Factors influencing burglary and home security measures in England and Wales

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Bankiewicz, U. and Papadouka, M. 2023. Factors influencing burglary and home security measures in England and Wales. European Journal of Criminology.
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TitleFactors influencing burglary and home security measures in England and Wales
AuthorsBankiewicz, U. and Papadouka, M.
Abstract

Objectives: This exploratory study aims to investigate the relationship between characteristics of the survey respondents, reported fear of burglary and installed home security measures.
Methods: This is a secondary analysis research on data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales 2017/18. The data was analysed using suitable statistical methods: regression modelling and factor analysis.
Results: The main findings showed that the socioeconomic status of respondents and the status of the area they live in are the strongest predictors of installation of deterrence home security measures. The findings further revealed that those of lower socioeconomic status are more afraid of burglary and more likely to have deterrence but not entry prevention home security installed. However, the direct impact of fear of burglary on deterrence home security measures indicated a decrease on the likelihood of this type of home security measure being installed. This suggests that affordability of home security measures plays an important role.
Conclusion: Participants from lower socioeconomic status are more afraid of becoming victims of burglary and invest in cheaper home security measures to protect their homes, while wealthier participants do not feel the need to protect their homes since they are more likely to live in low crime areas.

KeywordsFear of crime; fear of burglary; home security measures
Sustainable Development Goals3 Good health and well-being
10 Reduced inequalities
Middlesex University ThemeHealth & Wellbeing
LanguageEnglish
PublisherSAGE Publications
JournalEuropean Journal of Criminology
ISSN1477-3708
Electronic1741-2609
Publication process dates
Deposited01 Jun 2023
Accepted26 May 2023
Output statusIn press
Accepted author manuscript
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Bankiewicz, Urszula and Papadouka, Maria Eirini (2023) Factors influencing burglary and home security measures in England and Wales. European Journal of Criminology. (Journal Volume Number and Issue Number) pp. xx-xx. Copyright © 2023 (Copyright Holder). DOI: [DOI number].
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