Crime Prevention

General Information

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is committed to helping our citizens keep themselves, their families and their communities safe from crime, the fear of crime and neighborhood decay.  Working collaboratively with other local law enforcement officials, we help establish networking systems, provide educational materials, programs, training and safety tutorials to promote pro-active crime prevention in our community.

Through an active Community Oriented Policing philosophy, we believe that individual citizens should be empowered to work with law enforcement to help keep themselves safe.  A number of programs we offer will provide tools that you can use to learn crime prevention strategies, engage other community members, and coordinate with local law enforcement to aid in crime prevention.

Crime Prevention Programs

Neighborhood Watch Program

A neighborhood Watch system is easy to establish, simply by getting to know your neighbors on either side of your home, and directly across the street. In a Neighborhood-Watch community, neighbors keep watch on each others’ homes and report any suspicious activity.  As one of the most successful community/law enforcement partnerships in the USA, this program aids law enforcement by creating a closer sense of community among citizens. Neighbors who know each other become eyes and ears for each other and develop an awareness of unusual circumstances and suspicious behaviors.

Refuse To Be A Victim Program

The Refuse to Be a Victim (RTBAV) program covers methods and ideas to help prevent crime in your home, workplace, when you are out running errands, engaging in family activities, or traveling away from home.  Download the "Refuse To Be A Victim Program" Resource on the right to read more about the seminars offered.

National Night Out Program

Each year on the first Tuesday in August, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office participates in the National Night Out Program. Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, this nation-wide crime prevention event invites citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, and local officials in all 50 states for an evening of cookouts and block parties in support of local anticrime programs.  This event reminds us of the by-gone days where folks left their doors unlocked and were not afraid to let their children run and play in the neighborhoods.  By promoting this event, we hope to encourage neighbors to meet one another, strengthen neighborhood spirit, reinforce community/law enforcement partnerships, and send the message to criminals that these involved neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

For more information on how your neighborhood can get involved in National Night Out, download the "Refuse To Be A Victim Program" Resource on the right for details.

Helpful Crime Prevention Information

Identity Theft Information

The Federal Trade Commission provides up-to-date information and publications regarding Identity Theft: what it is, what to do if you think you might be an identity theft victim, and ways to protect your identity to avoid becoming a victim.

For more information, go to the FTC website at

On the right side of this webpage you will find a list of consumer publications. You can download the comprehensive 52-page publication titled “Take Charge: Fighting Back Against Identity Theft.” This publication covers the major aspects of I.D. theft and walks the consumer through what to do if you believe you have been victimized.   

Other resources:

  • FTC’s Identity Theft Hotline toll-free at 1-877-ID-THEFT (438-4338),
  • FTS TTY number: 1-866-653-4261.
  • FTC: Identity Theft Clearinghouse, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20580. 
  • Download the "Tips For Preventing Identity Theft" guide on the right side of this page.

Operation Identification

The Operation ID program allows law enforcement to detect, identify, and return stolen or lost property to its rightful owner.  Simply mark valuable property with an identification number using an engraver, a carbide-tipped pen, or indelible marker.

You can use your Driver’s License Number, including the two-letter state code, or a number you create if you prefer. NEVER USE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER FOR THIS PURPOSE. Marking your valuables in this way makes your property easy to identify, more difficult for a thief to sell or pawn, and easier for law enforcement to return to you if recovered after being lost or stolen. Items too small to be marked should be photographed or videotaped and kept in a safe place on a CD, flash card, or memory sticks. 

For more information visit the Operation Identification web page at:

Home Security Survey

Download the Home Security Resource on the right for a survey that outlines ways to prevent theft and home intrusion by “target-hardening” your residence. Take the survey and see what you can do to better protect yourself and your family.

Quick Reference Phone List

Download the "Quick Reference Phone List" resource on the right and keep it by your home telephone for ease in reaching various community agencies.  Take the time to enter the list into your cell phone to be prepared for emergencies.

Below is a list of weblinks to other agencies that provide valuable crime prevention information:

  • National Crime Prevention Council — This is the home of McGruff the Crime Dog with his trademarked saying: “Take a Bite Out of Crime.” This website is full of good ideas and ways that families can participate in crime prevention activities.
  • Department of Homeland Security — Created shortly after the terrorist attack on 9-11, in addition to having counterterrorism information, this site offers preparedness, response, and recovery information and publications.
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency — Although this agency provides support for victims of natural disasters, such as fire, flood, earthquakes, etc., it has information concerning preventative measures and ideas that should be part of any family’s emergency plan.
  • National Neighborhood Watch Program — This is the website for National Neighborhood Watch, working in conjunction with the National Sheriff’s Association. This site provides information and publications about Neighborhood Watch as well as a history of the program’s origins.