The prevention of domestic burglary in the spotlight!

The Focus Day took place on 16 June 2021.
With a prevention campaign and local preventive initiatives, the EUCPN and 17 European countries
aim to step up the fight against this crime by informing citizens on how they can protect their homes.

It might seem odd to still focus on domestic burglaries given the fact that this type of crime has been decreasing for many years in most European countries. However, it still accounts for the majority of Organised Property Crime offences. It not only robs people of their possessions but also of their sense of security at home, a place where everyone should feel most safe. Furthermore, the financial impact on society still make this an important problem. That is why 17 European countries, united in the EUCPN (European Crime Prevention Network) and EUROPOL, have joined forces to launch this initiative.

The prevention campaign to #StopDomesticBurglaries consists of a poster, a flyer, two short social media 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. This year the EUCPN has 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. Due to Covid-19 and the difficulties to organise physical events, the EU Focus Day 2021 was mostly an online event. Some municipalities however, have organised local preventive initiatives. All the initiatives and prevention tips are gathered on national websites.
The 17 participating European countries in 2021 were Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Spain.
The social media posts

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