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Residential Burglary in Guelph: Looking at the Physical and Social Predictors of Break and Enters

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Title: Residential Burglary in Guelph: Looking at the Physical and Social Predictors of Break and Enters
Author: Apps, Joes
Department: Department of Political Science
Program: Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy
Advisor: Parnaby, Patrick
Abstract: The rate of residential break and enters in Canada has been declining according to official statistics, but has increased according to self reports of victims. Since the 1970s, considerable attention has been given to preventing break and enters by altering the physical environment. However, studies that assess the effects of physical design have produced mixed results. The data for this study were drawn from Guelph Police Service break and enter records, and property site assessments were performed using Google Earth and Street View. Drawing from rational choice and routine activities perspectives, physical and social features of burgled and non-burgled single detached dwellings were assessed to determine which features predicted break and enter victimization. Results suggest little empirical support for place-based crime prevention strategies such as Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/3866
Date: 2012-08


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