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The Health Impact Assessment of the\ud Home Office Reducing Burglary Initiative

By Alex Hirschfield, Sally Boardman, John Douglass and Judith Strobl


1.1 There is an increasing body of literature, which considers not only the\ud negative health impacts of crime on individuals and communities, but also the nature\ud and context of fear of crime. This element, which is not easily explained by either\ud experience or risk of crime, has only recently been further explored. The health\ud impacts of property crimes such as theft and burglary are, however, the least well\ud documented of all crime types. Researchers have even less frequently examined the\ud preventive and protective effects on health of crime prevention; this is probably the\ud first study approaching this subject directly for the area of domestic burglary.\ud 1.2 Emerging Health Impact Assessment (HIA) methods offer mechanisms for\ud identifying and exploring the potential links between health and non-health policies,\ud programmes or projects (Lock, 2000). The current rapid HIA study has applied an\ud ‘off-the-shelf’ method for HIA, the Merseyside Guidelines (Scott-Samuel et al., 1998)\ud to the Home Office’s national Reducing Burglary Initiative (RBI), both prospectively\ud and retrospectively in selected local case study project

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