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NCJ Number: 65778 Find in a Library
Title: BURGLARY INVESTIGATION
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: Police Science Services, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Sponsoring Agency: Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Police Science Services, Inc
Niles, IL 60648
Publication Number: PSS 824
Sale Source: Police Science Services, Inc
6633 West Howard Street
Niles, IL 60648
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS SLIDE PROGRAM DISCUSSES THE WAYS IN WHICH MODERN STATUTES HAVE MODIFIED THE COMMON-LAW DEFINITION OF BURGLARY AND DESCRIBES THE PRINCIPAL TYPES OF BURGLARS AND THEIR METHODS.
Abstract: MOST JURISDICTIONS HAVE EXPANDED THE COMMON-LAW DEFINITION OF BURGLARY BY STATUTE TO INCLUDE CRIMES COMMITTED IN THE DAY AS WELL AS AT NIGHT, IN ANY TYPE OF BUILDING OR VEHICLE, AND WITH THE INTENT OF COMMITTING EITHER GRAND OR PETTY LARCENY. MANY STATUTES ALSO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN TWO DIFFERENT DEGREES OF BURGLARY: FIRST DEGREE BURGLARY, WHICH OCCURS WHEN THE BURGLAR HAS A DEADLY WEAPON OR COMMITS AN ASSAULT; AND SECOND DEGREE BURGLARY, WHICH INCLUDES ALL OTHER CASES. MOST BURGLARS ARE EITHER JUVENILES (OVER HALF OF THOSE ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY ARE UNDER 18 YEARS), PETTY CRIMINALS, OR SKILLED PROFESSIONALS. THE DESIRABILITY OF A BURGLAR'S TARGET DEPENDS UPON THE PROBABLE PROCEEDS FROM THE JOB AND THE EASE WITH WHICH THE TARGET CAN BE ENTERED, THE ESCAPE MADE, AND THE LOOT FENCED. IN HANDLING BURGLARY CASES, INDIVIDUAL AGENCIES DIFFER ON WHETHER OR NOT TO USE A SIREN WHEN RESPONDING TO A BURGLARY. OFFICERS SHOULS WATCH FOR LOOKOUTS THE BURGLARS MAY HAVE POSTED AND SUSPECTS FLEEING THE SCENE OR HIDING IN BUSHES OR TREES. IN ADDITION, THEY SHOULD MAKE AS LITTLE NOISE AS POSSIBLE, ASSUME THAT BURGLARS ARE IN THE BUILDING AND ARMED, TALK TO NEIGHBORS AND PASSERSBY ABOUT SUSPECTS SEEN, AND AVOID HARMING ANY PHYSICAL EVIDENCE THAT MAY BE PRESENT. ADVICE IS GIVEN ON SEARCHING FOR EVIDENCE (FINGERPRINTS, TOOL IMPRESSIONS, FIBERS FROM CLOTHING, OR DRIED BLOOD), INTERVIEWS OF COMPLAINANTS AND WITNESSES, AND HANDLING SUSPECTS (OBTAINING NECESSARY WARRANTS, INTERROGATING SUSPECTS). AN INSTRUCTOR'S GUIDE AND STUDY NOTES ARE INCLUDED. (WJR)
Index Term(s): Audiovisual aids; Burglary; Common law; Crime patterns; Crime Scene Investigation; Criminal methods; Evidence collection; Field interrogation and interview; Laws and Statutes; Suspect interrogation; Victim crime precipitation
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