Creating a safe community for children requires the involvement and commitment of the entire community, including parents, students, school personnel, neighborhood crime watch groups, religious groups, civic organizations, local businesses, and community social agencies. Join in the effort to make communities safer by utilizing the following tips.
- Participate in your local police district’s Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) activities. Visit the Chicago Police Department , and click on “Get Involved in CAPS.” You can also contact the CAPS Implementation Office at 312-745-5900.
- View the Chicago Police Department’s Crime Incident Clearmap . At the bottom of the map, under “Search By,” click on “School” to map conditions surrounding your child’s school. Safe passage-related information about school areas can also be found.
- Encourage the local police district CAPS officer to give talks and/or presentations at your local school, community centers, civic meetings, and places of worship.
- Report any suspicious neighborhood activities to the police.
- Build community spirit among your neighbors. Get to know them and agree to look out for one another.
Call for help if there’s domestic violence in a neighbor’s home.
- Clean up litter and graffiti in your community to help ensure that children live in a community of which they can be proud. Call City Services at 311 to submit a request for graffiti removal.
- Volunteer time at your local parks and recreation department.
- Help organize before- and after-school programs, sports leagues, or neighborhood centers.
- Involve your child in local crime prevention activities. This teaches children that they can constructively impact their community.
- Organize or join a neighborhood watch unit or violence prevention task force with other parents, teachers, and community residents and leaders.
- Distribute violence prevention materials to parents and community groups.
- Work with other parents and school officials to set up Drug-Free School Zones. Write letters to local government and community leaders to gain their support.
- Encourage local retailers to display violence prevention messages on advertisement boards or in their place of business.
- Organize first-aid/CPR/AED training programs in your community.
- Encourage your child to advise you of areas in the neighborhood in which they feel unsafe or suspect criminal activity.
- Help increase attendance and reduce truancy in your local school. Be aware of the school calendar in place at your community school. Know when students are expected to be in school. When school-aged children are not in school, call the Chicago Public Schools’ Truancy Hotline at (773) 553-4000. To report students who appear to be hanging out in a particular location during school hours, call the Chicago Police Department.
For more information, contact School Safety and Security at (773) 553-3030.