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Interrupting "near repeat" burglary patterns : rapid identification and interaction with at-risk residents after a burglary : research brief (summary report) / Elizabeth Groff, Travis Taniguchi, Karen L. Amendola.

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Canadian Policing Research Catalogue



Alternate Title

Near repeat crime : research in brief, June 2018




Includes bibliographical references.


1 online resource (iii, 9 pages)


"Research Brief was excerpted and edited by Karen L. Amendola from: Groff, E.R. & Taniguchi, T. (2018). Micro-level policing for preventing near repeat residential burglary: final monograph. Washington, DC: Police Foundation."--Page 1.
Author(s) affiliated with: Temple University, Department of Criminal Justice; RTI International Policing Research Program; Police Foundation.


"The biggest challenge facing crime prevention in policing is the need to correctly anticipate where and when crime will occur (Pease & Laycock, 1999). Hot spots policing focuses on the locations where crimes occur frequently, though knowing when they will occur can help law enforcement effectively deploy personnel. Repeat victimization occurs when the same target is victimized again. However, the “Near Repeat” (NR) phenomenon (Morgan, 2001) is when those that live near to a burglary victim are victimized soon after; in other words, when one home is burglarized, for a particular time period afterwards, homes nearby are at an elevated risk of burglary. Empirical research has clearly confirmed the existence of NR burglary patterns. The exact spatial and temporal extent of increased risk varies; however, we know the increased risk level that occurs after a burglary is temporary, suggesting police must act quickly to maximize the potential for reaping crime prevention benefits."--Page 2.


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1. Project team. -- 2. Introduction and past research. -- Prevalence of residential burglary. -- The near repeat phenomenon. -- Preventing near repeat burglary. -- Past research. -- Calculating high risk zones and times of greatest risk. -- 3. Methodology and design. -- Our study. -- Research questions. -- Methodology and protocols. -- Random assignment. -- Treatment. -- 4. Data collection and analysis. -- Data collection. -- Analysis. -- 5. Results. -- Effect of the treatment on near repeat burglary. -- Effect of the intervention on residents. -- Reasons for null findings. -- Final summary. -- 6. Limitations and implications. -- Limitations of study. -- Implications for policing. -- 7. References.

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