Paradise Valley Police Department launches Community Armor Program

If there was a program that could reduce your susceptibility to criminal activity, would you use it?

Peter Wingert

Peter Wingert

The Paradise Valley Police Department has implemented a program called, Community Armor. The program’s tenets include crime deterrence, crime education, crime awareness and crime recovery.

Each of the services the Paradise Valley Police Department offers falls into one of these categories. If a community member would like to join the Community Armor Program, and decrease their overall susceptibility to falling victim to a criminal occurrence, the citizen can partner with the Paradise Valley Police Department in the Community Armor program.

This column will concentrate on the Crime Deterrence piece of the Community Armor program. Crime deterrence programs offered by the Paradise Valley Police Department include Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design or CPTED (pronounced “Sep-ted). The CPTED program focuses on landscape and environmental changes that you can make around your residence that will deter criminals from choosing to target your property.

Those landscape changes might be as simple as trimming a shrub that blocks a window or planting a thorny object under that same window. It could include channeling foot traffic approaching your residence through one particular area, and video surveilling that approach with security cameras.

Home security reviews conducted by our Community Resource Officer Kevin Albert — or 480 348-3597 — also fall into the crime deterrence portion of the Community Armor Program. Officer Albert or one of the other officers on my team will assist you in deterring criminal activity around your residence by conducting an onsite review of your home and giving you tips about how to prevent criminals from choosing your residence.

These tips could be CPTED in nature, or simply a matter of aiming an exterior light in a different direction.
Other pieces in the crime deterrence portion of the Community Armor Program include neighborhood watch, in which you and a group of your neighbors work together to make your neighborhood safer from the criminal element, and vacation watch, where officers and volunteers from the Paradise Valley Police Department keep an eye on your residence while you are out of town.

Neighborhood watch has been around for some time, and is proven effective in building community. Neighborhood watch facilitates communication between members of the community. Officer Albert can help you set up neighborhood watch in your neighborhood; see his contact information above. Vacation watch forms can be downloaded from our website (, completed and either mailed or dropped off at the Paradise Valley Police Department, 6433 E. Lincoln Drive. Due to security concerns, we cannot take these forms via e-mail.

These are a few of the services that your Paradise Valley Police Department offers to deter crime under the Community Armor Program. Please seek out ways to make your property less attractive to the criminal element by taking advantage of one of these services. Future columns will address other portions of the Community Armor Program.

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