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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

November 1, 2004: Why Burglars Offend: New Research

New research, just published, explores the perspectives of offenders on the offences which they commit. Home Office Research Findings no. 249, authored by Ian Hearnden and Christine Magill, is entitled 'Decision-Making By House Burglars: Offenders’ Perspectives'. It describes a study that interviewed burglars in southern England.

The offenders were asked to describe decisions they had taken when planning and carrying out domestic burglary. At the time of the research, offenders’ main motivation for committing residential burglary was the need to fund drug use. The main reasons they gave for starting burgling were the influence of friends, the need to fund drug use and boredom.

Among the key points which emerged from Hearnden and Magill’s research:

  • Need of money for drugs was the main reason given for more recent burglaries.

  • The likely ‘yield’ was a burglar’s key consideration when deciding which house to target.

  • Offenders were more likely to base decisions about the attractiveness of a property on beliefs that the occupants had goods worth stealing than on structural aspects of the building.

  • Offenders were most likely to take cash, jewelry, laptops and credit cards.

  • Over two-thirds of the sample said they had returned to a property they had burgled before

  • and taken items from it on a second occasion.

  • l Over half of the sample knew who lived in the property they were burgling.

  • Interviewees did not believe burglary to be risky, especially once they had disposed of the goods taken.

The Research Finding can be downloaded here.