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Fysieke omgevingskenmerken en woninginbraak in Enschede

Veld, Kevin (2009) Fysieke omgevingskenmerken en woninginbraak in Enschede.

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Abstract:Burglary is a offender – object related crime (Kleemans, 1996). This means that potential offenders are interested in the objects to steal. Earlier research shows that offenders take the physical environment into consideration when ‘choosing’ a dwelling to burgle (Armitage, 2000, 2007; Hakim, Rengert & Shachamurove, 2000). This study is investigating the relation between physical environmental factors and the risk of being victimized of domestic burglary. There are two main reasons why this research is relevant. First, there is still no consensus about the precise function and role of the physical environment in relation to domestic burglary. This study tries to solve some disputes and fill in some blanks. Second, when it is clear which factors are adding risk to the change of victimization, it should be possible to reduce the amount of homes getting burgled by implementing specific measures. The goal of this research is to find how the physical environment is influencing the chance of being burgled. Next to this goal, it is important to see if the results in Enschede are in accordance with the results of earlier research performed by Armitage (2007). Above mentioned goals result in the following research question: “Which physical environmental factors are related to chance of being victimized with domestic burglary?” Moreover, this thesis will also discuss the practical implications, limitations of the research and some suggestions for further research
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Gemeente Enschede
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
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