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Crime Prevention

Crime Prevention - Community Programs Available

The following is a listing of the residential and commuity 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.


Apartment Crime Reduction Program

The Apartment Community Crime Reduction Program was developed to help reduce crime in rental properties.

The program’s design includes a certification process, signage similar to those used for neighborhood crime watch, certificates, and advertising privileges. Click here for more information about the program.


Auto Theft Prevention

This program is designed to help motorists minimize their chances of becoming victims of auto theft or carjacking. Information on anti-theft devices is also provided.


Burglary Prevention

The Burglary Prevention presentation will educate citizens on how to secure their property and report suspicious activity around their homes. “Hardening the target” is the process of taking proactive steps toward protecting one’s property from criminal predators who search for vulnerable or “weak” targets


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.


Domestic Violence Education/Awareness

This program discusses the laws associated with domestic violence, signs that a person is being mentally or physically assaulted, signs of an assailant or potential assailant, and who to contact for help.


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.


Frauds and Scams

The St. Petersburg Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit realizes that Frauds, Scams and Cons can occur in a variety of ways. All age groups are affected by this crime. Your best defense is spotting a worthless scheme is to ask yourself. “Does it sounds too good to be true?” if the answer is “yes”, then it probably is. Our representatives are available to address your group with the most current crimes relating to frauds and scams and will teach you how to keep from becoming a victim.


Home Security Assessment

Upon request a Certified Florida Crime Prevention Practitioner will conduct a free and confidential security assessment of your residence. We will assess all areas of your home, including, but not limited to: lighting, alarm systems, locks, doors, windows, and landscaping. Recommendations will be discussed with you and you’ll be provided a written list of ways to make your home a harder target to the criminal.

To schedule a free home security assessment contact our Crime Prevention Unit at 727-893-7128.


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.


Neighborhood Crime Watch

Citizen participation is one of the most effective tools against crime because the job of stopping burglary, larceny or criminal activity is impossible for the police department to accomplish alone. Neighborhood Crime Watch is a network of neighbors trained by crime prevention officers in home security and recognition and identification of suspicious persons and/or activity.

Neighborhood Crime Watch is an “observe and report” type of program. Neighborhood Crime Watch members are encouraged not to stop and question people, but to observe and report their observations to the police department and a trained officer will respond and investigate the incident.

A member of the St. Petersburg Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit will assist any community wishing to start a Neighborhood Crime Watch. A community representative is required to manage the program. The police department will assist with training and fill in as speakers on crime prevention topics at regular meetings. Watch groups are encouraged to invite other organizations to speak and share their resources.

For more information contact our Crime Prevention Unit at 727-893-7128.


Join Nextdoor.com

Nextdoor.com allows neighbors the opportunity to create a trusted, private neighborhood website where they can interact by asking questions, exchanging local advice, making recommendations, and discussing their community concerns. The police department often uses Nextdoor to update residents about crime trends in specific neighborhoods, and to share information on events and programs. Learn more and register at NextDoor.com.


Personal Safety

The goal of crime prevention is to reduce the risk of becoming a victim. In order to accomplish this effectively, it is important to remove opportunities for a criminal to take advantage of. Personal Safety is using instinct, common sense, and taking action to eliminate or greatly reduce the criminal’s opportunity. Our trained officers will safely walk you through our personal safety program to reducing your chance of becoming a target.


Sexual Assault Awareness

This program can be adjusted to meet specific needs. It focuses on prevention for being a victim of date rape, laws, decision making, alcohol use, empathic listening skills, and where to go for help.


To schedule one of these presentations contact the Crime Prevention Unit at:

727-893-7128