The impact of burglary: A tale of two cities

R. I. Mawby, S. Walklate

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Victims' experiences of burglary in two contrasting English cities are compared, using data from a wider cross-national survey. Perceptions of the incident are assessed in terms of financial costs and the wider impact, including the effect of the crime on children in the household, and these are considered alongside the operation of victim support in the two areas. Finally victims' reactions are compared according to concern over future victimisation and crime prevention initiatives. Overall the data suggest that while the responses of burglary victims in the two contrasting urban environments share many common features, living in a more impoverished environment with higher rates of crime influences the ways in which respondents respond to their burglary.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-295
Number of pages29
JournalInternational Review of Victimology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1997
Externally publishedYes

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