October is Crime Prevention Month

Monday, 22 October 2007

The National Crime Prevention Council designated October as Crime Prevention Month to recognize and celebrate the practice of crime prevention, while promoting awareness of important issues such as volunteerism and creating safer, more caring communities. According to the United States Fire Administration, an estimated 31,000 intentionally set structure fires occurred in 2006, resulting in 305 civilian deaths and $755 million in property loss. Below are a few activities Fire Corps teams can undertake to help protect our nation’s firefighters and emergency medical personnel who put their lives on the line to respond to these unfortunate fire-related crimes.

Reach out to our nation’s youth by utilizing your Fire Corps volunteers to establish a Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Program. According to the Burn Institute, "Juvenile firesetting has been identified as the fastest growing fire threat in the United States." A Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Program will enable your Fire Corps members to identify these at-risk children and intervene with proper assessment and counseling to prevent them from committing arson.

Work with your local Neighborhood Watch teams to detect and report suspicious activities which may result in a fire. If there is not a Neighborhood Watch program in your area, consider utilizing your Fire Corps members to establish your own Neighborhood Watch program in your community. Visit www.usaonwatch.org to find local Neighborhood Watch groups or for information on starting your own Neighborhood Watch program.

Utilize the All-Ways Fire Safe at Home Fire Safety Module to teach members in your community the importance of fire prevention in the home. Based on the Home Safety Councils' All-Ways Fire Safe at Home program, this module is comprised of four fire safety education programs that Fire Corps teams can use to promote fire and life safety to community members in different stages of life, from preschool to older adult. Continuing to relay important fire safety messages to individuals of all ages may discourage potential arson activities. The Fire Safety Module is available to all registered Fire Corps programs and can be ordered free-of-charge from the Fire Corps national office by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For more information on Crime Prevention Month, visit www.ncpc.org/about/crime-prevention-month.

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