Proclamation 5692 -- National Neighborhood Crime Watch Day, 1987
the President of the
prevention is at the top of our Nation's public policy agenda for the simple
reason that crime is still all too commonplace. Each year in
Passivity in the fight against crime is now passe. Across the Nation law-abiding citizens are banding together and, in close cooperation with the appropriate agencies of government, they are taking the initiative to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their neighborhoods. The effectiveness of this form of deterrence against crime has been proven in community after community, and it all boils down to one guiding principle -- neighbors looking out for neighbors.
Twenty-two million American households were touched by crime last year -- a staggering figure, but still the lowest in a decade. The decline that has taken place is certainly due in part to greater public awareness of crime and increased citizen participation in crime prevention activities. The statistics represent improved safeguarding of homes and property, but their real significance is the improved security and well-being of our people -- the core values any society is constituted to protect.
must do all we can to make more citizens aware of the importance of community
crime watch programs and the impact they as individuals can have on the
detection, reporting, discouragement, and solution of crimes. On
Participation in this nationwide event will also demonstrate the value and effectiveness of police and community cooperation in crime prevention. It will generate support for the worthwhile campaign the National Crime Prevention Council is conducting through its Crime Prevention Coalition. This Coalition, composed of organizations representing law enforcement, business, labor, minorities, the elderly, and various public interest groups, seeks to promote citizen involvement in crime watch activities and, through public service advertising and publications, provides information on how citizens can better protect themselves.
The Coalition's campaign features the trench-coated, floppy-eared dog, McGruff, popularized on radio and television and in newspapers and magazines. His message is basic and direct: We can all ``Take a Bite Out of Crime'' by playing a role in neighborhood block watches, citizen patrols, escort services for the elderly and the vulnerable, and similar activities and by taking a few simple precautions.
Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 121, has designated
Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the
Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this tenth day of August, in the
year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-seven, and of the
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of the Federal Register, ,
Note: The proclamation was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on August 11.