Reducing Criminal Opportunity
is the foundation
from which Crime Prevention is built.
Burglary is the most prevalent neighborhood crime. Most people believe
that residential burglaries occur during the nighttime when people are not
home. The truth is that more burglaries occur during daylight hours when
people are away at work or on vacation. Household burglary is one of the
easiest crimes to commit and the hardest to solve.
Household burglary is one of the most rapidly increasing major crimes
in the nation. Statistics show that in over one-half of the household burglaries
no forced entry is made.
What should you do if you arrive home and discover that your door has
been kicked or pried open or a window has been broken out?
ANSWER: DO NOT
ENTER YOUR HOME. It is unknown if the burglar is still in your home. Household
burglary has a high potential for death or injury in cases where the property
owner surprises a burglar. Immediately call 911 either on your cell phone
or go to a neighbors and call.
PREPAREDNESS AND AWARENESS
IS THE KEY TO PREVENTION
Get to know your neighbors.
Organize a neighborhood meeting and establish a neighborhood watch.
Be aware of suspicious vehicles and subjects in your
If you see a suspicious vehicle write down the license plate and
description of the vehicle.
Try to obtain a good description of the subject(s).
a Good Witness
Security systems have proven to be an effective deterrent.
Install appropriate lighting systems around your home.
Take photographs and document serial numbers of important
Engrave your personal ID number on your belongings
your own burglar alarm (lesson plan)