Crime prevention works because it removes one of the three elements necessary for a crime to be committed. The "Crime Triangle" shows the three elements. Remove one of the elements and you have prevented the crime. Contrary to what Hollywood might suggest, most crimes are not well planned by the offender. The vast majority are spur of the moment crimes, crimes of opportunity. Crime prevention focuses on removing one of the elements, usually the opportunity part of the triangle.
The Portland police department can help you with a wide variety of crime prevention topics. Information is available in the form of booklets, brochures and other handouts that are free to the members of our community. We can also schedule an officer to speak to your group about crime prevention.
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