Crime Prevention

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ArrestThe best way to stay safe is to learn how. The links below provide excellent information on how to protect yourself and your property. If you believe you are a victim of one of these types of crime, please contact the San Luis Obispo Police Department for assistance at 805-781-7312.

Cyber Crime Prevention
Identity Theft Prevention
Elder Fraud Prevention
Protecting Your Home & Property

Check out the Federal Trade Commission's website at for further information on scam alerts, reporting identity theft, phone scams, online security, and more.

Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch groups provide a proactive opportunity for residents to help deter and fight crime in their respective neighborhoods. Neighborhood Watch groups are self-managed with support from SLOPD and require residents to commit to being the "eyes and ears" of an area, assisting with prevention by calling SLOPD when suspicious activity is occurring. If you and your neighbors are interested in setting up a Neighborhood Watch, contact Christine Wallace, Neighborhood Outreach Manager at 805-781-7186 or

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a multi-disciplinary approach to deterring criminal behavior through environmental design. CPTEDs include the design, maintenance, and use of built environment to reduce the fear of crime as well as the incidents of crime. The CPTED principles used to deter and reduce crime are:

  1. Natural Surveillance
  2. Territoriality
  3. Access Control
  4. Activities
  5. Maintenance and Management

Interested in a CPTED review of your home or business? Contact Christine Wallace at or Officer Brent Inglehart at