Linking burglary and target hardening at the property level: New insights into victimization and burglary protection

  • Hirschfield A
  • Newton A
  • Rogerson M
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This paper has focused on the geographical alignment of the risk of crime and crime prevention activities. However, risk may not be the only concern of policy makers, Millie (2008) and Ekblom and Sidebottom (2008) have highlighted the need to consider the risk, vulnerability and impact of crime separately. This raises questions regarding how to priorities target hardening based on the likely risk and potential consequences of burglary. Should properties with the highest risk of burglary be targeted or those residents deemed to be more vulnerable to the consequences of burglary, or some combination of or all of these factors. It is apparent that analysis of the crime patterns in isolation from the policy environment can result in the prescription of crime prevention solutions that are not practical, desirable or effective in practice. Moving forward requires the integration of crime theory with an improved understanding of the practicalities of delivery and the wider policy goals of crime prevention. Endnotes

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  • Burglary risk
  • Properties
  • Target hardening

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