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Crime prevention goes viral nationally

BUFFALO — The National Crime Prevention Council and AlertID Inc. announced a national partnership, to make public safety information more accessible. AlertID will make its free mobile application and online public safety services available to the NCPC and other partner organizations, across the country.

Utilizing this project, the NCPC will provide safety information to high school and college students, to help these young people learn about the threats they may face and encourage them to adopt crime-prevention strategies and address any issues that arise.

Along with the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the United States Department of Justice, the NCPC developed the First Timers Resource Project for Young Adults. With this collaboration, research was done, to provide young people with tools and skills to lower their risks of becoming victims of crime.

“The 18- to 24-year-old population constitutes the largest cohort of crime victims today, which is why this partnership is so important,” said Denise O’Donnell, the director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice. “It will expand the reach of the first timers project, to ensure young adults are equipped with the resources they need, to prevent victimization.”

Using the AlertID mobile and online communication platforms, the NCPC will deliver resources directly to young people, via phones, tablets and computers. These students will be able to report threats, via their phones, and view severe weather advisories, secure social networking services, crime and sex offender alerts, mobile solutions to protect family members and pets and an interactive crime and emergency map.

The National Crime Prevention Council is a nonprofit organization with a stated goal of crime prevention. Its symbol, McGruff the Crime Dog®, has given kids crime prevention tips for 30 years.

For more information about the NCPC or how to get involved, visit www.ncpc.org.
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