Crime Prevention

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Community Education Unit

Community Education Coordinators are assigned to the city by sector. Contact them for any crime prevention, crime trend, community education needs.

Tips from the WA Auto Theft Prevention Authority

"The Club"

Protect your vehicle with the club.
Winner International and the Kent Police Foundation offer this steering wheel locking device at a discounted price.

  • Passenger vehicle size, SUV, vans, and pick-up size:  $20

"The Club" is recommended to prevent auto theft and can be purchased at these discounted prices from a KPF board member with cash or check (made out to KPF) at the Kent Police Department, 220 4th Avenue South, during business hours. The Kent Police Foundation is a non-profit 501-c-3 organization that raises funds to provide support to the Kent community, Kent youth programs, and their public safety family. For more information, call Stacy Judd at 253-856-5883.

Block Watch

A proven crime prevention program that encourages neighbors to look out for each other.  Kent Police now offers a free  Block Watch 101 class to teach neighborhoods how to start their own Block Watches.  

Kent PD Block Watch Brochure

CPTED: Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

CPTED: Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design - Reducing crime by changing the environment - locks, latches, lighting, landscaping, design, natural surveillance, and encouraging legitimate users of property.

Trespass Program

The City of Kent offers property owners an opportunity to be involved in a Trespass Enforcement Authorization Program. This partnership provides the Kent Police Department authorization to contact and question persons who may be unlawfully occupying the property.

Safe Tenants And Rentals (STAR)

The purpose of STAR is to encourage landlords to establish the foundation for the provision of safe rental properties to tenants; to avoid the rental of units to those who engage in criminal conduct; and to improve the quality of available rental housing in the city, and to protect the public health, safety, and welfare. For more information on this program, contact the Kent Police Community Education Unit at 253-856-5883.


The best graffiti prevention is quick removal. It should also be reported so that Kent PD has a record of it.
To report graffiti call 253-856-GRAF or file an online report.

To remove graffiti:

  • If it is your property, remove quickly
  • If it is private property, the owner must remove or sign a waiver with Kent PD for our monitored work release crew to cover.
  • If it is City property, please report it and we will work with the correct department for clean up.

If you see that graffiti has remained, please contact your Community Education Coordinator and we will work with the property owner or Code Enforcement.

Traffic Safety

Traffic crashes are a significant source of injury burden in King County each year. From 2006 to 2010, 484 people died in King County in a motor vehicle-related crash and an additional 3,663 people were seriously injured (Washington Traffic Safety Commission, September 2011). Kent Police is home to the South King County Target Zero Teams Manager, responsible for the implementation and coordination of special, high visibility law enforcement emphasis patrols throughout the South King County area. Kent Police and other King County police departments work to prevent traffic crashes and reduce death and serious injury among people who suffer a crash.

Traffic safety topics:

  • Impaired driving
  • Occupant protection
  • Pedestrian safety
  • Motorcycle safety
  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Bicycle Safety

Target Zero

Target Zero is a statewide initiative aimed at building traffic safety partnerships throughout the state to align priorities and leverage resources to improve traffic safety. The state's Strategic Highway Safety Plan has incorporated the Target Zero initiative to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries to zero by the year 2030.

Kent Traffic School

Got a traffic ticket?  You may be able to keep it off your driving record!

Volunteers In Police Service (VIPS)

Volunteers In Police Service (VIPS) is a group of community members who assist Kent Police Department employees providing services to the community.

Brochures and Resources

Crime Prevention for Everyone Booklet- Gain information on everything from Block Watch to personal safety tips to safety for children. This booklet is intended to educate you on a variety of crime prevention and safety tips and practices. Hard copies available at the Kent Police Department or print the PDF by clicking on the link above.

Auto Theft Prevention Brochure - One of the most preventable crimes is auto theft. Check out this brochure to learn how to safeguard your vehicle!

City of Kent's Graffiti Removal Program Brochure - Useful tips on graffiti removal and information on what to do if you are the victim of graffiti vandalism.

My Bicycle Card - Every year Kent Police has close to 100 bikes that we are unable to return to the owner because they didn't report them to the police with the serial number. Record your bicycle information on My Bicycle Card Then file the card in a safe place so you can report the serial number if your bicycle is reported stolen.  You do not need to send the card into the police.

Crime Prevention strategies you can implement to crime proof your business - Learn more about Kent's Business Watch crime prevention program.

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