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What is Crime Prevention?

The ultimate goal of crime prevention is to reduce the risk of being a victim. In order to accomplish this effectively, it is important to remove opportunities for a criminal to take advantage of you or your property. The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office is attempting to prevent either victimization or criminalization by presenting an unattractive target to the criminal. The efforts of this division plan activities based on this fundamental idea. 

Another theme to the topic of crime prevention refers to the crime prevention triangle of risk, opportunity and desire. Crime prevention occurs when we try to reduce the risk of victimization  by reducing opportunity. The Sheriff's Office does many programs to educate to reduce the opportunities for victimization. We also try to reduce the desire for a criminal to commit crimes with strong criminal investigations and through the sharing of information with our community this will increas the desire for citizens to be a contributor to the improvement of a community and the county.

Successful crime prevention efforts will promote a safer community by enhancing the perception of safety and the attitudes and behaviors that help people feel safe. On this page you will find all the ways the Sheriff's Office reaches out. Please take a few minutes to check them out. If you should need more information on any of the programs you see here, please contact us.

Lastly the Crime Prevention division of Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office has an ongoing mission to the safety and well being for all the people that live in or are just passing through as it is mentioned in our mission statement. 


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