Event Description

In order to pass off this merit badge at Scout Expo and receive a signed Blue Card, you must print off the Merit Badge Worksheet for this Merit Badge and fill it out as completely as possible. Then fulfill the requirment(s) listed below that are in BOLD and bring some evidence that you have completed the requirements with you to Scout Expo.




Crime Prevention Requirements

  1. Discuss the role and value of laws in society with regard to crime and crime prevention. Include in your discussion the definitions of "crime" and "crime prevention."
  2. Prepare a notebook of newspaper and other clippings that addresses crime and crime prevention efforts in your community.
  3. Discuss the following with your counselor:
    a. The role of citizens, including youth, in crime prevention
    b. Gangs and their impact on the community
    c. When and how to report a crime
  4. After doing EACH of the following, discuss with your counselor what you have learned.
    a. Inspect your neighborhood for opportunities that may lead to crime. Learn how to do a crime prevention survey.
    b. Using the checklist in this (the merit badge) pamphlet, conduct a security survey of your home and discuss the results with your family.
  5. Teach your family or patrol members how to protect themselves from crime at home. at school, in your community, and while traveling.
  6. Help raise awareness about one school safety issue facing students by doing ONE of the following:
    a. Create a poster for display on a school bulletin board.
    b. With permission from school officials, create a page long public service announcement that could be read over the public address system at school or posted on the school's Web site.
    c. Make a presentation to a group such as a Cub Scout den that addresses the issue.
  7. Do ONE of the following:
    a. Assist in the planning and organization of a crime prevention program in your community such as Neighborhood Watch, Community Watch, or Crime Stoppers. Explain how this program can benefit your neighborhood.
    b. With your parent's and counselor's approval, visit a jail or detention facility or a criminal court hearing. Discuss your experience with your counselor.
  8. Discuss the following with your counselor:
    a. How drug abuse awareness programs, such as "Drugs: A Deadly Game," help prevent crime
    b. Why alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana are sometimes called "gateway drugs" and how "gateway drugs" can lead to the use of other drugs
    c. Three resources in your city where a person with a drug problem or drug-related problem can go for help
    d. How the illegal sale and use of drugs lead to other crimes
    e. How to recognize chi