Near-repeat burglary phenomenon

Derek Johnson

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Academic research in recent years has explored the spatial and temporal elements of residental burglary in the UK as well as in other countries (Bowers et al., 2004; Johnson and bowers, 2004). This research has concluded that burglaries clusterin both time and space. Where this is apparent the risk of burglary is 'communicable' in a similar way to disease, that is it quickly spreads to other residential properties nearby but as time passes the risk of communication reduces. This 'near-repeat' phenomena, as it has been dubbed, would appear to potentially contribute to supporting a proactive impact on crime reduction initiatives. It was on this basis that analysts in the Bournemouth Division of Dorset Police (on the south coast of England) saw opportunities for such strategies around residential burglary crime in 2005. This was at a time when the division was faced with tough buglary reduction targets and when it appeared to offer the ability of introducing a predictive capability towards directing reduction interventions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCrime mapping case studies : practice and research
EditorsS. Chainey, L. Tomson
Place of PublicationChichester
ISBN (Print)978-0470516089
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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