ILLINOIS CRIME PREVENTION PROGRAM 5
IllinoisCrime Prevention Program
Inthe recent past, there has been an increase in the number of criminalactivities in the US which affects the citizens directly orindirectly. The activities have been termed as costly anddemoralizing as they tarnish the reputable name of the government andthat of the city. Some of the criminal activities has led to loss ofmoney and other valuables, injury to individuals and caused bullying.To cope the situation, the government has come up with programs thatare used to cope the criminal activities as well as educating thegeneral public on their rights and ways of preventing themselves.This move by the government to educate the mass is contrarily to theearlier situation where the mass was given very little informationconcerning their safety. Moreover, less information on how the publiccould work together with the police department had been given tothem.
Muchof the security concern was left to the law enforcers and this wasfound not very effective as fears of the public were not addressedand looked into. A number of crimes were going unattended to thuspropagating criminal activities in the city till when the communitystarted gaining education on how to work hand in hand with the policeto fight crime. The government put in place a number of crimefighting programs and later laid down plans to educate the mass onthe strategies and how they work for their good.
Oneof the programs to be put in place by the government is theneighborhood watch or the crime stoppers (Petch, 1993). As the nameof the program suggest, the citizens were supposed to watch overtheir neighbors and give out criminal details to the police in casethe neighbor is engaging in some criminal activities. Ease ofaccessing the police department was made available as the lawenforcement department came closer to the citizens and put in placestrategies of communicating with the public such as usage of emailsand phone numbers. Also regular seminars between the mass and thepolice were to be held at a particular time of the month whereeducation concerning the security would always be the main agenda.
Tocrown it all, incentives by the law enforcing agencies were to begiven to the royal citizens who would be willing to give criminalinformation and this would include cash prize amounting up to $1,000(Gibbons, 2008). A number of the police was issued to the public andwhich would hide the identity of the citizen thus providing securityto the citizens. If a member of the mass was willing to be known, theauthority to publicize his or her name came from them.
Teachingspertaining the program are administered by the Orlando Policeneighborhood Watch Unit and the members are not taught to bevigilante but are taught on a four principle rule: they are the eyesand ears of the police department, should report any crime activityto police by calling 911, should never take law in their hands andonly trained members should take action. Some of the topics taught inthe movement are the 911 communication tours, domestic violence,operation identification, and carjacking and internet safety. Also,self defense among women is a crucial topic taught to the members ofthe group.
Theaim of the program as described by the law enforcement department isto put off crime and defacement in a certain locality thus promotinga peaceful co existence.
Theprogram has been successful as it has helped reduce the alarming rateof crime in the US and particularly in Illinois (Feins, 1997).According to the reports in the year 1972 at the time of the programscommencement, there was a high rate of crime happening in the US butover the years after the program was put in place, the crime rate hasbeen reported to lower with a good percentage of 75%.
Withthe program being successful, it has a weakness clinging to it overthe years. This is that members of a neighborhood have beendiscriminated against and stopped working in the program and startedworking on their own homes to avoid discrimination.
Onmatters concerning the ethnicity of the program, it is perceivedethical to provide information to all members of the group as theyare considered good enough to understand the issue being a member ofthe group and having attained a minimum age of 21 years to qualifyfor membership. The neighborhood program is an effective one as therehas been improvement in the security level in the US. For example, inthe year 1972 at the time the program was being initiated, the levelof crime was very high and the police department was not very sure onhow to handle the issue but after the program was put in place, theywere to monitor and control the criminal activities and the crimerates were observed to decrease. Two decades after the program wasput in place, a large population of the US has adopted the program.
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Feins,J. D., Epstein, J. C., & Widom, R. (1997). Solving crime problemsin residential neighborhoods: Comprehensive changes in design,management, and use. Washington: U.S. Department of Justice.
Gibbons,J. D., Olkin, I., Sobel, M., & Society for Industrial and AppliedMathematics. (2008). Selecting and ordering populations: A newstatistical methodology. Philadelphia, Pa: Society for Industrial &Applied Mathematics.