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EU Focus Day and the prevention of family-based crime

The Focus Day will take place on 21 October 2020.
With a prevention campaign and local preventive initiatives, the EUCPN and 26 European countries
aim to step up the fight against this crime by informing citizens on how they can protect their homes.

Domestic burglary is a criminal offence that all European countries are combating with various actions. It not only robs victims of their possessions – it can also rob people of their sense of security at home, a place where everyone should feel most safe. Consequently, victims can experience considerable adverse psychological effects. Besides, the financial impact on our society makes this an important problem. That is why European countries, united in the EUCPN and EUROPOL, have joined forces to launch this initiative.

The European Crime Prevention Network (EUCPN) and the European countries have launched the first EU-wide Focus Day on domestic burglary on 19 June 2019. The EU-wide Focus Day is 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 two campaign images, a poster, a flyer, three short social media posts, a radio spot, a case movie and two banners for email signatures or online use. By the absence of a spoken language the social media posts can easily reach a large audience. Each post demonstrates holidaymakers how their home was burglarized while they were enjoying their vacation. In addition, the municipalities of several countries will organise events that focuses on the prevention of domestic burglary. All  these initiatives and prevention tips are gathered on a national prevention website.


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