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Home Security Assessment™

Updated on August 23, 2015


Everyday, many uninformed citizens fall victim to home invasions, rape, burglary, theft and many other personal crimes. A simple Residential Risk Assessment cannot prevent or undo such attacks, but can be used as a tool to make the user aware of vulnerabilities in their homes. This assessment was derived from Boston Police Department and I have modified it to become a useful analysis for anyone seeking to add protection to their home.

Mock crime scene photo from Capstone course in college. This picture was the overview of the crime scene after the mock CSI Unit arrived.
Mock crime scene photo from Capstone course in college. This picture was the overview of the crime scene after the mock CSI Unit arrived. | Source

Looks are not deceiving!

If your house looks rundown, to criminals it's free game. They feel you don't care, so why should they? They will help themselves to whatever you have because they know you don't have any security features to deter them.

Begin by asking yourself basic questions concerning security in and around your home. Believe it or not, how your house looks inside and out can sometimes be a determining factor for criminals.

Let's Take a Stroll Outside

Next, conduct a physical canvas of your property, outside of the residence. Make note of all vulnerabilities. Place yourself in the mind of a criminal. Ask yourself, "What's the easiest way to enter my home, undetected?"

Next, make an itemized list of broken entryways, I.e. window locks. Add to the list cleanup that may need to be done in and around the home, I.e. shrubbery near windows arching over.

Then, fix or replace all items on the list. Some things may be costly, but what is the price of your family's safety?

Broken window
Broken window | Source

Broken Window Theory

In short, the 'Broken Window Theory' is the idea that people, specifically potential criminals, heed to their surroundings and their behavior is based on what they see. If a neighborhood is free of debris and the houses are well intact, people, in general, will be less inclined to conduct criminal activity. In this thought, they feel if they do commit a crime in this particular neighborhood, they will have to account for such actions.

The theory not only applies to windows, though the window is a symbol of the cost of ridding a neighborhood of crime. Windows are expensive and the first to be noticed, if broken. So, anything out of norm in a neighborhood can potentially attract criminal behavior because would-be criminals see no one cares.

But the fact is, we do care. Do your part by conducting a Home Security Assessment™---TODAY!


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