-
in-four chance of having a criminal record by the time they
are thirty years old, whereas only one in twenty children
who do not bully is likely to become a criminal. Research
reveals that mothers who were aggressive as girls are
more likely to punish their children harshly.
Key Components
School-based programs to prevent bullying typically focus
on counseling bullies and their victims, teaching victims
assertiveness, and establishing clear school policies that
reinforce consequences for aggressive behavior. School
officials train teachers and other staff to recognize bullies
and their victims and refer both to counseling. School
policies about fighting, taunting, and other bullying behav-
iors are made clear to both students and parents.
Key Partnerships
Schools and parents must cooperate in setting and communicating standards for student behavior that will be en-
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forced when students bully others. Whenever possible,
counseling programs should involve parents so that les-
two years, a program based on these principles reportedly
cut bullying incidents in half at the forty-two participating
sons about aggressive behavior can be reinforced at home.
Potential Obstacles
Applying the Strategy
Parents who taunt or physically abuse their children may
present an obstacle to school staff attempting to convey to
students the importance of nonaggressive behavior. School
staff must attempt to involve parents and provide them,
when appropriate, with referrals to outside counseling and
support resources. Some school officials may