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Crime Prevention

Crime Prevention - Business Programs Available

The following is a listing of the business programs available through the St. Petersburg Police Department.All of the programs offered are free of charge.

To schedule a program for your business or organization contact the Crime Prevention Unit, 893-7128 or complete the "request a crime prevention program form" in the menu to the right.

Active Shooter

Active shooter incidents are often unpredictable and evolve quickly. In the midst of the chaos, anyone can play an integral role in mitigating the impacts of an active shooter incident. The St. Petersburg Police Department Crime Prevention Unit leads you through a careful process of planning and prevention to help you identify your risk and liabilities, and take steps to minimize them.


Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)

CPTED is the acronym for Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. CPTED is defined as "the proper design and effective use of the built environment that can lead to a reduction in the fear and incidence of crime and an improvement in the quality of life." CPTED addresses crime problems through controlling the environment.

CPTED is based on three overlapping strategies:

Natural Surveillance - The placement and design or physical features to maximize visibility. This includes building orientation, windows, entrances and exits, parking lots, walkways, guard gates, landscape trees and shrubs, fences or walls, signage and any other physical obstruction.

Natural Access Control - The use of sidewalks, pavement, lighting and landscaping to clearly guide the public to and from entrances and exits. Also, the use of fences, walls or landscaping to prevent and/or discourage public access to or from dark and/or unmonitored areas.

Territorial Reinforcement - The use of pavement treatments, landscaping, art, signage, screening and fences to define and outline ownership or property.

Program Goals: The goal of CPTED is to reduce opportunities for crime that may be inherent in the design of structures or in the design of neighborhoods. The goal is accomplished through the involvement of CPTED trained law enforcement officers in the planning, development, and design review of community projects.

How does CPTED impact me? CPTED impacts each citizen by increasing safety, promoting secure environments and improving the appearance of neighborhoods and public amenities. CPTED improves existing services by working with neighborhoods, businesses, community groups and law enforcement.


Commercial Security Surveys

This involves business visits by a crime prevention officer who will check the interior and exterior to identify potential security problems and recommend solutions. These surveys are CONFIDENTIAL and FREE.


Financial Fraud

Millions are lost each day to scams like foreign lottery fraud,bogus investment schemes, and online traps designed to steal your identity and your savings. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg – new scams are popping up around each and every corner. Find out about today’s leading scams that are tearing through the nation and bilking consumers out of millions. Plus hear some tips learned straight from the con-artists themselves about who they target and why.


Financial Institution Robbery Prevention

This program illustrates for bank employees precautions necessary to avoid injury during a robbery.


House of Worship Security

Securing your House of Worship is a presentation designed to give leaders of houses of worship and/or their security personnel the tools they need to create a safe and secure environment for all of their staff and parishioners. The presentation is designed to identify and assess the vulnerability of the various targets in a house of worship. Then suggest ways to reduce the vulnerability of those targets.

Included with the presentation is the option of having one of our trained crime prevention officers perform a security evaluation of the exterior of the house of worship and point out areas of vulnerability and provide feedback on corrective options for those vulnerable areas.


Identity Theft

This presentation details best practices as outlined by the Federal Trade Commission regarding how to deter, detect, and defend against identity theft.


Internet Safety for Parents

This program discusses the different elements of the Internet, some of dangers you and your children might encounter and how to safeguard yourself and your children while "surfing" the net.


Internet Safety for Children

This program discusses the different elements of the Internet, some of dangers that children might encounter and how to safeguard themselves while "surfing" the net. This presentation includes specific material for the following groups: 3-5 grade, middle school, and high school.


Realtor Safety

The latest statistics show that 1 in 4 real estate agents, male or female, will be involved in a criminal encounter during their career, and/ or a harassing type situation. Most agents think that it could never happen to them, until one day they find themselves in a confrontation with a criminal. Learn the different ideas and strategies that agents could use to minimize that risk. This seminar lasts one hour and is free of charge


Robbery Prevention

This program covers robbery prevention techniques. It also outlines steps and procedures to use during and after a robbery.


Retail Theft Prevention

This presentation covers retail theft in its various forms: shoplifting, credit card fraud and check fraud.


Work Place Violence

The St. Petersburg Police Department offers Workplace Violence training to employers who want to prepare for worse-case scenarios and reassure their employees by having a simple but effective plan to mitigate these tragedies before they occur. Our seminar entitled “Dynamics of Violence in the Workplace” trains employees about the need to communicate and recognize the signs of impending violence. Also taught in the course is how to develop mitigating tactics and strategies that will prevent or lessen the negative effects of workplace violence

At your request, a crime prevention officer will schedule an appointment to visit your workplace. This training is FREE.


To schedule one of these presentations for your employees or clients contact Officer Chip Wells at:

727-893-4993