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Title: The effectiveness of burglary security devices
Authors: Tseloni, Andromachi
Thompson, Rebecca
Grove, Louise E.
Tilley, Nick
Farrell, Graham
Keywords: Burglary
Security devices
Crime Survey for England and Wales
Security impact assessment tool
Security protection factor
Burglary rates
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Citation: TSELONI, A. ... et al., 2017. The effectiveness of burglary security devices. Security Journal, 30 (2), pp.646–664
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.
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Sponsor: This work is supported by an Economic and Social Research Council Secondary Data Analysis Initiative Phase 1 grant (project REF: ESRC-SDAI (ES/K003771/1).
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1057/sj.2014.30
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/16142
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/sj.2014.30
ISSN: 0955-1662
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