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McGruff Crime Prevention Messages for Children

McGruff wants you to take a bite out of crimeMcGruff® Wants You to Take a Bite Out of Crime®: This comic-activity book helps children learn how to protect themselves from crime — places to go for help, places to avoid, ways to resist peer pressure, what to do if a gun or drugs turn up, and how to settle fights without weapons or fists. [view at ] [order on] [more about the children's campaign]

Investing in Youth for a Safer Future (teen)

labelsInvesting in Youth for a Safer Future: What Do You Want to be Labeled as?: This colorful pamphlet encourages teens to get involved in programs that prevent crime. It includes examples of programs that teens across the country are involved in, explains the steps in designing a project, and provides resources for additional help. Order a copy by calling 1-800-722-TEENS. [summary] [download (pdf, 988 kb — get the free reader from Adobe)] [more about the investing in youth campaign]

Investing in Youth For a Safer Future (adult)

invest in youthInvesting in Youth for a Safer Future: "When you spend time with kids it helps prevent crime." This information packed booklet explains the why and how of spending time with kids, including age-appropriate activities, how to get started, and resources for learning more. Order a copy by calling 1-800-WE-PREVENT. [download (pdf, 1.5 mb — get the free reader from Adobe)] [more about the investing in youth campaign]

United for a Stronger America

united for a stronger AmericaUnited for a Stronger America describes specific actions individuals can take to prevent terrorism around five themes: protecting self and family; protecting/comforting children; knowing and caring for neighbors; reporting crimes and suspicious activity; and emergency preparedness. Order a copy by calling 1-800-WE-PREVENT. [ download (pdf, 477 kb — get the free reader from Adobe)] [more about the united for a stronger America campaign]

Other Free Publications for Adults

making children saferMaking Children, Families, and Communities Safer from Violence: A 24-page booklet packed with things individuals can do to prevent or reduce violence, including gun-related violence against family and friends, neighborhood, or community. Profiles of real-life programs that help curb violence are complemented by tips for success in talking with children, working with neighbors, and building community strength. Also includes extensive resource list, family-neighborhood-community checklist, referral phone list, and two posters to help in talking with children. Order by calling 1-800-WE-PREVENT. [full text (on]

securing the futureSecuring the Future for Safer Youth and Communities: Twenty-page booklet available in English and Spanish presents opportunities for adults to commit time, resources, and support to keeping youth crime free and helping them become active, involved adults. Includes numerous examples of proven prevention and intervention programs as well as handy checklists for individual and community action. Also available in Spanish. Order by calling 1-800-WE-PREVENT (English language) or 1-800-727-UNETE (Spanish language). [full text in English (html on][Spanish (pdf on (pdf — get the free reader from Adobe)]

NCPC has other free publicationsOther free crime prevention materials: NCPC has free reproducible brochures on crime prevention topics ranging from Neighborhood Watch to date rape. Just download, photocopy, and distribute.

NCPC also sells publications through the McGruff Online Book Store; over 100 books, videos, posters, and other effective tools are available to help your community prevent crime and build communities in which crime does not flourish.


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