Press release - October Is Crime Prevention Month

Published 9/14/2009 (all press releases for this day)

City of Oxnard Takes A Stand Against Crime and Violence, Joins Communities Across the Country to Mark October As Crime Prevention Month

[Oxnard, CA] – The Oxnard Police Department is taking a stand against crime, and challenges the entire community to get involved in preventing crime.

As part of the Celebrate Safe Communities initiative, The Oxnard Police Department organized its Crime Prevention Fair to show it makes crime prevention a priority. The event will also be an opportunity to get to know and recognize those law enforcement and individuals who work tirelessly to eradicate crime and violence. The fair will take place on October 3rd, from 10am to 3pm in the parking lot adjacent to Ralph’s Supermarket, located at 3443 Saviers Rd.

The Crime Prevention Fair will introduce the community to crime prevention programs that are run by the Oxnard Police Department, as well as other programs and assistance organizations in the community. The fair will also have plenty of food, music, and free giveaways for children.

The Celebrate Safe Communities initiative is a new project designed to kick off Crime Prevention month by promoting successful local law enforcement and community partnerships. The initiative will begin October 2-4, 2008. The National CSC partners include National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), which is providing funding support.

“Crime prevention is a vital investment we must make. It is our promise to our community that we will work to reduce the number of people victimized by crime and that we will continue to make our Community safer from crime.”-Senior Officer Mike Marostica

Since 1972, NSA has managed the Neighborhood Watch program and has acted as the primary source for information and technical assistance for local law enforcement agencies as it relates to Neighborhood Watch. NSA’s USAonWatch (UOW) -Neighborhood Watch works to enhance, expand, and revitalize watch programs throughout the country. For over 36 years NSA has provided support and resources to local law enforcement agencies and citizens about Neighborhood Watch.

In 1984, the National Crime Prevention Council, the nation’s leader in preventing crime, designated October as Crime Prevention Month. The month-long commemoration reflects the adage that prevention pays off. NCPC strongly believes that citizen involvement in crime prevention can and has played a vital role in helping many communities stay safe.

Since 1980, McGruff the Crime Dog has been the icon of crime prevention and the symbol of NCPC’s work nationwide. Together NCPC and McGruff have helped communities spread the prevention word through trainings, mass media, demonstration programs, conferences, publications, and numerous partnerships. Crime Prevention Month 2008 recognizes successful crime prevention efforts on the local, state, and national levels to generate interest and enthusiasm for prevention efforts to continue to grow even stronger and become more widespread.

NCPC, NSA, BJA and The Oxnard Police Department are proud to work together to “Take A Bite Out of Crime.”

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