Crime Prevention

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see-somethingWhat is Crime Prevention? By definition, Crime Prevention is “Being aware that a crime can occur, anticipating its form, location, time and victim, and taking action to reduce the chances of its happening.”

There are three elements the criminal must possess for a crime to occur: Desire, Ability, and Opportunity . Think of them as a triangle. Eliminate just one of the elements, and no crime will take place, the triangle cannot be completed. You have no control over the first two elements. Whether the criminal has the desire or ability to commit the crime is solely up to them. However, you can have great control, if not eliminate, the third element – opportunity.

Crime prevention is using instinct, common sense, and action to eliminate or greatly reduce the criminal’s opportunity. A large share of the responsibility of reducing criminal opportunity lies with YOU! That is not to say that if you are a victim of crime it is your entire fault and not the fault of the criminal…certainly not! But the fact remains that WE all have a personal part to play regarding crime prevention.

How to practice Crime Prevention. Educate yourself on prevention techniques. Mark your personal property and maintain personal security. Get to know your police. Memorize the phone number, know the location of the police station, get to know and support your local police officers.

Report any crime or suspicion of crime at once. You can’t assume that someone else has already reported it. Stay informed by following the news and keeping up-to-date on local crime problems. Work with others, like Block Watch and Business Watch. Support the whole legal process and help stamp out the cause of crime. And most of all is a good role model and obey the laws yourself. Set a good example for others – especially your children. Remember, you are the key to winning the war against crime! Detective Brian Feehan is Brigantine Police Department Crime Prevention Officer. Officer Feehan Can be reached at 609-266-7414. To Report Crime Emergency Dial 9-1-1 Non Emergency 609-266-7414

Beware of Con Artists…

*Avoid large cash transactions. Use checks, get receipts.

*Have Social Security and other checks direct-deposited, rather than sent to your home.

*Be very careful when dealing with door-to-door solicitors, such as home repairmen.

*Deal with reputable, local businesses. Talk to trusted friends and relatives for recommendations. Get references; get contract terms in writing. Don’t pay in cash.

*Watch out for schemes where strangers ask you to put up your own money in a show of “good faith”, with the promise of a bigger jackpot later, or ask you to withdraw money from the bank to assist in catching a criminal. These are among several common cash frauds.

*Beware of telephone soliciting for money.

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