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Deterrence of Suburban Burglaries

NCJ Number
S Hakim; A J Buck
Date Published
243 pages
This study analyzed suburban burglary patterns and how residential properties can be effectively protected, based on data obtained from three suburbs in the Philadelphia area.
Burglary patterns were analyzed using detailed data about burgled and nonburgled properties. The study identified a number of factors that increase a residence's chance of being burglarized. Properties within three blocks of a major thoroughfare are highly vulnerable to burglary, particularly if the road connects to areas of lower income households. A house's chance of being burglarized increases if it is adjacent to woods, a park, abandoned railroad tracks, or is located away from the street. Townhouses, especially the end-of-block units, are highly susceptible to burglary. Large homes on large lots are highly vulnerable to burglary. A moderately priced home in an expensive area is more vulnerable to burglary than a similar home in a moderate-income neighborhood. Measures proven to reduce burglaries are deadbolt locks, exterior lights, interior lights, a car in the driveway, and alarm systems. 11 tables, 54 figures, 17 references, and study questionnaires