The main goal of the Crime Prevention department is to provide programs and services offered through the Gilbert Police Department to better assist and educate citizens.
Crime Prevention Programs:
Child ID / Fingerprint Clinics
In partnership with the Arizona Crime Prevention Association, Inc. the Gilbert Police Department offers free Child ID/Fingerprinting for children over age 3 at various times throughout the year. Using the latest technology, parents receive a laminated ID card along with a CD which stores digital fingerprints, photographs and voice recognition files for the parents to maintain.
Please watch our social media channels and Town Calendar for event dates and information.
Crime Free Multi-Housing
In an effort to promote safety within Gilbert’s apartment communities, the Crime Free program is available and designed to help owners and property managers keep illegal activity out. Through three phases of implementation, apartment communities work closely with police to learn more about the use of the Drug-Free/Crime Free Lease Addendum and documenting and reporting in order to decrease crime.
Drug and Gang Prevention and Awareness Program
For parents, guardians, and adults: click on this quiz to help start the conversation with your child about drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, as well as word search and math puzzle activities. It is a fact that children whose parents talk to them about drugs are half as likely to ever use them, however only 20% of children report having had a conversation about drugs with their parents.
The Gilbert Police Department houses a drop box for prescription and over-the-counter drugs in the lobby of the main station at 75 East Civic Center Drive. This drop box was set up in order to keep these harmful chemicals out of our children's hands and keep our environment chemical free. It is available 24/7.
Acceptable items include: Prescription drugs, prescription patches, prescription samples, pet medication, and over the counter medications including vitamins.
Unacceptable items include, but are not limited to: Aerosol cans or inhalers, prescription ointments, bio-hazard or infectious waste, sharps, hydrogen peroxide or alcohol, thermometers, food items and supplements
Statewide, residents and visitors can view an interactive map at www.acpa.net listing permanent collection sites around the state. Residents can now search for the nearest collection site by entering their address or by simply reviewing the map. Clicking on the map will also reveal the sites’ hours of operation as well as guidance on what should and should not be dropped off at the collection sites.
Home and Business Security Surveys
In an effort to reduce the number of commercial and residential burglaries that occur each year in Gilbert, the Lock ‘em Out Program allows citizen’s the opportunity to speak one-on-one with a police Crime Prevention Specialist to find out ways to better protect themselves, their homes and their businesses.
Identity Theft Reduction Program
In order to assist citizens in further protecting their private information, the Crime Prevention Unit offers secured document shredding at various times throughout the year as well as various resources.
Additional information on preventing identity theft is available on our Identity Theft Prevention page.
If you are planning a vacation, don't forget to let the Gilbert Police Department in on your plans. When a resident of Gilbert goes on vacation, the Police Department can offer extra patrol to check on your property.
This program, also known as USA On-Watch or Block Watch promotes citizen and police cooperation in reducing crime within a community. In Gilbert, communities who desire participation into this program are encouraged to assign a coordinator, contact a Crime Prevention Specialist and host an initial activation meeting with your own community.
Vehicle Theft Reduction Program
Last year, Arizona continued to see some of the highest numbers of vehicle thefts in the nation. That is why the Gilbert Police Department is taking such a proactive stand on reducing the number of vehicle theft in Gilbert.
The Gilbert Police Department offers small group tours for individuals over the age of 6. As part of these tours, individuals will be able to experience a state of the art public safety facility as well as meet some of the staff that work each day to maintain safety and order.
Self- Awareness Program for Women
Protecting yourself is sometimes as simple as avoiding a situation before it happens. If you have a group of 15 or more and would like to host a class, the Gilbert Police Crime Prevention Unit can assist you in learning these methods.
G.A.I.N. (Getting Involved in Neighborhoods)
Find out what Gilbert is doing to G.A.I.N this year.
October is National Crime Prevention month and the Gilbert Police Department encourages all citizens, government agencies, public and private institutions, and businesses to invest in the power of prevention and work together to make the community stronger and safer by hosting an event within your own community.