Most people are interested in crime prevention. This can be because of wanting to safeguard against a large variety of criminal acts. This would include things such as burglary, mugging, and ID theft. These three aspects give an overview of the areas in which people and their possessions are most vulnerable; in the home, out on the street, or over the internet.
Although the thought of falling victim to any criminal act is scary, in a lot of cases using basic common sense can be enough. Making sure that doors are locked securely, and investing in another stronger lock if you feel the existing one may not be sufficient and even a burglar alarm will certainly hinder, if not stop, any attempt to get into your home. Even if a criminal does manage to break their way in, the extra time they will need to spend may be sufficient for someone to have noticed their suspicious behavior and called the police.
People are often hesitant about involving the police, fearing that they will be wasting police time or insulting someone if they have been wrongly accused. Although it is applaudable to be considerate about these things, if you suspect that something is wrong, then the police need to be notified. If an individual sees a suspected break in on someone’s home, then they should ask themselves if they would want someone to take action if this were occurring at their home.
When out and about, walking down the street or being in a public place, it is important to be vigilant. Bags left undone, or phones left out on a table, make it easy for thieves to take items out of the bag, or to grab a phone and run. It will usually be appreciated if one points out to others that their belongings may be at risk.
When using internet sites to purchase items, always make sure that the website uses a secure server, and that it has valid contact details in case something should go wrong. Fraudulent emails are becoming increasingly common. Banks should never ask for details in an email, and will ask you to go to the website to log in rather than following a provided link. If you receive an email saying you have won a lottery, then unless you purchased tickets for that lottery- you have not won.