Crime and fear of crime threaten a community's well-being; people become afraid to use streets and parks.
Crime in turn feeds on the social isolation it creates. Today's lifestyles, many homes where both parents work, more single-parent families, and greater job mobility, can contribute to this isolation and weaken communities.
You and your neighbors can prevent or break this vicious cycle, and in the process, build your community into a safer, friendlier, and more caring place to live. Statistics tell the story.
Police and sheriffs' departments in cities, small towns, and suburbs throughout the country report substantial decreases in crime and fear due to local crime prevention efforts.
Start with a Neighborhood Watch or block club to address immediate crime problems, focus on home security, and build neighborhood cohesion.
To find out more about starting a Neighborhood Watch group call the Maplewood Police Department at 651-249-2600.