Crime prevention is the anticipation, recognition, and appraisal of crime risks and the initiation of action to remove or reduce such risks. Crime prevention is the responsibility of each NVPD employee and department: in all daily business, employees shall actively apply crime-prevention ideas and methods.
Department policy, therefore, is to promote crime prevention by developing and implementing procedures and programs which reduce the opportunity for or lessen the loss from crime.
Neighborhood Watch (Business Watch)
The Neighborhood Watch is the formal organization of residents to enable them to deter crime in their neighborhood. The program relies on their awareness of and concern for their fellow neighbors to detect or discourage suspicious or criminal activity.
A security survey is an evaluation of the security strengths and weaknesses of a home or business and presenting the evaluation to the owner or occupant for correction.
Operation Identification is the retention of serial numbers or other identifying marks property owners use to assist in the identification and recovery of stolen property. When the property has no serial number, the owner is encouraged to permanently engrave the property in several places with an easily recognized and traced identification mark such as a driver's license or a Social Security number.
Site Plan Review
Site plan review is the review of site plans for new commercial or residential development or redevelopment to identify components of the plan which, once implemented, may create crime opportunities, and to make reasonable recommendations to correct the crime-related deficiencies in the plan.
There are many other crime prevention programs aimed at specific types of crimes. Many of these programs can be incorporated into public educational programs or Neighborhood Watch activities as needed. Some of these programs are:
Auto Theft Prevention
Elderly Crime Prevention
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