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Do Burglar Alarms Increase Burglary Risk? A Counterintuitive Finding and Possible Explanations

Tilley, NJ; Thompson, R; Farrell, G; Grove, L; Tseloni, A; (2014) Do Burglar Alarms Increase Burglary Risk? A Counterintuitive Finding and Possible Explanations. Crime Prevention and Community Safety: an international journal , 17 pp. 1-19. 10.1057/cpcs.2014.17. Green open access

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Abstract

Burglar alarms are widely used as a means to try to reduce the risk of domestic burglary. Previous research has suggested that some burglars are deterred by alarms and that they are therefore effective. Using multiple sweeps of the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW), the research reported here sought to corroborate these findings. It finds that alarms are associated with increased rather than decreased risk of burglary and that negative associations have increased over time. These counterintuitive findings need to be treated cautiously. A series of hypotheses that might explain them are outlined.

Type: Article
Title: Do Burglar Alarms Increase Burglary Risk? A Counterintuitive Finding and Possible Explanations
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1057/cpcs.2014.17
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/cpcs.2014.17
Language: English
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Keywords: intruder alarms, domestic burglary risk, situational crime prevention
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1456429
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