What is Crime Prevention?
The ultimate goal of crime prevention is to reduce the risk of being a victim. In order to accomplish this effectively, it is important to remove opportunities for a criminal to take advantage of you or your property. You are attempting to prevent either victimization or criminalization by presenting an unattractive target to the criminal. This effort at removing opportunities is often referred to as target hardening. Target hardening can be as complex as installing a high tech alarm system or taking a self-defense course to something as simple as locking your door.
Successful crime prevention efforts will promote a safer community by enhancing the perception of safety and the attitudes and behaviors that help people feel safe.
- Make sure there are good locks on exterior doors and windows.
- Lock up when you go out, are asleep, or alone, even if it is only for a few minutes. It takes a thief ten seconds or less to enter an open room and steal your property.
- Trim shrubbery that hides doorways or windows.Use timers on lights and radios to make your home appear lived-in when you are away. Have a neighbor pick up your mail and newspapers.
- Mark your valuables with a number or identification unique to you (NOT your social security number or driver’s license number) with an engraving pen and keep a list of them in a safe place.
- Get to know your neighbors and their daily routines.
- Keep a list of emergency numbers near the telephone.
- Do not give out information about your neighbors.
- Do not make it easy on burglars.
- Keep valuables away from windows.
- If you see something suspicious call the police immediately.