- Crime can and should be prevented
- Truly effective prevention requires addressing the causes of crime and reducing opportunities for it to occur.
- Everyone, no matter what age, position, or capacity, can and must take individual action to stop crime.
- The problems of crime, violence, and drug abuse are best addressed through local action supported by local and state policies.
- Comprehensive crime prevention action plans (coordinated strategies and policies that address causes as well as occurrences of crime) are vital to long-term community success against crime.
- Partnerships that actively involve the local community and its residents are key to preventing crime.
- Prevention is a highly cost-effective alternative to the costs of crime to individuals, neighborhoods, and communities.
- Crime prevention action should be grounded in research and tested approaches and aided by evaluation.
The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) is the nation’s leader in crime prevention. As a private, nonprofit organization, NCPC helps millions of Americans keep themselves, their families, and their communities safe from crime.
NCPC’s flagship public education campaign—symbolized by McGruff the Crime Dog® and his iconic “Take A Bite Out Of Crime” catchphrase—has broadened its scope from strengthening personal and home safety to include cyberbullying, anti-counterfeiting, and gun safety. To support this outreach, NCPC has established a national network of nearly 15,000 crime prevention professionals and national, federal, state, and local organizations through the Crime Prevention Coalition of America and the National Crime Prevention Association.
NCPC’s work is funded by a variety of government agencies–including the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office–along with numerous foundations and individual donations. Dedicated corporate sponsors help us reach millions of Americans nationwide.