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What motivates and deters burglars?

A researcher led a study to take a look into the minds of burglars, providing insight into their motivations and methods. The team gathered survey responses from more than 400 convicted offenders. UNC Charlotte researcher Joseph Kuhns said that the study helps to understand gender differences in offending motivations and techniques. He said that by asking the burglars what motivates and what deters them, the team believes that this research can help people better understand how to protect themselves against these crimes and help Law enforcement more effectively respond. The findings of the study were, when selecting a target, most burglars said that they considered the close proximity of other people - including traffic, people in the house or business, and police officers; the lack of escape routes; and signs of increased security - including alarm signs, alarms, dogs inside, and outdoor cameras or other surveillance equipment. About 83 percent said that they would try to determ

Convicted Burglars Admit Alarm Systems Are Deterrents

IRVING, Texas — A new survey funded by the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation (AIREF) reveals that burglars are often deterred from specific targets that have alarm systems installed. Conducted by criminal justice professors from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC), the report titled “Understanding Decisions to Burglarize from the Offender’s Perspective,” uses feedback from 422 incarcerated male and female burglars across North Carolina, Kentucky and Ohio. Roughly, 83% of respondents reported that they would try to determine if an alarm was present before attempting a burglary, while 60% stated that an alarm system would cause them to seek an alternative target. More than half of the intruders said they would discontinue the burglary if they discovered an alarm. Another 31% said they would consider discontinuing the burglary, while 13% said they would continue regardless. Read the full story - click here

Burglars Confess: Recent University of North Carolina at Charlotte Research Provides Valuable Insight into Motivation, Target Selection

University researchers study convicted burglars to prove effectiveness of alarms, shed light on habits and decision-making. A groundbreaking new study by a researcher at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte examines hundreds of convicted offenders to gain an unprecedented look inside the mind of a burglar, providing remarkable insight into an intruder’s motivation and methods. According to the study , a majority of burglars considered the presence of deterrents such as alarms, outdoor cameras and other surveillance equipment when choosing a potential residential or commercial target. Approximately 83 percent of the offenders said they would attempt to determine if an alarm was present before attempting a burglary, and 60 percent said they would seek an alternative target. This was particularly true among the subset of burglars who were more likely to spend time deliberately and carefully planning a burglary. Read more: