What is Crime Prevention?

The formal definition of crime prevention is the anticipation, recognition and appraisal of crime risk, and the initiation of an action to remove or reduce the risk.

The practical application of crime prevention involves a pattern of attitudes and behaviors directed at reducing the threat of crime and enhance the sense of safety and security.  By preventing crime from happening, citizens can positively influence the quality of life in their community and help develop an environment where crime cannot flourish.

Crime prevention means citizens working together to solve crime realted problems. Crime prevention allows communities and individuals to learn how to better protect themselves while working together to keep neighborhoods crime and drug free. Crime prevention also helps law enforcement agencies work with communities, businesses and service organizations to develop action plans.

In the next few weeks we will discuss crime prevention and the roll it plays in keeping your neighborhood safe.


The Cleveland Police Foundation is the official charity for the Cleveland Division of Police and the only organization authorized to solicit charitable contributions on its behalf.

We provide funding for youth and community outreach programs, community policing and engagement initiatives, safety & crime prevention programs, and support the members of the Cleveland Division of Police to help them better perform their duties. Contributions to the CPF are tax deductible under section 501 (c)(3) of the IRS Code.

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