Foreword - The Orlando Police Department embraces a philosophy known as Community Oriented Policing (COP). COP strives to develop partnerships between the police and the community in efforts to keep Orlando a safe city with a strong local economy and livable neighborhoods. How this is carried out varies greatly from area to area based on the circumstances and needs of each neighborhood.
Each officer assigned to patrol a particular neighborhood is tasked with familiarizing themselves with their area and the issues that are important to the residents and visitors of the area. Additionally, the officers are tasked with developing solutions for the various problems they may identify. In turn, it is necessary for each citizen to be active in their neighborhood by participating in Neighborhood Watch programs, neighborhood associations, and just being good neighbors.
In addition to the patrol officer assigned to your neighborhood, the Orlando Police Department's Community Involvement Section has a Crime Prevention Officer assigned to each City Commission District. For more information on how you can participate in Community Oriented Policing, contact your Crime Prevention Officer at 246-2461.
A NOTE TO BUSINESS OWNERS: Many of the topics discussed in this guide generally apply to the security of commercial premises; however, most business locations have security issues unique to them alone. These may include roof access, ventilation shafts, etc. For a comprehensive Commercial Security Survey in Orlando, contact your Crime Prevention Officer at 246-2461. There is no cost for this service. If your business is not in Orlando, contact your local law enforcement agency.
The Orlando Police Department wishes to thank the Florida Attorney General's Office for its cooperation and assistance in the publication of this guide.
Crime Prevention Guide
CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design)
Much more far-reaching than deadbolts on doors and locks on windows, CPTED
principles can be applied easily and inexpensively to building or remodeling,
and have been implemented in communities across the nation. What is the secret
to CPTED? Design that eliminates or reduces criminal behavior and at the same
time encourages people to "keep an eye out" for each other. These are just a few
of the ingredients that go into creating an effective CPTED environment...that
is, a safer, more livable community.