The European Crime Prevention Network (EUCPN) and the European countries will launch the first EU-wide Focus Day on domestic burglary on 19 June 2019.
Domestic burglary is a criminal offence that all European countries are combating with various actions. It not only robs victims of their possessions – it can also rob people of their sense of security at home, a place where everyone should feel most safe. Consequently, victims can experience considerable adverse psychological effects. Besides, the financial impact on our society makes this an important problem. That is why European countries, united in the EUCPN and EUROPOL, have joined forces to launch this initiative.
The EU-wide Focus Day, financed by the Internal Security Fund of the European Union, will become a yearly event and aims to encourage citizens to protect their home by the use of a prevention campaign and local preventive initiatives. The campaign ‘Keep the surprises for your holiday!’ includes a poster, flyer and three short social media posts. By the absence of a spoken language the social media posts can easily reach a large audience. Each post demonstrates holidaymakers how their home was burglarized while they were enjoying their vacation. In addition, the municipalities of several countries will organise events that focuses on the prevention of domestic burglary. All these initiatives and prevention tips are gathered on a national prevention website.
The social media posts:
At the start of the 2018 World Cup we have launched a European prevention campaign on pickpocketing during mass events. By the use of three animation videos the EUCPN and 25 European Member States aim to step up the fight against this crime by informing and warning citizens on how they can protect themselves.
The campaign #ProtectYourPocket, financed by the Internal Security Fund of the European Union, includes three short animation videos which will be shown on big screens and distributed on social media. By the absence of a spoken language the videos can easily reach a large audience. Each video demonstrates, with a touch of humor, how a cartoon figure is not paying attention to the belongings in his or her pockets while standing in a large crowd; watching a football game on outdoor big screens, taking public transport or enjoying a concert at a festival. Because of its characteristics these happenings are a paradise for pickpockets.
The video's with logo's from specific Member States can be found on YouTube.
National websites on pickpocketing: