Crime Prevention Month Kit Focuses On Child Safety

The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) recently announced the release of its 2007-2008 Crime Prevention Month Kit in preparation for the 23rd annual Crime Prevention Month in October. This year's kit, Protecting Children and Youth From Crime, includes a calendar with crime prevention strategies and provides reproducible materials designed to help educate people who care for children and youth.

"Protecting children and youth from crime is one of society's most important priorities and one of the four strategic goals of NCPC," said Alfonso E. Lenhardt, NCPC president and CEO. "One of the best ways to do this is to teach kids sound crime prevention habits and encourage them to share these habits with friends, family and their entire peer group."

Cosponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Department of Justice and ADT Security Services, the kit provides useful crime prevention information on a whole range of issues, from how youth can protect themselves against such crimes as teen dating violence, identity theft, and cyberbullying to property theft. As a long-time partner of NCPC, ADT has supported many crime prevention initiatives, and its contribution for the Crime Prevention Month kit has helped increase the reach of this valuable publication. The Crime Prevention Month Kit is distributed to more than 85,000 law enforcement personnel, crime prevention practitioners, Neighborhood Watch groups, schools, libraries and businesses across the country.

"As the first corporate sponsor of NCPC, ADT recognizes the importance and value of the educational materials the NCPC produces and makes available to communities across the country," said Ann Lindstrom, director of corporate communications for ADT Security Services. "This kit is used nationwide by law enforcement and local ADT representatives who are committed to bringing crime prevention education to their communities."

Program examples for each month in the calendar illustrate ways that children and youth can share this information with their peer groups by organizing school crime watches, helping to conduct school security assessments, conducting workshops and rallies to promote crime prevention, participating in youth-run conflict-resolution programs, mentoring at-risk youth and starting their own service-learning projects.

Crime Prevention Month was designated to recognize and celebrate the practice of crime prevention, while promoting awareness of important issues such as reducing victimization, promoting community-police relations, and increasing community volunteerism. The month-long celebration spotlights successful crime prevention efforts on the local, state, and national levels.

For more information or to obtain a Crime Prevention Month Kit, visit NCPC's at www.ncpc.org.

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