10 Ways to Prevent Crime

When you are looking at using the principles of crime prevention to improve security around your home or business, the best way to approach it is to look at your home or premises as if you were the offender. Identify the weak spots, vulnerable areas and concealment points and prioritise the areas for improvement. Contact our Crime Prevention Officers before you undertake any improvements and they will work with you to ensure that you are taking the best approach possible for your respective circumstances.

The 10 Principles of Crime Prevention are:

1. Target Hardening

Making your property harder for an offender to access.

Upgrading the locks on your doors, windows, sheds and outbuildings

Fitting sash jammers to vulnerable doors and windows

Using secure passwords to prevent criminals hacking your online accounts

2. Target Removal

Ensuring that a potential target is out of view.

Not leaving items on view through your windows – i.e. laptops, phones, keys, bags

Putting your vehicle in the garage if you have one and not leaving valuables on display

Being cautious about what you post online as it may be used to identify or locate you offline

3. Reducing the Means

Removing items that may help commit an offence.

Not leaving tools and ladders in the garden and clearing up any rubble/bricks

Keeping wheelie bins out of reach, as they may be a climbing aid or help transport items

Making sure that bricks and rubble are cleared up

4. Reducing the Payoff

Reducing the profit the criminal can make from the offence.

Security marking your property

Marking your property in such a way that others will not want to buy from the thief

Not buying property you believe or suspect to be stolen.

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5. Access Control

Looking at measures that will control access to a location, a person or object.

Locking your doors and windows to both your house and your vehicle

Ensuring that fencing, hedges, walls and other boundary treatments are in a good state of repair

Putting a security system in place at a commercial site (entry barriers, security guards, ID cards)

6. Surveillance

Improving surveillance around homes, businesses or public places to deter criminals.

Removing high hedges / fences at the front of your home that allows an offender to work unseen

Consider adding CCTV to a commercial site or public place

Establishing a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in your Street.

7. Environmental Change

Ensuring your property and wider community looks cared for.

Ensuring that graffiti and domestic/commercial waste is cleared up

Reporting issues with fly-tipping or broken street lights to the relevant authority

Working with the police and local authority to close a footpath.

8. Rule Setting

Changing our habits by setting rules and positioning signage in appropriate locations.

Introducing a rule that the last person entering / leaving should lock the door and remove the keys

Informing visitors to commercial sites that they must report to reception on arrival

Informing users that a particular site is closed between certain times and should not be accessed.

9. Increase the Chances of Being Caught

Increasing the likelihood that an offender will be caught to prevent crime occurring.

Making use of dusk to dawn security lighting is in place and in working order

Using good quality CCTV and/or alarm systems, especially on commercial sites and public places

Upgrading security to delay an offender, meaning they have to spend more time to gain access.

10. Deflecting Offenders

Deterring an offender or deflecting their intention.

Using timer switches to make our homes look occupied if vacant after the hours of darkness

Running youth diversionary schemes with partner agencies

Referring offenders to drug rehabilitation programmes.

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