Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), also known as Design Out Crime, is based on the fundamental idea that the proper design and management of the physical environment can deter crime in a specific area. It is based on CPTED … Go To Page
Popular free apps could steal information from your smart cell phone and send it to the wrong people. Watch this video clip to see how you can tell if you downloaded one of these apps and which ones are safe.
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (ic3.gov) just released the latest national cybercrime statistics for 2013. Included are state-specific breakouts of stats including Florida. You can download your copy here: http://www.ic3.gov/media/annualreport/2013_IC3Report.pdf
The South Florida Crime Prevention Association has provided sign-up information for law enforcement officers to access to a shared website for crime prevention resources. Officer Glenn Roberts of the Coral Springs Police Department offers the following instructions.
Fusion Center Crime Prevention SharePoint Web-site:
LEO’s with existing FC SharePoint access: Go to the attached link: https://region7.fdle.state.fl.us/sites/R7/RegionalLE/SIGLE/cp/Lists/Crime%20Prevention%20Discussion%20Board. If you cannot access the site from this link, please contact either Andrea Ward or Nicole Talerico (see contact e-mails below) at the Fusion Center and they will have this tab added to your sign-in.
LEO and Cleared Agency Personnel without Fusion Center Access: Complete the attached FFCN Application and send it to the FDLE point of contact listed. Next, send an e-mail to one of the following Fusion Center representatives where you will be granted 30-day access while the application is processed:
- Nicole Talerico: TalericoN@pbso.org
- Andrea Ward: WardAL@pbso.org
Community Involvement Access Private Partners and Organizations: Complete the attached FFCN Application and send it to the FDLE contact point listed. You will then be contacted by Fusion Center personnel once the application has been processed for non-sensitive Community Involvement level access.
So far the Fusion Center has already added over 40 presentations/guides, and 30 agency hyperlinks to resources. This project will only be as successful as we make it, so I strongly encourage active participation within our associations. If you have any other questions or issues in reference to the Fusion Center or FDLE credentialing process, see the points of contact listed above. Please feel free to contact me regarding any other questions related to this project.
OFFICER GLENN ROBERTS
Community Involvement – Emergency Management
Coral Springs Police Department
firstname.lastname@example.org • Phone 954-344-1835 • Fax 954-346-1360
City of Coral Springs • 2801 Coral Springs Drive • Coral Springs, Florida 33065
The Florida Department of Education published a very comprehensive manual for reducing crimes in schools. It uses Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) strategies to enhance security and reduce violence and vandalism on campuses.
The Florida Safe School Design Guidelines manual is a free publication from the Florida Department of Education.
Audio is a great way to connect with your audience. By recording a simple file and posting it online, we can let our community use any method they want to listen to our message. Most of us probably don’t realize how many ways there are to listen to on-demand audio. Listed below are some of the means but there are many more.
Ways to listen to on-demand audio and podcasts
- Directly from a website using computer. This is as simple as surfing the Internet on your desktop PC or laptop and clicking on a link to listen through your web browser. For example, if you go to http://crimepreventionhq.com/3 you will see a media player embedded right in the post and you can stream the audio through the website.
- Download the (MP3) file. In most cases, you can right-click on a link to an audio file and select “save” to download the file to your hard drive. The audio will play using a media player and you won’t have to be connected to the internet when you listen. In some cases, the file may be downloaded from a shared cloud storage service such as Dropbox. Here is a link to a previous podcast. Right-click it and “save as” to see how to download the file.
- Subscribe to RSS feed. RSS stands for Rich Site Summary and is a method of subscribing to a feed that will automatically deliver content to your device. For example, the RSS feed for this podcast is http://crimepreventionhq.com/feed/podcast.
- Receive an email with the audio file. Although audio files attachments can be quite large, this is a possible option if you just want to send a short message to a few individuals such as your Neighborhood Watch Block Captains.
- On Apple TV. This streaming device has a built-in app to play your favorite audio and video podcasts right on your TV. You can also connect the audio output of the Apple TV to your home receiver and play the audio through your home theater speakers for better sound. The native Podcasts App allows access to the largest directory of podcasts available.
- On Roku TV. Same as Apple TV above but not tied in to the Apple brand. You will need to install a Podcast player from the Roku channel store but it is free. The Roku is a great device for streaming Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Amazon Prime Video and most anything else you can think of to your TV.
- On Internet enabled smart TVs. Internet-enabled TVs are ready for listeners to surf to your website and play your audio.
- Using an iPod or MP3 player. The original portable device to listen to podcasts.
- From a link embedded in Twitter. Twitter allows you to place a link to your audio file directly in your tweet and your listeners will be able to play the file on most devices. Here is an example:
Did a Microsoft Technician Call Me? I Smell a RAT! A new podcast episode about this widespread scam is available at http://t.co/Zj7nSXvkIA
— Crime Prevention HQ (@CrimePreventHQ) July 12, 2014
- From a Facebook post using Soundcloud. Soundcloud is currently the only service that Facebook allows to display a native audio player. You can still put a link to your audio file in Facebook but it will take your listener out of Facebook when they click on it. Although this example doesn’t include Soundcloud, it demonstrates how Facebook will display a regular link to your audio post: Post by Crime Prevention HQ.
- Using a tablet. Much more portable than a laptop.
- Using a smart phone. We are a mobile generation. Statistics show that the majority of our media consumption is now from a mobile device rather than a desk-bound computer.
- In a car. Manufacturers are including more and more Internet streaming apps directly into the dashboards on new car models.
Here is a quick fact sheet from the IACP on how law enforcement can use Twitter. If you haven’t already done so, you may want to consider adding Twitter to your crime prevention tool belt.
Twitter Fact Sheet from the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
This is your headquarters for resources, tips, training and content for the crime prevention services provider.
We do lots of things at Crime Prevention HQ, but we try to concentrate on two areas: using social media tools to spread your crime prevention message and providing some content that you can pass on to your community.
Let’s start with a voice mail that I received this week at home. Later, we’ll talk about ways you can share this information with your community.
I received a voice mail this week that claimed to be from a Microsoft Certified Technician. The message claimed that my computer has been sending error messages to Microsoft and that the technician was going to help me fix my computer. I play the actual voice mail in the podcast.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police Center for Social Media has a very good getting-started guide for any law enforcement agency that is interested in developing a Facebook page. It includes a good Top 5 Tips section for increasing community engagement.
Beyond Bullet Points: Using Microsoft PowerPoint to Create Presentations That Inform, Motivate, and Inspire
Microsoft Press, 2011)(
Some people say that you should never have more than six words in a PowerPoint bullet point and no more than six bullet points on a slide. I say that if you have that many words on a slide you haven’t created a slide, you’ve created speaker notes! Cliff Atkinson takes it even further and says you probably don’t need bullet points at all. The real eye opener for me was chapter 2 where the author describes the two channels of communication (visual and verbal) and details how our minds can’t comprehend both at once. That means that when you throw a new slide up on the screen your audience won’t hear what you’re saying until they finish reading the slide onscreen! An amazing revelation that changed the way I do presentations.
Another book by Nancy Duarte that takes our presentations beyond PowerPoint by telling us how to present visual stories. Every Crime Prevention Officer can benefit from the in-depth information provided. My favorite takeaways are the “sparklines” for famous speeches that illustrate the presentation form. Although this book provides a few tips for improving the layout of PowerPoint slides, its strength lies in helping us structure our story. Although this book is available in Kindle format, I recommend the paperback version for its huge number of full-color, glossy illustrations.