This covers difficulties in keeping a dwelling secure against unauthorised entry and the maintenance of defensible space.
Socio-economic circumstances are related to the risk of burglary and fear of burglary. Fear of burglary is brought about by knowing someone who has been burgled and by publicity about crimes. Whilst elderly people may be more fearful of walking on the streets after dark, they are less anxious about burglary than other age groups.
Vulnerable Group: All ages
Defects & Justifications
Location - high level of poverty and crime in the area.
Defensible space - both public and private around the dwelling.
Lighting - pedestrian routes to an estate or immediate neighbourhood, entry points to dwelling, including any security lighting.
Pedestrian routes - definition of routes to an estate or immediate neighbourhood.
Housing layout - no natural unobtrusive view of neighbouring dwellings.
Doors and windows - insubstantial construction, disrepair or inadequate locks.
Door viewers - lack of viewers to external doors.
Door chains - lack of or broken chains to external doors.
Concierge etc - concierge or entry-phone system to a block of flats.
Burglar alarms - lack of or defective alarm system.