Home/Neighborhood Safety

In these times of economic distress, many people are concerned about the threat of rising crime in their communities. Fortunately, there are ways to help protect your home and your neighborhood from crime. From simple steps like keeping your doors locked to starting a Neighborhood Watch program, there are plenty of things you can do to prevent crime.

Work with your neighbors to keep your neighborhood clean and orderly. Keep spare keys with a trusted neighbor or nearby shopkeeper, not under a doormat or planter, on a ledge, or in the mailbox. Set timers on lights when you're away from home or your business is closed, so they appear to be occupied. Illuminate or eliminate places an intruder might hide: the spaces between trees or shrubs, stairwells, alleys, hallways, and entry ways. With many law enforcement agencies cutting costs, it has never been more important for citizens to work together to prevent crime.

Downloadable Resources on Home and Neighborhood Safety

Title Description Size
File A Safety Checklist for Apartments A checklist for evaluating apartment safety and security 148.9 kB
File  Building or Remodeling a Home? Think Lock Security Newspaper Mat Feature: During the exciting time of having your house built or remodeled, make sure to consider one of the most important features that will keep... 833.1 kB
File  Bumping: A Trend in Home Burglary Newspaper Mat Feature: If your home is protected with an ordinary lock, it may not do you much good, says the National Crime Prevention Council. Thieves have ca... 117.2 kB
File Checklist for Starting a Neighborhood Watch Free, helpful resource on starting a Neighborhood Watch program 106.7 kB
File  Checklist for Violence Prevention A checklist for preventing violence in your community 129.0 kB
File Citizen Involvement in Homeland Security Insert This 8 page booklet provides details on the Neighborhood Watch and Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) programs 289.8 kB
File Disaster Preparedness: A Checklist Free, helpful resource to make sure you're prepared in the event of a disaster 26.1 kB
File  Does Neighborhood Watch Reduce Crime? A comprehensive review of evaluations of Neighborhood Watch concludes that the program has a "small favorable effect" on crime. 25.0 kB
File Don't Let Your Guard Down Just Because You Live in the Country Informative brochure on keeping your home secure in the country 415.0 kB
File  Don't Make it Easy for a Thief to Steal Your Wheels Informative brochure on securing your car 59.7 kB
File Gang Fact Sheet A CCDO sponsored publication by the National Crime Prevention Council focused on development of Anti-Gang efforts. 120.3 kB
File  Gas Station Theft Poster #1 McGruff takes on theft at gas stations with this full-color poster in PDF format. 2.4 MB
File  Gas Station Theft Poster #2 McGruff takes on gas station theft with this full-color poster in PDF format. 1.4 MB
File  Good Neighbors Make Safer Communities A reproducible handout from the 2009-2010 Crime Prevention Month Kit with tips to prevent crime in your neighborhood. 191.3 kB
File Home Security Checklist A checklist for evaluating home safety and security 4.6 MB
File Home Security: Invest In It Now Informative brochure 851.5 kB
File  Houston Mayor's Anti-Gang Office Webinar As part of its “Gang Talk Thursday” webinar series NCPC presents the City of Houston’s Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office and Gang Task Force. Patricia Harrington... 98.5 MB
File Law Enforcement Needs Your Help Informative brochure on how to help law enforcement reduce crime 4.1 MB
File Lock Crime OUT of Your Home Informative brochure on the importance of securing your home 72.3 kB
File  Locking Doors Still Best Newspaper Mat Feature: Not so long ago, people did not feel the need to lock their doors or windows. But times have changed, and so has the need to use locks fo... 1.5 MB
File  Locking Your Home Tells you what you need to know before buying locks for your house. 506.2 kB
File Neighborhood Safety Survey A short survey to analyze the safety of your neighborhood 151.2 kB
File Neighborhood Watch (Part 1) This presentation informs participants of the importance of Neighborhood Watch and provide strategies for starting a Neighborhood Watch program within their com... 1.7 MB
File Neighborhood Watch (Part 2) This presentation provides participants with strategies for strengthening their Neighborhood Watch programs and explores ways that their programs can be connect... 3.0 MB
File  Neighborhood Watch Needs You Neighborhood Watch is coming to your community, and we need you to get involved! The program embraces and strengthens many things we're already doing, such as ... 721.1 kB
File Neighborhood Watch Organizer's Guide Works as a guide for creating and sustaining a successful Neighborhood Watch program, and covers everything from motivating the community to running successful ... 998.9 kB
File Neighborhood Watch: Make It a Permanent Force for Community Betterment Full-text publication 88.0 kB
File Newspaper Mat: Get Teens Involved in Making Communities Safer Free, helpful resource on getting teens involved in preventing crime 1.7 MB
File  Newspaper Mat: Protect Your Neighborhood Against Crime, Terrorism Free, helpful resource on protecting your neighborhood from crime and terrorism 1.3 MB
File Reality of Gangs A reproducible brochure about the dangers and risks that gangs pose to their members and communities 1.2 MB
File  Robbers are Equal Opportunity Criminals This reproducible brochure explains what you can do to reduce your chances of being robbed and ways to react while being robbed and after. 56.2 kB
File  Securing the Future for Safer Youth and Communities A full-text publication that informs adults about the effectiveness of crime prevention in creating safe communities for youth 13.7 MB
File Starting a Neighborhood Watch Free, helpful resource on starting a Neighborhood Watch program 85.2 kB
File Streetwise: The Way To Be Informative brochure about staying safe in your neighborhood 1.2 MB
File Take A Stand Against Crime: Join Neighborhood Watch Informative brochure on reducing crime by participating in Neighborhood Watch 61.0 kB
File Taking Back Your Neighborhood Free, helpful resource on making your community safe 198.7 kB
File  Working Safely At Home Informative brochure on working safely from home 30.4 kB