An inspection of the major components of your home is an important process. An investigation of your home’s vulnerabilities is also an important process.
The home is to be your place of safety, security, privacy and shelter from the world around you. It is a place where no one is permitted to enter unless they are invited by you. It is the most valuable asset that you will own.
I have seen too often, homes entered and families feeling victimized by the uninvited forced entry of others into their homes. I have spoken to many victims and after such an event, they do not look at their home the same way. In some cases, it takes a very long time before people feel comfortable again living in their homes.
As a former Crime Prevention Officer, I conducted many RVR’s of residential properties (as well as commercial properties), in many cases, after the properties were victimized. An RVR incorporates the concepts of Target Hardening and CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) to identify vulnerable areas of a residential property. These concepts present your home as a less desirable target, thus reducing the risk of unwanted entry.
The Crime Triangle represents your home. In order for a crime to occur, you need a Target, Criminal Desire and the Opportunity for the perpetrator to attack your home. If we are able to remove just one of the three sides of the triangle, the risk for a crime to occur will be reduced.
It is important to realize if someone really wants to enter your home, they will. There is always someone who can break into “Fort Knox”. The idea is to make your home less desirable for attack, so the perpetrators will look elsewhere. Perpetrators look for homes that require the least amount of effort on their part to gain the greatest rewards.
The RVR is a detailed review of your home that incorporates current Crime Prevention and CPTED applications. Clients who purchase a home may arrange for an RVR. At a time that is convenient for the client, I will attend the home to conduct the RVR. As with the Home Inspection, I will expect that the client will be present during the RVR so that they can participate in the process. This “hands on” approach creates a positive learning environment for the client, to ask questions during the RVR in order to understand the strengths and challenges of their home as it relates to Crime Prevention and CPTED principles.
A report of the findings will be completed and given to the client for their review and reference. As with a Home Inspection, a contract will be signed by the client prior to the commencement of the RVR.
RVR Fee: $275 + HST