6 Myths Keeping Americans Locked Into Crime and Violence

For decades, politicians and community leaders have perpetuated myths as the cycle of drug abuse, gangs, and violence continues from one generation to the next. Such myths include:

Myth #1 – Police can keep us safe.

Police have a limited role. Additional police on the streets increase response time, but their job is to react to crime. Citizens can PREVENT crime! The national average is 2.4 police for every 1000 citizens. It is not realistic to assume the police can keep us safe.

Myth #2 – More money will stop crime.

In the past 40 years, taxpayers have spent billions of dollars on education, home security, guards, swat teams, training, scanning equipment, shot spotter, and surveillance cameras. Money does not stop domestic violence or youth from being abused at home or bullied at school. It does not put a responsible father back home or increase time spent with children.

Myth #3 – Hitting and verbal abuse will not harm children!

Abused children struggle to be accepted. They often learn to bully, or they become victims. They don’t trust their instincts or intuition or develop a healthy conscience, which can protect them. Children grow strong and resilient when they have love and a supportive network.

Myth #4 – Laws control criminal behavior.

Politicians write laws to keep the public safe. Laws have limitations. Most citizens obey rules, but criminals, gangs, pimps, and drug dealers ignore laws.

Myth #5 – Racism keeps the community oppressed.

The blame game divides and distracts from real solutions. Blaming police or society perpetuates anger. Anger gives disconnected youth an excuse to be violent and become self-destructive, which is a false sense of power.

Myth #6 – Poverty keeps people from progressing.

Politicians gain power by creating an illusion of compassion. For decades, taxpayers have spent billions of dollars on programs, including the “War on Poverty” and “War on Drugs.” Some programs helped, but others destroyed self-confidence, self-determination, and motivation.

Myths have some truth, but they don’t change behavior. Connected citizens have the power to reduce fear and create positive change to restore community trust, safety, and confidence.

America is at a crossroads.

Will security in the U.S. require more laws and less freedom, or will we focus on supporting neighborhoods and strengthening families?

The largest group of crime victims are children. They are “canaries in the mine.”

Two major shifts are needed to create peaceful cities.

  • An awakening to raise resilient, spiritually centered children with
    a self-protective conscience.
  • Community involvement creates safe neighborhoods and, ultimately,
    safer, friendlier cities.

Our national goal must be to strengthen families. Freedom is an inner journey with supportive families and a network of connected neighbors to create a strong sense of community.

For more info, contact, Safe Kids Now. We will answer your questions and help you create community change.


Stephanie L. Mann
Stephanie L. Mann
Stephanie Mann co-authored, Alternative to Fear: Guidelines to Safer Neighborhoods,” which helped launch the national “Neighborhood Watch” Program. Within 2 1/2 years, involved residents in her community (17,500 residents) decreased crime 48%, WITHOUT a local police department. Mann worked as a community leader, neighborhood organizer, county coordinator, state consultant and authored, “Safe Homes, Safe Neighborhoods: Stopping Crime Where You Live” (Nolo Press 1993) In 2010, while working in Richmond CA, with “Mother’s Against Senseless Killings,” Mann saw people too scared to be involved or report crimes. She wrote, “The Adopt-A-Block Guidebook,” with an easy-to-follow guide for existing groups and “My first steps to a safe neighborhood” for citizens. These booklets give individuals and groups the tools to reach out and bring people together to help each other. Stephanie started a homeless men’s support group while working with “The Mary Ann Wright Foundation” in Oakland CA. She recognized the need to support children at an early age and wrote, “Street Safe Kids: 10 Step Guide for Teens and Adults” (which has been used in after-school programs) to help youth grow strong from within to develop self-esteem and stay centered. Book available on The Safe Kids Now National website states, “Every child needs a healthy family and neighborhood to stay safe.” In partnership with the CARR Foundation, a binder, “Safe Neighborhoods: Access to a Healthy Community,” was created for city leaders to make neighborhoods safer for families and neighborhoods. Stephanie’s books strengthen families and can decrease the social isolation that fuels bullies, domestic violence, abuse, drugs, gangs, and other destructive behaviors.”

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