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Crime Prevention Starts With You!
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

October is Crime Prevention Month and a time to Celebrate Safe Communities. CSC is crime prevention done the right way -- bringing concerned residents and local law enforcement together to help keep neighborhoods safe from crime and prepared for any emergency.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office recognizes our Southwest Florida communities are a better place for all of us to live, work and retire when the public and police work hand in hand through training, teaching and outreach on important crime prevention issues such as Neighborhood and Home Safety, Personal Safety, Cyber Safety, Business Security and much more.

In crime prevention, little things can mean a lot. For example:

  • Most criminals who burglarize homes are looking for an easy hit; a house they can break into quickly, take something of value, and leave without being detected. A back sliding glass door or window left unlocked at any time is an open invitation to a burglar, in particular, a homeowner who works during the day. An empty house with valuables in plain view, overgrown shrubbery for hiding, and easy access into the residence are all recipes for a burglary in waiting.
  • Cars can be targets for thieves, but what you leave inside can be enticing as well. Something as simple as a phone charger left in the cigarette lighter, a GPS stand left on the dashboard, or an audio plug that connects an I-pod or I-phone to the auxiliary, can cause a thief to believe the valuable device may be stored nearby.
  • Your personal safety can be jeopardized at home, in the mall, in your neighborhood, while walking to school or on the road. Three things are needed for an aggressive or violent incident to take place – a victim, a perpetrator and an opportunity. Log on to the National Crime Prevention Council at for safety tips that can reduce the opportunities and therefore the risk of becoming a victim. 
  • Cyber crime is costing consumers billions of dollars as crooks continue to take advantage of new technologies. Frauds, scams and cons are resulting in a vast increase of identity theft, particularly among our seniors. Check out for internet crime prevention tips.

Don’t give criminals an opportunity to rob you of your safety and security. Do your part by joining a Neighborhood Watch, sign up for our S.A.F.E. (Self Defense Awareness and Familiarization Exchange) class, invite one of our Crime Prevention Practitioner’s to speak to your organization on Internet Safety, Residential and Business Security or choose from other safety related topics located at

To arrange to have someone come out to your community to talk about this or another safety or security topic please contact the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Community Relations Section at (239) 477-1400. Media inquiries can call (239) 477-1037.