Crime Prevention FAQ

Can crime be prevented?

Improving surveillance around homes, businesses or public places to deter criminals. Ensuring your property and wider community looks cared for. Changing our habits by setting rules and positioning signage in appropriate locations. Increasing the likelihood that an offender will be caught to prevent crime occurring. 

What activities you plan to prevent crime?

Work with your local public agencies and other organizations (neighborhood-based or community-wide) on solving common problems. Set up a Neighborhood / Block Watch, working with Law Enforcement. Make sure your streets and homes are well lit. Report any crime or suspicious activity immediately to Law Enforcement. (See it, Hear it, REPORT IT!) 

Why should crime be prevented?

Effective, responsible crime prevention enhances the quality of life of all citizens. It has long-term benefits in terms of reducing the costs associated with the formal criminal justice system, as well as other social costs that result from crime. 

What is primary crime prevention?

Primary crime prevention identifies conditions of the physical and social environment that provide opportunities for or precipitate criminal acts. Here the objective of intervention is to alter those conditions so that crimes cannot occur. 

When did Crime Prevention start?

July 15, 1925. The officers of the metro police were called “Peelers” and “Bobbies”, after their founder. In the United States, the first crime prevention division was formed in Berkley, California on July 15, 1925. It was the first of its kind in police history. 

What are the 3 basic elements of the crime triangle?

The Crime Triangle identifies three factors that create a criminal offense. Desire of a criminal to commit a crime; Target of the criminal’s desire; and the Opportunity for the crime to be committed. All three elements must be present in order for a crime to be successful. Lucky for us, we have control of two out of the three elements. Obviously, we can control the criminal’s desire to commit a crime.