Crime Prevention

Crime Resistance in a Municipal Environment

The Lima Police Department C.R.I.M.E. Unit (Crime Resistance In a Municipal Environment) deals exclusively with crime prevention. The C.R.I.M.E. Unit is staffed by Community Service Officers who are funded by a grant through Community Development. The primary duties of the Community Service Officers are to provide crime prevention education and techniques to Lima residents. The general duties associated with this goal include home security surveys, foot patrol in the downtown area, commercial security surveys, crime prevention presentations, graffiti abatement, and administrative duties.


  • The home security survey is a common service provided by Community Service Officers. This involves making contact with citizens, either door to door or by request. Community Service Officers assess the general security of the interior and exterior of the home and make recommendations of how to decrease the likelihood of being victimized. Community Service officers also follow up at homes after a burglary has occurred and offer a home security survey.
  • A commercial security survey is an assessment of a place of business and suggestions are given for the prevention of robbery, shoplifting, employee theft and burglary. Areas such as physical environment, points of entry, cash control, robbery procedure, and key control are evaluated.
  • The C.R.I.M.E. Unit offers presentations to cover all aspects of crime and crime prevention. These include, but are not limited to, block watch, home security, personal safety, elderly safety, fraud prevention, rape prevention, robbery, shoplifting, gun safety, and child safety.
  • The C.R.I.M.E. Unit also handles graffiti abatement procedures. When graffiti is located or reported, it is photographed and a police report made. The owner of the property is determined and a letter sent informing the owner that the graffiti must be removed within 7 days as provided by the Codified Ordinances of the City of Lima. The owner may give written permission to have the City of Lima remove the graffiti free of charge for them or, if the owner wishes to do it his or her self, they may do so but must remove the graffiti within 7 days. If the graffiti is not removed within 7 days, the city will them remove it and the costs associated with removal are assessed to the owner.

The C.R.I.M.E. Unit can be contacted for services Monday through Friday at (419) 221-5138 or (419) 221-5184.