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October is Crime Prevention Month — Ideas to Get Involved and Reduce Your Odds of Being a Victim

October is Crime Prevention Month.  Here are some suggestions on making this the month we focus on crime prevention as a community:

  • Start or re-ignite a Neighborhood Watch group.  Call Steve Sink at 244-6644 for a Starter Kit.  Neighbors who know each other will care about each other and be more focused on preventing crime on their ‘turf.’
  • Sign up for a “Workshop Wednesday at the Foothills” one-hour free training workshop on various crime prevention topics throughout the year.  Next month’s will be “Holiday Crime Prevention” and sign-ups will be opened up and posted on this web site and the Foothills section of nextdoor.com and fliers placed in the Foothills Substation lobby a couple of weeks prior to the workshop date.
  • Subscribe to this web site or others related to crime:  www.foothillsareacommand.com, www.crimemapping.com.
  • Attend the monthly Foothills Community Policing Council meetings; first Monday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at Holiday Park Community Center.  We are reaching out to our community and want to see you there!  These meetings are YOUR forum to talk to APD Foothills leadership and other community representatives to voice your concerns, support, ideas.
  • Book a home security assessment with your APD Crime Prevention Specialist.  These are part of APD Crime Prevention services and take about 45 minutes; you will receive a check list of recommendations at the end of the visit.
  • Attend your Neighborhood Association and City Council District Coalition of Neighborhood meetings.  Call your elected official or the Office of Neighborhood Coordination to find out more.
  • See the National Crime Prevention Council’s web site for great crime prevention tips throughout the month of October.
  • Take on a block-by-block pledge to have a few social events a year, turn on porch lights, etc. and tackle crime as neighbors.
  • If you live or manage/own a rental property, take the Crime Free Multi-Housing Phase I Workshop and learn how to reduce crime on rental property.  These free one-day workshops are hosted at the Foothills Substation every April and October and completion counts as Phase I of three phases to become a certified CFMH partner property with APD.

Be safe everyone and I’d love to see your community conversation comments and feedback on how you will spend Crime Prevention Month focused on learning new habits, getting involved and finding solutions to reducing crime.

Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, APD – Foothills Area Command