Protecting Children and Youth

Sept. 12, 2007

New Community Resource Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) announced today the release of its 2007-2008 Crime Prevention Month Kit in preparation for the 23rd annual Crime Prevention Month this October. This year's kit, Protecting Children and Youth From Crime, includes a calendar with crime prevention strategies and provides reproducible materials designed to help educate people who care for children and youth.

"Protecting children and youth from crime is one of society's most important priorities and one of the four strategic goals of NCPC," said Alfonso E. Lenhardt, NCPC's president and CEO. "One of the best ways to do this is to teach kids sound crime prevention habits and encourage them to share these habits with friends, family, and their entire peer group."

Cosponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance , U.S. Department of Justice, and ADT Security Services, the kit provides useful crime prevention information on a whole range of issues, from how youth can protect themselves against such crimes as teen dating violence, identity theft, and cyberbullying to property theft. As a long-time partner of NCPC, ADT has supported many crime prevention initiatives, and its contribution for the Crime Prevention Month kit has helped increase the reach of this valuable publication. Today the Crime Prevention Month Kit is distributed to more than 85,000 law enforcement personnel, crime prevention practitioners, Neighborhood Watch groups, schools, libraries, and businesses across the country.

"As the first corporate sponsor of NCPC, ADT recognizes the importance and value of the educational materials NCPC produces and makes available to communities across the country," said Ann Lindstrom , director of corporate communications for ADT Security Services. "This kit is used nationwide by law enforcement and local ADT representatives who are committed to bringing crime prevention education to their communities."

Program examples for each month in the calendar illustrate ways that children and youth can share this information with their peer groups by organizing school crime watches, helping to conduct school security assessments, conducting workshops and rallies to promote crime prevention, participating in youth-run conflict-resolution programs, mentoring at-risk youth, and starting their own service-learning projects.

Crime Prevention Month was designated to recognize and celebrate the practice of crime prevention, while promoting awareness of important issues such as reducing victimization, promoting community-police relations, and increasing community volunteerism. The month-long celebration spotlights successful crime prevention efforts on the local, state, and national levels.

For more information or to obtain a Crime Prevention Month Kit, visit NCPC's website at To schedule an interview, please contact Michelle Boykins at 202-261-4184 ([email protected]) or Joseph Burdick at 202-261-4138 ([email protected])

About ADT Security Services

Celebrating its 132nd anniversary, ADT Security Services, Inc., a unit of Tyco Fire & Security, is the largest provider of electronic security services to nearly six million commercial, government, and residential customers throughout North America . ADT's total security solutions include intrusion, fire protection, closed circuit television, access control, critical condition monitoring, electronic article surveillance, radio frequency identification (RFID), and integrated systems. ADT's website address is

About the National Crime Prevention Council

The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) is a private, nonprofit organization whose primary mission is to be the nation's leader in helping people keep themselves, their families, and their communities safe from crime. NCPC manages public service advertising under the National Citizens' Crime Prevention Campaign--symbolized by McGruff the Crime Dog(R) and his "Take A Bite Out Of Crime(R)" slogan--and acts as secretariat for the Crime Prevention Coalition of America, more than 400 national, federal, state, and local organizations representing thousands of constituents who are committed to preventing crime. NCPC is funded through a variety of government agencies, corporate and private foundations, and donations from private individuals. For more information on crime prevention issues, visit

SOURCE National Crime Prevention Council

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