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Running Crime Prevention Programs
Certification Process
The Christiansburg Police Department spearheaded the application process, which began in June of 2008, and involved documenting their work, along with the work of numerous other agencies and organizations, in preventing crime.

According to Mark Sisson, Christiansburg’s Police Chief, “Low crime rates don’t just happen; it takes lots of people making it happen. Crime prevention in Christiansburg is absolutely a community effort – and this certification reinforces that.”

He went on to say, “Plenty of communities have people working on crime prevention but this certification ties it all together and keeps people on the same page. Preventing crime involves focusing on all people from youth through old age.”

Diverse Programs
Sisson points to the diversity of the programs, including:
  • Domestic violence prevention programs
  • Code enforcement of abandoned vehicles and overgrown lots by Town officials
  • Truancy prevention programs in Montgomery County Schools
  • TRIAD program that aims to reduce crime against senior citizens, among others
as evidence of the broad-based approach used to help reduce crime and protect citizens in Christiansburg.

Business Services
Among the services offered through this program are free safety assessments of homes or businesses in Christiansburg. The assessment involves looking at things such as shrub height and effective use of lighting to deter would-be criminals. A property owner simply needs to contact the Christiansburg Police Department at 540-382-3131 to set up an appointment. The complete list of 40 programs may be viewed here.

According to Chief Sisson, these programs “underscore the commitment Christiansburg has in maintaining a safe community for all its citizens. We look forward to partnering with all aspects of the community to continue this effort.”

Additional Information
Additionally, then-Town Manager Lance Terpenny called the certification “a testament to the hard work and dedication of many agencies and organizations across the Town. This is something for which all of Christiansburg can be proud.”

Christiansburg’s certification in February 2010 makes it only the 15th locality in the commonwealth to be named a Certified Crime Prevention Community since the program’s launch in 1998. Other certified communities include the cities of Radford, Bristol, Galax and Roanoke, as well as Fairfax and Henrico Counties.