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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

Current methods in planning for security improvements in residential areas generally proceed with an inadequate empirical base. As a result, security plans often fail to address a community's real problems or to employ realistic methodology to ameliorate the apparent problem. Such methodological weakness can cause a security program to have no impact or to exhibit poor benefit-to-cost ratios. This paper examines these problems and outlines a methodology by which to improve security planning, refine the allocation of security resources and enhance benefit-cost relationships. The following parts of this paper: (a) describe the scope of the residential security problem; (b) delineate the most common failings of current planning practices; and (c) propose a methodology for addressing the problem more effectively.

1.
Statistical Abstract of the United States: 1972
,”
U.S. Bureau of the Census, Government Printing Office
,
1972
, p. 143.
2.
Garofalo
,
James
, “
Public Opinion about Crime
,”
Criminal Justice Research Center
,
Albany, N.Y.
,
1977
, p. 34.
3.
Criminal Victimization in the United States: A Comparison of 1976 and 1977 Findings, Advance Report
,”
NCJRS
No. SD-NCS-N-10A,
Law Enforcement Assistance Agency
,
11
1978
, p. 2.
4.
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,” DOJ-GPO,
Federal Bureau of Investigation
,
1975
, p. 26.
5.
Criminal Victimization in the United States-1975
,”
NCJRS
No. SD-NCS-N-7,
Law Enforcement Assistance Agency
,
1977
, p. 50.
6.
Criminal Victimization in the United States-1975
,”
NCJRS
No. SD-NCS-N-7,
Law Enforcement Assistance Agency
,
1977
, pp. 6-7.
7.
Criminal Victimization in the United States-1975
,”
NCJRS
No. SD-NCS-N-7,
Law Enforcement Assistance Agency
,
1977
, p. 77.
8.
Criminal Victimization in the United States-1975
,”
NCJRS
No. SD-NCS-N-7,
Law Enforcement Assistance Agency
,
1977
, p. 73.
9.
Reppetto
,
T. A.
,
Residential Crime
,
Ballinger
,
Cambridge, Mass.
,
1974
.
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