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Focus Day

The prevention of domestic burglary in the spotlight!

The fifth edition of the EU Focus Day on domestic burglary takes place on Wednesday 19 June 2024.
With a prevention campaign and local preventive initiatives, the EUCPN, several European countries, Europol and the European Commission aim to step up the fight against this crime by encouraging police officers to share information about the risk of repeat burglaries with residents.

Property crime, and more specifically burglary, affects many European citizens. Luckily, burglaries are preventable and it does not have to be expensive! Research clearly shows the effectiveness of improved window and door locks or external lights that pop on when their sensors observe movement and internal lightning on a timer. These measures increase the risk of being caught and/or the effort that would be needed to enter a home successfully. These improved security measures prevented a great deal of crimes and eventually led to a genuine crime drop. The takeaway for crime preventers, though, is not to sit back and relax. On the contrary! Many people are still victim of burglary. That is why 23 European countries, united in the EUCPN (European Crime Prevention Network) and EMPACT, have joined forces to launch this initiative.

The prevention campaign to #StopDomesticBurglaries consists of a poster, a flyer, three short intranet posts, a radio spot and a case movie. The case movie includes initiatives from the Member States and inspires the national partners to participate in this initiative. The EUCPN has also written the paper What works to prevent domestic burglaries?, to support European, national and local stakeholders by giving an overview of the initiatives which might, or not might work, to prevent domestic burglaries. This year the campaign focuses on repeat victimisation. The video encourages law enforcement to share information with their community about effective burglary prevention measures and empower citizens to protect their homes.

The 23 participating European countries in 2024 are Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Hungary, Spain, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Ukraine and The United Kingdom.

 

 

 Video What works to prevent domestic burglaries?

Last year the prevention campaign to #StopDomesticBurglaries consists of a video that explains citizens which measures are the most effective to prevent burglaries and provide the best value for money. 

 

 The case movie

 

 

 

The websites with prevention tips

The campaign material was adjusted for

  • Albania
  • Austria (no flyer or case movie)
  • Belgium (Dutch, French and German)
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus (no case movie)
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark (no flyer or case movie)
  • Estonia
  • Germany (no case movie)
  • Spain
  • Finland (no flyer or case movie)
  • France
  • Croatia (no case movie)
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg (French and German)
  • Malta
  • The Netherlands (no flyer)
  • Portugal
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Slovenia (no case movie)
  • Slovakia

 

 

The Focus Day was funded by the European Union’s Internal Security Fund — Police.image-20230525095109-1