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NCJ Number: 160909 Find in a Library
Title: Residential Burglary in Queensland
Corporate Author: Queensland Criminal Justice Cmssn
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: Queensland Criminal Justice Cmssn
Brisbane Albert Street, QLD, 4002
Sale Source: Queensland Criminal Justice Cmssn
P.O. Box 137
Brisbane Albert Street, QLD,
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This study informs the public and policymakers about the nature, extent, and causes of residential burglary in Queensland and recommends preventive strategies.
Abstract: Using police records, victimization surveys, national uniform crime statistics, and statistics collected by the insurance industry, this study examined the prevalence of residential burglary in Queensland, any increase in the residential burglary rate over the last 20 years, how Queensland compares with other States in burglary, who is at most risk of being burgled, when and where most residential burglaries occur, who commits the offenses, and what can be done to reduce the risk of residential burglary. The study found that residential burglary has a substantial financial impact in Queensland, and it increased by 176 percent from 1974/75 to 1994/95. Crime victim surveys also show a significant increase in burglary victimization over this period. Only approximately 11 percent of residential burglaries reported to the police are cleared. Persons who live in large cities, those who live in detached houses, and those who leave their houses empty for long periods of the day are at greater risk of being burgled. Suggestions for burglary-reduction strategies focus on citizen precautions, police actions, and governmental actions. 3 tables, 8 figures, and 42 references
Main Term(s): Crime prevention measures
Index Term(s): Burglary; Burglary causes; Crime specific countermeasures; Foreign criminal justice research; Residential security
Note: Criminal Justice Commission, Research Paper Series, Volume 3, Number 1, January, 1996
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