Burglary prevention in practice

Authored by: Kate Bowers , Shane D. Johnson

Handbook of Crime Prevention and Community Safety

Print publication date:  July  2017
Online publication date:  March  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138851054
eBook ISBN: 9781315724393
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Burglary attracts universal public concern. Within their lifetime most people will have either experienced it first-hand, or know someone who has within their immediate social circle. Although now rather out-of-date, the most recent estimates for the cost of burglary in the UK (Duborg et al., 2005) suggest a total societal cost of £3,268 per incident at 2003/04 prices. In addition to the costs associated with dealing with a burglary (e.g. securing entry points, replacing stolen items and so on), when burglary happens there are emotional consequences – 81 per cent of burglary victims surveyed in the UK in 2013/14 said they were emotionally affected by the incident (Office for National Statistics, 2014).

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