This page provides some advice on security at home and the security of various types of property, using insight gained into the perspective of criminals. We also have more general advice on our Security FAQ, as well as other advice pages related to specific types of property.
The study of criminal methods is called criminology and it can give a very valuable insight into effective ways of combating domestic crime, such as house burglary. Professor Rachel Armitage, Professor of Criminology at the University of Huddersfield, presented some preliminary findings from some research on offender perspectives at the 2015 Police Secured-by-Design conference, further updated at the 2016 conference.
CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) is all about designing houses and housing developments to discourage criminal behaviour and is core to the ethos of the Police Secured-by-Design initiative. Prof. Armitage has been working with Chris Joyce of West Yorkshire Police on research that has been challenging assumptions and building the evidence base that will help to guide future projects and set government policy. This research is ongoing but it is already giving some tips on how serial criminals think. Here are some snippets that you may find interesting:
House burglars assess risk in a variety of ways, but the following from this research gives some clues how some of them think:
We can apply the above findings to create some guidelines to help avoid unwanted attention for your home and your property:
This university research project is not finished but it is important work and there may be further findings that will help all of us to reduce crime.