November is National Community Safety and Crime Prevention Month.
The goal is to bring awareness to the promotion of community safety throughout Canada.
Let’s learn about risk and protective factors in crime.
Risk factors increase the chance that a person will commit crime. Examples of risk factors include:
- unemployment and low income
- changes in families and parenting
- alcohol and drug use
- changes in communities where people don’t know each other
Protective factors reduce the chance that a person will commit a crime or become a victim. Examples of protective factors include:
- supportive family
- positive and healthy peers
- positive attitudes and coping skills
- access to support services
Proactive measures and removing factors which contribute to crime are important in crime prevention. All Albertans can help make Alberta an even safer place to live and work.
- For example, consider increasing street visibility around your house. This helps neighbors and others to see if someone is in your yard. In addition, you can reach out, volunteer, and participate in your community.
If you want to learn how to volunteer and participate in your community, contact Edmonton Neighbourhood Watch!