Prevention of Repeat Burglary

Measures to prevent repeat burglary are effective at reducing crime when targeted at the households at the greatest risk of revictimisation. NZ Police provide a range of measures to prevent repeat burglary as nearly one-quarter of households burgled in New Zealand are burgled more than once. There is robust international evidence that risk of repeat burglaries can be reduced with preventative measures put in place such as improving locks on doors and windows, installing security lighting, and removing foliage that can provide a screen for burglars.

  • For every 20-25 homes that are provided with preventative measures, 1 fewer will be burglarised.

The strongest evidence is for a combination of CCTV, security chains, and window and door locks.

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