A survey of 76 known adult burglars in Rochdale, published by the Home Office Crime Prevention Unit in 1988, found that:
Using the information above, you are asked to make recommendations to the local Neighbourhood Watch group about ‘target-hardening’ measures to prevent burglary in your area. What recommendations would you make? As a group, put together a plan of action.
- 85% burgled properties only within 5 miles of home; 77% of burglars had walked to the target house; 25% knew the occupants.
- Most forced a window or door to enter the premises but most did not break glass.
- More than half stated they would be deterred by signs of occupancy, a visible burglar alarm or high visibility at the point of entry. More than half checked by ringing the doorbell or knocking on the door.
- Less than 20% of burglaries took place during the midnight to 8 am period. A third of all the burglaries took place between noon and 6 pm.
- Meter cash and audio-video equipment were the items most often taken.
- 70% of points of entry were visible to neighbours but only 35% to passers-by.
- When asked why they thought the victimised house had been chosen, 40% of
- Neighbours suggested it was ‘obvious’.
- Low actual or apparent occupancy was suggested by neighbours in 47% of the reasons.
- 22% specified meter cash or video equipment as attractive targets.
- A further 14% specified victim characteristics, either in terms of vulnerability or lifestyle.
- The survey indicated how important neighbours and victims could be in watching out for each others’ homes.