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Linking Burglary and Target Hardening at the Property Level: New Insights Into Victimization and Burglary Protection

By Alex Hirschfield, Andrew D. Newton and Michelle Rogerson

Abstract

This article draws on a recent study that examined the impact of target hardening on domestic burglary in the City of Liverpool, England, between July 2005 and December 2007. Individual property-level data, from a range of sources, were collated for each residential property in the City enabling details about burglaries (timing, location, modus operandi) to be linked to data on the nature, timing, and location of target-hardening activity. Properties were grouped according to the presence or absence of burglary and/or target hardening at each address and the sequence of events. Groups included properties burgled, target hardened, and not subsequently burgled; no prior burglary, target hardened, subsequent burglary; burgled, never target hardened, and other combinations.The results suggest that property-level data give a richer picture of the relationship between burglary and target hardening than is possible using aggregate data at an area level

Topics: H1, HN
Publisher: Sage
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.hud.ac.uk:8433

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