Domestic violence and commercial theft increasing - some other crimes decreasing
Domestic violence incidents have increased dramatically since COVID-19 self-isolation. UK reports a seven-fold increase in calls to the Refuge help-line and a doubling of the weekly rate of death from domestic violence. Similar findings are reported across the world.
Advice from the WHO on addressing domestic violence is available here and more advice is available here. In Australia, if you, or someone you know, is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, government advice is to call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au.
Break-ins and thefts from closed businesses, factories, warehouses and shops have increased. In parallel, there has been increased theft of copper and batteries and other materials that can be quickly resold without identification or in the informal economy.
At the extreme end of this are reports of sporadic looting incidents across the US, and in Mexico, Canada, Italy, UK, Ireland, France and South Africa that indicate temporary breakdown in Law and Order.
Across the world, other forms of crime appear to have reduced. This is commonly regarded as being due to the lack of people on the streets. Alternatively, it may be a change in focus by Police to concentrate only on serious crime and maintaining law and order.
New Certified Online CPTED training for Community Safety Officers - starts 20 May
This is an online version of the 2-day certified CPTED for Community Safety officers course. It covers the same material in 6 sessions of 2 hours per week plus 2 practical exercises.
The training will also include CPTED relating to COVID-19 and an introduction to CPTED for cyber community safety.
The course covers:
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design in Community Safety
Differences between threats, risks and vulnerabilities
12 practical CPTED methods to reduce crime
Creating a Crime Risk Assessment
Working with members of the public
Using CPTED site and building audits
CPTED during COVID-19
CPTED to reduce Domestic Violence
Using Targeted CPTED
CPTED to reduce theft from closed businesses
Reducing Repeat Victimisation
Using CCTV in CPTED
Lighting in CPTED
Managing anti-social behaviour
CPTED to maintain Law and Order
Reducing fear of crime
Practical real world CPTED individual exercise (desktop and/or site)
The course includes live presentations, a detailed pdf handbook and an individual Certificate of CPTED Training on completion.