Crime Prevention

What can I do to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of a crime?

The following advice provides a number of practical ways in which residents, visitors and businesses within the Territory can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of a crime.

Burglary

Burglary is usually an opportunistic crime. A burglar will select a target that offers the best opportunity to carry out the crime undetected and with the fewest number of obstacles in the way. A building that presents is unoccupied and unsecured is far more likely to be targeted than one which is properly secured. The following tips can therefore help reduce the risk of becoming the victim of a burglary:

  1. Avoid keeping large sums of cash in your home, particularly when it cannot be safely secured
  2. Consider overt and covert marking for more valuable property for instance electrical goods such as TV`s, computers, laptops, hi-fi equipment, ipods and mobile phones
  3. Ensure that your surroundings are adequately lit
  4. Keep main doors and windows secured with strong locking devices
  5. Deadbolts for the doors are preferred as the device of choice
  6. Windows should be strong to withstand excessive breaking force
  7. Avoid leaving house breaking implements (hammers, knives, screwdrivers, crowbars, to name a few) at hand for would-be intruders
  8. Avoid leaving your home or place of business in total darkness
  9. Motion lights or motion detectors are recommended in areas considered to be most vulnerable
  10. For persons living in secluded areas, guard dogs can act as a strong deterrent for potential burglars
  11. When returning home, check your surroundings carefully for stalkers or signs of property damage
  12. If it appears that your home or business premises may have been broken into, do not touch anything but immediately call the police
  13. Avoid entering into the home or place of business, if you suspect that the intruder(s) is still on the premises
  14. Finally, call the nearest Police Station without delay and seek support from your neighbours

Theft or Robbery

The following tips can help reduce the risk of an individual or business becoming the victim of a theft/ robbery:

  1. First, understand that criminals usually target persons considered to be soft or careless. Always ensure that your valuables (bag, wallet, purse, cell phone etc) are securely held on your person and are not left unattended. Do not hold excessive amounts of cash about your person.
  2. Plan your journey. Try to avoid walking alone at night, and keep to well-lit main roads where possible. You should try to avoid short cuts like alleyways, waste ground and wooded, bushy areas.
  3. Always pay attention to your surroundings for persons likely to be stalking you, prowling or hiding in nearby bushes or in parked vehicles. Be particularly cautious in dark, secluded or bushy areas. Look for telltale signs in a suspect’s behavior, which may entail an act of nervously observing individuals whilst preparing to commit a crime.
  4. Try to avoid wearing headphones - your ability to hear traffic, strangers or potential trouble is severely restricted.
  5. Should you be confronted by an attacker, remember your personal safety comes first.
  6. Cell phones are particularly susceptible to theft. Do not attract attention to your phone when you are carrying or using it in the street or leave your phone in an unattended car. It only takes seconds for a thief to smash a window and steal your phone. Keep your phone out of sight in your pocket or handbag when not in use and use your phone's security lock code, if it has one. You should record details of your phones serial number and additionally property mark your phone for identification by the police. If you become the victim of a cell phone theft report it to the police immediately and your service provider.
  7. For businesses that employ security officers, make sure that full attention is given to the property’s immediate surroundings. This is particularly important around closing hours.
  8. Do not hold excessive amounts of cash on your business premises. Businesses are most vulnerable to crime when staffing levels are low, e.g. during lunch hours or when opening or closing the business. Predictable routines should always be avoided; e.g. vary cash delivery/collection times and routes to and from your bank or business. If it is necessary to hold large sums of cash, consider professional cash handling services.

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