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Resource Distribution in a Repeat Burglary Intervention

NCJ Number
Crime Prevention and Community Safety: An International Journal Volume: 4 Issue: 3 Dated: 2002 Pages: 23-36
Frank Morgan
Rob Mawby
Date Published
14 pages
This article describes how targeting of repeat-victimization prevention, in Adelaide, South Australia, effectively distributed scarce crime prevention resources.
This article examines the distribution of crime prevention resources in a repeat burglary intervention conducted between November 1998 and December 2000, over a large part of Adelaide, South Australia. It was found that the project was able to target individuals in need of crime prevention resources, and did provide some effective means of reducing repeat burglary rates on a short term basis, but it did not produce a reduction in the rate of short term total burglary rates overall. The issues surrounding resource allocation for crime prevention are discussed, and it is said that the proportion of police force which was given over to crime prevention was inversely proportional to the force area's recorded crime rate. The principles of strategy most relevant to distribution of resources are reviewed. The short term and long term effects of repeat-burglary reduction are described, noting that the risk of future burglary is much greater for victimized than for non-victimized households. Tables include information on basic characteristics of the repeat burglary intervention area; monthly referrals and interventions compared with eligible burglaries; and type of intervention and reason for non-intervention, all referral. A figure gives the project penetration by average household income of suburbs. 36 Notes


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