Crime Reporting & Communication

Citizens and youth alike can make a difference and contribute to reduction of violence, crime, drug abuse, kidnapping and other forms of criminalities by communicating and reporting crime that is about to occur as well as provide information on crimes under investigation. By setting up a crime reporting system in schools and communities, it will make reporting easier and safer, prevent crime by sharing information about potential problems, helps authorities to solve crime problems, and helps to make it clear that reporting crime is the right and responsible thing to do.

Crime reporting & Communication is giving the proper authorities information you have about: a crime that might be committed, a crime that has been committed, someone who was involved in committing a crime. Reporting can prevent crime, not just a response to a crime already committed

Why Report Crime?
In Youth Crime Watch, we believe that:
• Reporting is the right thing to do.
• Reporting is a responsibility to peers and others.
• Reporting makes the school and community safer for everyone.

Reporting is the right thing to do and the smartest thing because the young person or citizen who could be victimized might not be another student, or youth, or adult, it might be YOU. It's all about taking care of your neighbourhood, school, organization, family and friends. The Youth Crime Watch approach to reporting relies on community and personal commitment to crime prevention and safety, not on CASH REWARDS.

Reporting prevents crime in at least four ways:
• It prevents incidents before they occur.
• It helps to pinpoint problems causing crimes.
• It makes it easier to find criminals and prevent them from committing more crimes.
• It creates an atmosphere that says, "We Care."

What does an effective crime reporting system do?
• An effective crime reporting system encourages honest communication and reduces fear by providing anonymous as well as direct ways to report. Anonymous in this situation means that the name of the person who made the report is not known publicly. In some cases it could mean that the person submitting the report did not indicate their name, such as putting a report in a tip or suggestion box. Or it might mean that the adult receiving the report knows the name of the person reporting but does nor give that name to anyone else.
• It educates young people, the school or neighbourhood about what to report, how to report, and very importantly, why to report.
• When there is a success, it spreads the word so the community knows the system works and does it in a way that protects the identity of the person reporting
• An effective reporting system coniders the needs of those who must do the reporting and supports their safety and security.