Published: Oct 01, 2010 3:12 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 01, 2010 12:12 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - October is Crime Prevention Month and the Fort Myers Police Department will recognize and celebrate the practice of crime prevention while promoting awareness of volunteerism and creating safer communities.

The month-long recognition is an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year, recommit to crime prevention basics and renew relationships between law enforcement and the community. According to the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) a community with rampant crime is a community that lacks citizen involvement and partnership with local law enforcement. Everyone can do something to prevent crime from helping police identify crime problems, starting a neighborhood watch or taking commonsense steps to protect their homes and property.

Chief Doug Baker says citizen involvement is vital in making our communities safe. "The Police Department is only as successful as the community allows us to be. We've worked hard to become more accessible through our anonymous crime tip programs and many of our community-based programs. We need to continue to work together to achieve our goal of making our city one of the safest in Florida"

FMPD will officially kick off Crime Prevention Month on Monday, October 4, 2010 at the Fort Myers City Council meeting at 4:30 p.m. FMPD's Crime Prevention Unit will receive a proclamation for Crime Prevention Month, Celebrating Safe Communities and McGruff the Crime Dog's 30th birthday. McGruff will attend the meeting. Other October activities include:

Home Depot Safety Day on October 2nd from 9:00a.m.- Noon located at the Forum.

Paint the Park/Celebrating Safe Communities on October 16th 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. located at Dunbar Park.

Senior Safety Day on October 23rd located at the Dr. Piper Center.

Trunk or Treat on October 29th at Sam Flieshman Fields located at 1750 Matthew Drive at 7:00p.m.