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ASTM Selected Technical Papers
Building Security
By
J Stroik
J Stroik
1
Research architect
, Environmental Design Research Division—Center for Building Technology,
National Bureau of Standards
,
Washington, D.C., 20234
;
symposium chairman and editor
.
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ISBN-10:
0-8031-0606-8
ISBN:
978-0-8031-0606-2
No. of Pages:
221
Publisher:
ASTM International
Publication date:
1981

According to a national survey of crime, unlawful entry without force (no-force burglary) is the most common type of residential burglary in the United States; each year incidents of this type account for hundreds of millions of dollars of cash and property loss. Unlawful entries without force are characterized by an absence of any visual signs of force, and, for a variety of reasons, are seldom reported to local authorities. This paper presents findings from the National Crime Survey, an ongoing survey of approximately 60 000 households across America. The analysis focuses upon such situational characteristics as time of occurrence, method of entry, and type and value of goods stolen. Results tend to confirm findings which show that many residential burglaries are crimes of opportunity committed by inexperienced offenders, some of whom might have been deterred if minimal security measures had been taken.

1.
Criminal Victimization in the United States: A Comparison of 1976 and 1977 Findings
.” Advance Report,
National Criminal Justice Information and Statistical Service, U.S. Government Printing Office
, Washington, D.C.,
1978
.
2.
The Cost of Negligence: Losses from Preventable Household Burglaries
,”
National Criminal Justice Information and Statistical Service, U.S. Government Printing Office
,
Washington, D.C.
,
1979
.
3.
Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook
,
United States Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Government Printing Office
,
Washington, D.C.
,
1975
, p. 28.
4.
Scarr
,
H. A.
, “
Patterns of Burglary
,”
U.S. Government Printing Office
,
Washington, D.C.
,
1973
.
5.
Repetto
,
T. A.
in
Residential Crime
,
Ballinger Publishing Co.
,
Cambridge, Mass.
,
1974
.
6.
Pope
,
E.
, “
Crime Specific Analysis, An Empirical Examination of Burglary Offense and Offender Characteristics
,”
U.S. Government Printing Office
,
Washington, D.C.
,
1977
, p. 33.
7.
Waller
,
I.
in
Victimology: An International Journal
, Vol.
1
, No.
2
, Summer
1976
, pp. 242-252.
8.
Wilson
,
J. Q.
and
Boland
,
B.
in
The Urban Predicament
,
The Vilan Institute
,
Washington, D.C.
,
1976
.
9.
Glaser
,
Daniel
in
Crime in Our Changing Society
,
Holt, Rinehart and Winston
,
New York
,
1978
.
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