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Coping with Burglary: Research Perspectives on Policy by Ronald Clarke, Tim Hope (auth.), Ronald Clarke, Tim Hope

By Ronald Clarke, Tim Hope (auth.), Ronald Clarke, Tim Hope (eds.)

This publication includes the papers given at a workshop organised via the house place of work (England and Wales) just about residential housebreaking. this can be a subject of a lot public predicament, and that i welcome the house workplace initiative in mounting the workshop. The participants have been all researchers and crim­ inologists who've made a distinct examine of housebreaking, and their short used to be to think about the results in their paintings for coverage. As a policeman, i locate their paintings of specific curiosity and relevance at present while police according to­ formance, as ordinarily measured via the clear-up price, isn't really preserving speed with the rise within the numbers of burglaries coming to police recognition. The discovering that raises in housebreaking are extra reflective of the public's reporting behavior than of any major upward thrust within the real point of housebreaking is helping with viewpoint yet bargains little convenience to policemen. The 600/0 in­ crease within the legit data on account that 1970 is followed through a proportionate elevate in police paintings in traveling sufferers, looking out scenes of crime, writing crime experiences, and finishing different documentation. In a few forces the purpose has been reached the place to be had detective time is so taken up by way of the amount of visits and stories that there's little last for genuine in­ vestigation. yet as a result random and opportunist nature of housebreaking, it can't be acknowledged with any self belief that expanding investigative means could make an important and lasting impression at the total housebreaking figures.

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28 COPING WITH BURGLARY Sparks, R. , Genn, H. and Dodd, D. J. (1977). Surveying Victims. London: John Wiley. S. Department of Justice. (1982). Criminal Victimisation in the United States, 1979-80 Changes, 1973-80 Trends. Bureau of Justice Statistics Technical Report. : Government Printing Office. Webber, R. J. (1978). Parliamentary Constituencies: a socio-economic classification. Occasional Paper No. 13. London: Office of Population Censuses and Surveys. Wood, D. S. (1983). British Crime Survey: technical report.

This contradiction of received wisdom has obvious implications for resource allocation: resources should not be deployed to the criminal justice system on the grounds that burglary is a rapidly growing problem. As a corollary, there is a clear need to continue monitoring burglary levels using crime surveys. Some might express concern that people often choose not to bring in the police when they are burgled. It could be argued, for instance, that nonreporting indicates low levels of confidence in the police.

M. W. (1980). " Home Office Research Bulletin, No. 10. London: Home Office Research and Planning Unit. Maguire, E. M. W. (1982). Burglary in a Dwelling. London: Heinemann. , Clarke, R. V. , Sturman, A. and Hough, J. M. (1976). Crime as Opportunity. Home Office Research Study No. 34. London: HMSO. Mayhew, P. and Clarke, R. V. G. (1982). " In Schneider, H. J. ), The Victim in International Perspective. Papers and essays given at the Third International Symposium on Victimology, Muenster, Westphalia, September, 1979.

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