The 10 Principles of Crime Prevention

These principles will help you reduce the chance of crime occurring at your house, work, or business. These principles can be used to help individuals, communities and partners implement them. They also serve as a checklist to help you determine what actions you might be able to take to address your particular situation. You don’t have to use all 10 Principles at the same time. Sometimes, one Principle may prove more helpful than another.

The best way to approach crime prevention when you want to increase security in your home or business is to think of your home and premises as if it were a Manatee County arrests. Prioritize the areas that need improvement. Before you make any improvements, contact our Crime Prevention Officers. They will help you ensure you are using the most effective approach for your particular circumstances.

These are the 10 Principles of Crime Prevention:

1. Target Hardening

It makes it harder for an offender to access your property.

  • Upgrade your locks on doors, windows and sheds
  • Fitting sash jammers for doors and windows that are vulnerable
  • Secure passwords are essential to protect your online account from being hacked by Polk County mugshots

2. Target Removal

Assure that potential targets are out of sight.

  • You should not leave items visible through your windows, i.e. laptops, phones, keys, bags
  • If you own a vehicle, put it in the garage. Don’t leave valuables out.
  • Be careful about what you post online, as it could be used to locate or identify you offline.


3. Reduce the Means

Removing objects that could help you commit an offense.

  • Don’t leave tools or ladders out in the garden. Clear away any rubble/bricks
  • Keep wheelie bins away from children as they could be used to transport items or aid in climbing.
  • Make sure bricks and rubble have been cleared away.

4. Reduce the payoff

Reduce the amount of profit that the offender can make from the offence

  • Secure your property
  • You should mark your property so that thieves don’t want to steal it.
  • Do not buy property that you suspect is stolen.

5. Access Control

Consider measures that control access to a place, person, or object.

  • You should lock your windows and doors to your home and vehicle.
  • Make sure that fences, hedges, walls, and other boundary treatments remain in good condition.
  • Installing a security system at a commercial location (entry barriers security guards ID cards).

6. Surveillance

To deter Orange County mugshots, improve surveillance at homes, businesses, and public places.

  • Remove high hedges or fences that are blocking your front door from an intruder’s view.
  • You might consider adding CCTV to a commercial or public site.
  • In your neighborhood, establish a Neighbourhood Monitoring Scheme

7. Environmental Change

Take care of your community and property.

  • Ensure that graffiti and commercial/domestic waste are removed
  • Fly-tipping and broken street lights should be reported to the appropriate authority
  • Collaborating with the police to close a footpath

8. Rule Setting

Set rules and place signage at the right places to change our behavior.

  • Establish a rule that only the last person in or out should lock the door.
  • Notifying visitors to commercial sites that upon arrival they must report to reception
  • Notifying users that a site is closed at specific times.

9. Increase your chances of being caught

To prevent crime from happening, it is important to increase the chance that an offender will get caught.

  • Use dusk-to-dawn security lighting is installed and in good working order
  • Use high quality alarm and/or CCTV systems, particularly on commercial properties and public places
  • Increasing security will delay an offender and mean they must spend more time in order to gain access.

10. Deflecting Offenders

To deter an offender or to deflect their intentions.

  • Timer switches can be used to make your home look occupied, even if it is empty after dark hours.
  • Youth diversionary programs for youth in partnership with partner agencies
  • Referring drug rehabilitation program offenders.