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European Focus Day: Working Together to #StopDomesticBurglaries

min flanagan 19 06

The European Crime Prevention Network (EUCPN) and a number of European countries launch the first EU-wide Focus Day on domestic burglary today, 19 June 2019. The Focus Day aims to step up the fight against this particular crime by informing citizens on how they can protect themselves, and their property.

Domestic burglary is a particularly invasive criminal offence, and one that can deprive citizens of their sense of security at home - the place where everyone should feel most safe. That is why the EUCPN and EUROPOL, in conjunction with our European colleagues and their respective police services, have joined forces to support this initiative. The aim of the initiative is to raise awareness about domestic burglaries and also provide advice to citizens about how best to protect their property, particularly during the summer months when many people are away on holidays.

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 social media posts (which can be found on the Department of Justice twitter page @DeptJusticeIrl).

Should you wish to find out more information about the work of the EUCPN, visit:

Similarly, the Garda Síochána website provides excellent crime prevention advice for citizens, and further information can be found at: