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NCJ Number: 156025 Find in a Library
Title: Residential Burglary Patterns
Journal: Locksmith Ledger  Dated:(February 1995)  Pages:66,87-90
Author(s): S Hakim; M A Gaffney
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 5
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examines where, when, and why burglaries occur at some properties and not at others, so as to assist alarm installers in targeting potential burglary victims and sales prospects.
Abstract: The information presented is based on a study of 1,149 households in three suburban Philadelphia communities. Findings show that most burglaries occur in the suburbs within three blocks of arterial routes that lead from poor neighborhoods to the outskirts of the metropolis. The number of burglaries diminishes with distance from crime-generating centers. Single- family homes adjacent to central cities experience a high number of burglaries. Burglaries are highly concentrated in the immediate vicinity of shopping centers that border the city. Generally, burglars tend to choose residential streets that provide concealed operation. Although cul de sacs provide residents with privacy, they also afford burglars that same privacy, especially if backed by a wooded area or abandoned railroad tracks. A particular house on a street is targeted for burglary because is displays signs of wealth, is well concealed from the street and from neighbors, and takes few precautions against burglary. Larger homes on larger lots are primary targets for burglars. Newly occupied properties have the highest risk of burglary, since neighbors are unfamiliar with one another. Most residential burglaries occur during daytime hours when residents are absent from the home. Entry is usually through the first floor, particularly through a front or side door. 5 figures
Main Term(s): Residential security
Index Term(s): Burglary; Burglary victims; Pennsylvania
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