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Do burglar alarms increase burglary risk? A counter-intuitive finding and possible explanations

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posted on 28.01.2015, 15:00 authored by Nick Tilley, Rebecca Thompson, Graham Farrell, Louise Nicholas, Andromachi Tseloni
Burglar alarms are widely used as a means to try to reduce the risk of domestic burglary. Previous research has suggested that some burglars are deterred by alarms and that they are therefore effective. Using multiple sweeps of the Crime Survey for England and Wales, the research reported here sought to corroborate these findings. It finds that alarms have become associated with increased rather than decreased risk of burglary with entry. This counter-intuitive finding needs to be treated cautiously. A series of hypotheses that might explain it are outlined.

Funding

This work was supported by an Economic and Social Research Council Secondary Data Analysis Initiative Phase 1 grant (project REF: ESRC-SDAI) [grant numbers ES/K003771/1 and ES/K003771/2].

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

Crime Prevention and Community Safety: an international journal

Volume

17

Issue

1

Pages

1 - 19

Citation

TILLEY, N. ... et al, 2015. Do burglar alarms increase burglary risk? A counter-intuitive finding and possible explanations. Crime Prevention and Community Safety: an International Journal, 17 (1), pp. 1 - 19

Publisher

© Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Publication date

2015

Notes

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

ISSN

1743-4629

Language

en