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NCJ Number: 157230 Find in a Library
Title: Practical Burglary Investigation
Author(s): H T O'Reilly
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 60
Sponsoring Agency: University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL 60605
Publication Number: ISBN 0-942511-37-9
Sale Source: University of Illinois at Chicago
Office of Security Programs
1333 South Wabash Avenue
Box 53
Chicago, IL 60605
United States of America
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Based on the author's nearly 20 years of experience with the New York Police Department, this volume explains the techniques essential to a burglary investigation.
Abstract: The author points out that burglary investigations can be frustrating and tedious or challenging and rewarding, depending on the investigator's perspective. By approaching each case as a new and unique test of professional skill, the investigator can solve many burglaries and need not rely on anonymous tips or unexpected surrenders and confessions. The text covers burglary techniques and tactics, the best way to make field stops and respond to burglary calls, and the most effective burglary prevention techniques that police can use. It also explains the productive way to conduct interviews of citizens reporting burglaries, gather evidence, and interrogate suspects. The text notes that although burglary is known to be common in urban neighborhoods, rural and suburban residents are probably more vulnerable to burglary than urban dwellers because they do not take the security precautions that their more fearful and sophisticated urban counterparts do. Figures, checklists, and appended forms
Main Term(s): Police effectiveness
Index Term(s): Burglary; Burglary causes; Criminology; Investigative techniques
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