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The effectiveness of burglary security devices

Tseloni, A; Thompson, R; Grove, L; Tilley, N; Farrell, G; (2017) The effectiveness of burglary security devices. Security Journal , 30 (2) pp. 646-664. 10.1057/sj.2014.30. Green open access

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Abstract

This study measures the effectiveness of anti-burglary security devices, both individually and in combination. Data for 2008–2012 from the Crime Survey of England and Wales are analysed via the Security Impact Assessment Tool to estimate Security Protection Factors (SPFs). SPFs indicate the level of security conferred relative to the absence of security devices. It finds that, for individual devices, external lights and door double locks or deadlocks, are most effective but, counter-intuitively, burglar alarms and dummy alarms confer less protection than no security. Combinations of devices generate positive interaction effects that increase protection more than additively. In particular, combinations with door and window locks plus external lights or security chains confer at least 20 times greater protection against burglary with entry than no security. Although further research is needed, the findings are consistent with improved security playing an important role in long-term declines in burglary rates.

Type: Article
Title: The effectiveness of burglary security devices
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1057/sj.2014.30
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/sj.2014.30
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © Macmillan Publishers Ltd 2016. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in the credit line; if the material is not included under the Creative Commons license, users will need to obtain permission from the license holder to reproduce the material. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Keywords: burglary, security devices, Crime Survey for England and Wales, security impact assessment tool, security protection factor, burglary rates
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/1501490
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