Crime Prevention

By educating the community on crime prevention techniques and getting citizens involved in crime prevention activities such as neighborhood watch, we can reduce the number of crimes in Minnetrista and increase the quality of life for its citizens.

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But what exactly is Crime Prevention?

By definition, Crime Prevention is:

"Being aware that a crime can occur, anticipating its form, location, time and victim, and taking action to reduce the chances of its happening."

There are three elements the criminal must possess for a crime to occur:

  • Desire
  • Ability
  • Opportunity
  • Eliminate just one of these elements and no crime will take place.  You have no control over the first two elements, however, you can have great control over the third element - opportunity.

Crime prevention is using instinct, common sense, and action to eliminate or greatly reduce the criminal's opportunity.  A large share of the responsibility of reducing criminal opportunity lies with you, that is not to say that if you are a victim of crime it it your fault but we all have a active part to play regarding crime prevention.