Burglars on the Job: Streetlife and Residential Break-ins

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UPNE, 1996 - Law - 231 pages
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Drawing on extensive interviews with 105 active burglars in St. Louis, Missouri, Burglars on the Job presents offenders' perspectives on the process of burglarizing a residence. The authors, Richard T. Wright and Scott H. Decker, consider motivations for the decision to burglarize a dwelling, explore how and why the burglar selects targets, examine how the offender executes the break-in, discuss strategies for searching a residence, and detail the ways in which the burglar disposes of stolen goods. Unlike earlier studies of residential burglary, which collected data from a small number of offenders within a prison environment, this ground-breaking work examines a larger sample of unincarcerated burglars, all identified and contacted without the assistance of criminal justice agencies or authorities. As a result, Wright and Decker were able to obtain more honest and forthright responses from the offenders, and they were able to study the burglars' decision-making processes within the context of streetlife culture. The authors found the offenders' needs to support activities such as drinking and drug-taking often shape the decision to commit a residential break-in, and that burglars rarely consider risks or the threat of sanctions. Burglars on the Job concludes with an insightful discussion that considers the implications of the authors' findings for theories on criminal decision-making, crime prevention policy, and field research.
  

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Review: Burglars On The Job: Streetlife and Residential Break-ins

User Review  - Vanessa Braganza - Goodreads

Everything you've ever wanted to know about residential burglars...and many things you don't. The authors embarked upon an ambitious research project, but no way is this making it onto my reread list! Read full review

Review: Burglars On The Job: Streetlife and Residential Break-ins

User Review  - Vanessa Braganza - Goodreads

Everything you've ever wanted to know about residential burglars...and many things you don't. The authors embarked upon an ambitious research project, but no way is this making it onto my reread list! Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
Deciding to Commit a Burglary
35
Choosing the Target
62
Entering the Target
103
Chapters Search and Departure Strategies
139
Disposing of the Goods
164
Theory and Prevention
196
Appendix
214
References
219
Index
227
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Richard Wright was born in 1908 near Roxie, Mississippi. He is also the author of "Native Son, the first novel by an African American to be featured as a Main Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club; "The Outsider; "The Long Dream; and many other works. After World War II, Wright expatriated with his family to Paris, where he lived until his death in 1960.

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