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Crime Prevention Unit

Welcome to the Crime Prevention Program.  Crime Prevention is designed to take a proactive approach by citizens and law enforcement working together to deter crime in Walworth County.

What is Crime Prevention?
It's the anticipation, recognition, and appraisal of a crime risk, and the initiation of some action to remove or reduce it.  There needs to be three factors present for a crime to occur:

1. The desire on the part of the criminal to commit the crime.
2. The ability (skills) and tools to commit the crime.
3. The opportunity to successfully carry out the crime.

We cannot hope to eliminate a criminal's desire to commit crimes.  Nor can we take away one's ability to commit the crime.  However, crime prevention can remove or reduce the opportunity.  Without an opportunity, the criminal is forced to go elsewhere.

This is accomplished by working with the community, getting the community involved in law enforcement, and is a readily available resource to the community for its safety needs.  This involvement can be with individuals, civic groups, or businesses.  The primary focus of this program is to go to these individuals or groups and give recommendations on personal, residential, and business safety.

Some of the programs that are available through the Walworth County Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Unit are:

  • Crime Stoppers                                                                 
  • Neighborhood Watch
  • Residential and Business Security Surveys
  • Safety Fairs
  • Safety Talks

The Crime Prevention Officer is available to give talks and presentations on several safety topics. (Click here for list).

Crime Prevention is not new, but we need your help in fighting crime.

"It is much better to prevent one man from being a criminal than apprehending and bringing forty men to justice."

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."


Be Alert and Be Prepared!  That is the message of the FBI video, Avoid – Deny – Defend.

Americans today are busier than ever with work deadlines, kid’s sports and activity schedule, and after hour commitments.  Add to that the distraction of computers, cell phones and even the electronics in vehicles and it’s easy for people to lose track of what is going on around them.

When a disastrous situation strikes, such as an active shooter event, research has shown in most cases the event is over before law enforcement arrives.  That is why experts for “The Advance Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training” program (ALERRT) teamed up with Texas State University and law enforcement to put together a training presentation designed for civilians, to be used by civilians. 

Mental and physical preparedness is the key to survival.  The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training focuses on that concept and instructs on how to AVOID the attacker, DENY access of the attacker and DEFEND yourself against the attacker if that is your last resort. 

The Walworth County Sheriff’s Office invites you to watch the Avoid-Deny-Defend video for helpful information regarding what to do if you are ever involved in an active shooter event.  If your business or organization is interested in receiving the CRASE training, please contact Deputy Dan Nelson at

Thank you and be aware, be prepared and be safe!

PLEASE NOTE - TO SUBMIT ANONYMOUS TIPS: To submit a tip via e-mail to Walworth County Crime Stoppers, click here or download the P3 Tips app on your I-phone or Android device by searching P3 Tips, or via a phone call to 262-723-2677.

Please feel free to contact the Walworth County Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Unit for your safety needs.


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