Crime Prevention and Community Education


We are taking these tips from the Crime Prevention Month Kit provided by the National Crime Prevention Council. Please download their kit for even more tips on how to prevent crime and be safe. Visit our Halloween Safety Tips as well.

Week 4:

Bullying Prevention

"Part of keeping kids and communities safe is preventing bullying. Bullying can be physically and psychologically damaging and have lifelong effects, including anxiety, depression, and suicidal tendencies... Words can hurt, but they can also help. You have the power to make a difference by stopping bullying when you see it. You can be a good example by not gossiping or making fun of others."

"Although bullying was once considered a rite of passage, parents, educators, and community leaders now see bullying as a devastating form of abuse that can have long-term effects on youthful victims, robbing them of self-esteem, isolating them from their peers, causing them to drop out of school, and even prompting health problems and suicide."

How kids can prevent bullying:

There are effective and safe ways for kids to help someone who is being bullied. You can help kids know what method works best by role-playing with them. Emphasize they should only step in if they feel safe.
  • Walk away - shows bullies their behavior is not okay
  • Speak up - tell bullies that what they are doing is wrong by saying "that's not funny"
  • Be a friend - sometimes kids are bullied because they do not have friends so make friends with them. This also builds their support and confidence to stand up for themselves
  • Ask others to help - if more kids stand up to the bully then they are more likely to realize their behavior is not okay

How Parents can Prevent Bullying:

Below are tips for how parents can prevent bullying
  • Teach kids to solve problems without violence and praise them when they do
  • Give children positive feedback to build their self-esteem
  • Ask your children about their day and listen to them
  • Many children are embarrassed to say they have been bullied so take it seriously
  • Stop any bullying you see right away, even if it is your child doing it
  • Encourage your child to help others who need it
  • Don't bully your children or others in front of them. If they see you do it, they are more likely to do it

Additional Link(s):

It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of an attack or intimation by other students. Additional resources to prevent bullying are listed below:

Week 3:

Safe Firearms Practice

There is no magic solution that will eradicate, teen suicides, or accidental with firearms in the home. We can, however, reduce the likelihood of these tragedies occurring. The National Crime Prevention Council with various partners, developed a public education campaign that urges firearm owners to "Lock It Up". Safety advocates recommend that you safely store firearms from unsupervised children, at-risk youth, potential thieves, and those who intend to harm themselves or others. Please report lost or stolen firearms to local law enforcement. You can report illegal firearms to Gunstoppers.

Selling your firearm safely is part of firearms safety. Every day responsible gun owners take certain safety measures. You ensure they are used and stored safely to help protect yourself and others. Selling your firearm safely can help achieve those same goals. Using a federal firearms license (FFL) can provide a secure process if you want to transfer your firearm to another person. It provides several advantages such as third party location for the transfer, assurance of a background check on the buyer, and it helps law enforcement trace the firearm to the buyer if it is ever used in the commission of a crime. Visit Sell with Certainty for more information on how to safely sell your firearm.

Safety Tips for Firearm Handling:

There are basic tips to follow when you handle and/or own a firearm. Remember to always to keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire, and treat every gun as if it were loaded. Listed below are some more safety tips:
  • Help keep guns out of the wrong hands by securely storing firearm when not in use
  • Store ammunition in a locked location separate from firearms
  • Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting
  • Safe storage options like gun locks or safes are available for all home situations
  • Hiding a gun is not secure storage
  • Talk to your children regularly about gun safety

Parents, talk Gun Safety with your children:

It is important to start a dialogue with your children about what to do if they find a gun. 
  • Walk away and tell a parent if your friend shows you his parent's gun
  • Tell an adult immediately if you see a gun in someone's backpack at school
  • Tell an adult if you hear someone say that they are going to bring a gun to school
  • If you're not sure why a gun is dangerous, talk to a parent or guardian about it.
  • Remember, if you see a gun to 1. Stop 2. Don't touch 3. Get away 4. Tell an adult

Week 2:

Counterfeits can be dangerous - Get informed

Counterfeit power accessories including batters, chargers, battery grips, and even external flashes can be dangerous.They may overheat, smoke, melt, or ignite and could cause bodily injury or property damage. These tips will help keep you safe:
  • Beware of "too good to be true" prices
  • Be careful when buying through foreign websites
  • Purchase from authorized dealers or from the manufacturer
  • Make sure your battery fits easily in your device
  • Check for overheating
  • Make sure the battery holds a charge
  • Compare logos for consistency
When in doubt, let the manufacturer check it out. Don't hesitate to contact the manufacturer with questions. Click here for more information.

Week 1:

Get real and avoid fake electronics

Counterfeit products are fake replicas produced in a manner that is increasingly difficult for consumers to identify, which is why we recommend always purchasing from a reputable source or directly from the manufacturer. This is the best way to ensure avoiding counterfeits. It's not always easy to spot a fake, even when it's side by side with the genuine product. However, it's important to know the clues that can help you spot a fake.
  • Labels with missing punctuation or misspellings
  • Different fonts or icons
  • Blurred logos
  • Poor grammar or typos on packaging and/ or products
  • Sale at an improbable location for the product, particularly street vendors
  • Low quality packaging
Above all, if the deal sounds too good to be true, and the price is far lower than what you'd expect, it probably is too good to be true! You can report any suspected intellectual property theft to the BPD or by visiting this website.

What is Crime Prevention?

It is the anticipation, recognition, and appraisal of a crime risk and the initiation of some action to remove or reduce it.

The Burlington Police Department offers several crime prevention programs that help promote and improve safety for community groups and individuals. Officers provide educational resources and programs to assist those interested in learning more about crime prevention. Our goal is to provide educational opportunities for citizens to remove or reduce crime risk. Our professionally trained Crime Prevention Specialists can assist our citizens with home or business security surveys. The specialists provide the latest crime prevention through environmentally designed tips and strategies for how to protect your home or business.

Tips for crime prevention and safety:

The BPD provides a lot of information on how to avoid being the victim of a crime. We have information on how to keep you, your family, and your neighborhood safe. Follow any of the links below to see tips for what you can do to help us keep this community safe.

BPD community programs:

Listed below are some of the community programs the department participates in, provides, or supports:

Contact Us:


(336) 229-3500
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