Crime Prevention

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Merced Police Department has a very strong and active role in crime prevention throughout the city. Each police district hosts a monthly community meeting consisting of apartment managers, homeowners, and business owners. The meetings are open to everyone. Community concerns are discussed at the meetings and a joint effort by the police department and the citizens is made to resolve any problems. Officers also participate in Neighborhood Watch meetings. Neighborhoods from groups that meet to talk about issues or concerns they have in the area that they live. The city's Code Enforcement Officers are also involved with these meetings to assist in resolving neighborhood issuers. Anyone wishing to start a neighborhood watch group in their neighborhood can contact Lindsey Johnson at 385-6835. In addition, SAFESTREETS is another program designed to bring neighbors together to help prevent crime. Lt. Matthews can be reached for information on this program as well.

Identity Theft

Identity Theft is a crime in which an impostor obtains key pieces of personal identifying information, such as Social Security Account numbers, birthdates, driver's license numbers, etc., and uses them for their own personal gain. The Identity Theft Resource Center (R) (ITRC) is a non-profit, nationally respected organization dedicated exclusively to the understanding and prevention of identity theft. The ITRC provides consumer and victim support as well as public education. Some of the more popular pages of this site are Scam Alerts, assistance on Lost / Stolen Wallets, Victim Issues, Medical Identity Theft, and Victim Support. Visit this website ( as a resource for preventing identity theft.

Free Gun Locks Now Available

Each year, countless American children are accidentally killed by weapons that should have been properly secured. If you choose to keep a gun in your home, it is your legal responsibility to ensure that your weapon is stored in a safe manner and it is not accessible to children or other unauthorized persons. Hiding a gun in a drawer, closet or similar location is not safe. Remember, children are extremely curious. If you have an unsecured weapon in your home, there is an excellent chance of them finding it!

Don’t let your child become a statistic!

The National Shooting Sports Foundation has partnered with the CA State Sheriff’s Association, the CA Police Chief’s Association and the CA Department of Fish & Game to distribute 1,211,200 free gunlocks in California (the highest allotment of any state) as part of the national Project Child Safe (PCS) initiative. PCS is designed to help make homes with firearms safer by raising awareness about responsible firearm ownership and storage. An expansion of NSSF’s Project Home Safe, Project Child Safe is funded by a $50 million dollar grant from the Department of Justice and will provide nearly 20 million free gunlocks and firearm safety educational materials to families in all 50 states, the five U.S. territories and District of Columbia. In 2002, Project Home Safe succeeded in distributing 2.4 million safety kits to 44 states and has significantly raised awareness of firearms safety and responsibility. Gun Locks are available at the Central Police Station, during normal business hours.