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NCJ Number: 98887 Find in a Library
Title: Reactions of Victims (From Crime and the Family, P 231-246
Author(s): I Waller; N Okihiro
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: Charles C. Thomas
Springfield, IL 62704
Sale Source: Charles C. Thomas
2600 South First Street
Springfield, IL 62704
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Data from 116 cases of burglary showed that victims of residential burglaries are more likely to be upset than angry and that female victims were also likely to feel fear.
Abstract: The subjects were all residents of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Just under half were at home when the burglary took place. Few among those who were not confronted during the offense felt relaxed or calm. Fear was a reaction among both those who had been confronted by the burglar and those who had not. As time passed following the offenses, concern for the return of goods or for compensation became more important. At the time of the offenses, only one-fourth of the victims desired official punishment. Calling the police occurred more out of a sense of duty than to prevent further offenses or to get the goods back. Those who did not call the police felt either that the police could not be useful or that the matter was private. Police were likely to have been called when the value of goods stolen was high and the victim's belongings had been disarranged. Only one-fifth of the victims made hardware improvements such as more locks following the burglary. Almost one-fourth took no additional precautions at all as a result of the victimization. Ten tables and 12 notes are included.
Index Term(s): Burglary; Citizen crime precautions; Psychological victimization effects; Residential security
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