Crime Prevention Unit

Crime prevention is "the anticipation, recognition and appraisal of a crime risk and the initiation of some action to remove or reduce it." There are two key elements of a crime: desire and opportunity. Desire is part of human nature and somewhat inherent in us all. Opportunity is the element where we can have the greatest impact. Crime prevention is opportunity reduction. The North Riverside Police Department is committed to minimizing the opportunity for crime through proactive crime prevention programs and encourages and solicits active community support in this effort.


Officers assigned to the Crime Prevention Unit work cooperatively with coworkers, schools, community groups, businesses, volunteer organizations and individual citizens to provide effective crime prevention strategies and promote community relations. Crime Prevention Programs:

* K.N.O.W. (alternative to D.A.R.E.)
* Community Watch
* Citizens Police Academy
* Personal Safety For Senior Citizens
* Home Security Inspections
* Police Department Tours
* Vacation Watch Program
* Con Games, Fraud and Scam Prevention
* Retail Loss Prevention
* Bicycle Safety
* Crime Prevention For Senior Citizens
* Halloween Safety
* Identity Theft Prevention
* How To Prevent Bullying
* Personal Safety For Women and Domestic Violence Education