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How to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of burglary.

Most victims of burglary are concerned that they have been specifically targeted or watched for a period of time prior to their burglary, to determine what their movements are. However, most burglaries are opportunistic.

Burglars choose houses that:

  • have little or no obvious security
  • appear unoccupied
  • have easy, unobserved access to the side and rear
  • provide them with the chance to gain entry without being seen or heard

So it is possible to dramatically reduce burglaries by taking simple security measures to deter burglars and remove some of the opportunities that present themselves as easy targets.

Onion peeling principle

The best way to approach your home security is to start from the boundaries and work your way into the centre, treating each area as a layer, until you reach the targeted contents. This is known as the 'onion peeling principle'.

Although the layers differ for each household, generally they can be broken down as follows:

The  booklet provides you with further information.