Principles of Crime Prevention

Crime prevention has been defined as “the anticipation, recognition and appraisal of a crime risk and the initiation of some action to remove or reduce it.” It means using your instinct, commons sense and action to reduce a criminal’s opportunity. 
The 10 Principles of Crime Prevention are:-
  • Target Hardening
  • Target Removal
  • Removing items that may help commit an offence.
  • Reducing the profit the criminal can make from the offence.
  • Looking at measures that will control access to a location, a person or object.
  • Improving surveillance around homes, businesses or public places to deter criminals.
  • Ensuring your property and wider community looks cared for.
  • Changing our habits by setting rules and positioning signage in appropriate locations.
  • Increasing the likelihood that an offender will be caught to prevent crime occurring.
  • Deterring an offender or deflecting their intention.

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