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NCPC does not automatically collect any information about you or your online habits. The NCPC Web server does collect IP addresses for calculation of aggregate visitor statistics. NCPC staff use these data to help us understand the interests of our audience. No information is released to any third parties; data are not sold or shared.

If you choose to fill out the subscription request for NCPC's newsletter, Catalyst, you must provide mailing information to be placed on the mailing list to receive the monthly paper newsletter. NCPC does not share or sell mailing lists; your address will not be released for any purpose other than receipt of the Catalyst.


We welcome links to this site; prior permission to link is not required. However, if you require a banner or graphic, please send your request to the webmaster using our contact form or the address at the bottom of this page. NCCPC reserves the right to refuse links from sites that do not support the values of NCCPC.


You may cite or refer to information in our Web properties (,,,, in on-line services or other media, but you may not reproduce or distribute our materials in whole or in part without the prior written permission of NCPC. Requests to use NCPC material in for-profit works will not be granted.

Graphics and textual material on NCPC sites are not in the public domain. NCPC retains all rights, title, and interest in the content. Accordingly, we ask that you not reproduce, publish or distribute our content without express written consent. You may print out a copy of the content for your personal use as long as you do not remove or alter any copyright, trademark, registered mark, or other proprietary notice or legend appearing on the content.

NCPC encourages visitors to its sites to use information from the site to help others. Permission to reproduce content in print or media will generally be granted for government, non-profit, and educational groups, and for use by neighborhood and community groups. If permission is granted, the following requirements will be imposed:

  • Text may not be altered.
  • Attribution must be given to NCPC as author of the text.
  • The address must be given for the original Web document.

NCPC has no practical means for updating materials that have been copied to other sites. For this reason, on-line reproduction of NCPC Web publications is discouraged and will generally not be approved.

You may not reproduce or distribute any image from NCPC Web properties without securing written permission in advance from NCPC. To request such permission, send e-mail to Be sure to include your name and address, a description of the purpose of your intended distribution of NCPC materials, the context in which NCPC materials will be used, and a specific description of the information and/or images you would like to use.

Some images/graphics are licensed by NCPC for use under the copyright law. Your use of these images without entering into a licensing agreement with the image owners will contravene copyright law.


McGruff the Crime Dog® and Take a Bite Out of Crime® are registered marks of the National Crime Prevention Council. These registered marks are the principal means by which the public recognizes NCPC and its products; use of these registered marks is reserved to NCPC.

You may use our registered marks to refer to our products and services. You may not use our logos and service marks (graphics of McGruff® or Scruff®) without obtaining prior written authorization. You may not use our service marks as or as part of your own trademarks, or to identify products or services that are not ours. You may not use our service marks in a manner that is likely to create confusion or in a manner that inaccurately implies NCPC sponsorship or endorsement or a product, service, or activity.

Please use the appropriate trademark notice (®, (sm)) with our trademarks. Images of McGruff the Crime Dog® should be accompanied by the service mark notice (sm), unless otherwise marked with a registration mark (®). Examples of appropriate notice for our trademarks are as follows:

McGruff the Crime Dog®
Take a Bite Out of Crime®

In using our registered marks, we ask that you not alter, edit, modify, or combine marks.

If permission to use an image of McGruff the Crime Dog® is granted, only that image may be used. Substitution of a different image is not acceptable; permission must be granted for each image used.

You may not create an image or likeness of McGruff the Crime Dog® for any purpose.

NCPC watermarks selected images on its sites, particularly images of our service mark, McGruff the Crime Dog®. If permission is granted to use images, watermarks must be preserved to the extent possible.


To request permission to reprint information from this site, requestion permission to use trademarked symbols and characters, or to request additional information, please send e-mail to or write to:

The National Citizens' Crime Prevention Campaign
National Crime Prevention Council
1000 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC 20036



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