On Alert During Crime Prevention Month 2010
All you have to do is watch your nightly news to know that crime is present in today’s society.Â According to Citizens Corps, “more than twenty-five million Americans are victims of crime each year.”Â Millions more Americans including the many police officers in each of our cities and towns work every day to make this statistic lower and ensure a safer community.
There’s nothing more shattering to your sense of security than being a victim of a crime.Â We try to instill in our children early on in their lives the importance of not talking to strangers, about asking for help or reporting a situation that just doesn’t feel or seem right, and being aware and alert of their surroundings.Â These are important lessons we need to continue to remember as we get older, no matter how old we are.
The National Crime Prevention Council calls it the Big 3:
1. Stay alert and tuned into your surroundings, wherever you are.
2. Stand tall and walk confidently.
3. Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in a place or situation, leave quickly.
This month, take some extra time to talk to your families (whether you have children or not) about safety and crime prevention.Â You’re never too old to protect yourself from crime.
If you need help on how to start, please visit the National Crime Prevention Council website for more information.
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