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Burglars On The Job: Streetlife and Residential Break-ins [Paperback]

Richard T. Wright , Scott H. Decker , Gilbert Geis

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Book Description

Feb. 15 1996
Through extensive and candid interviews, the authors of this ground-breaking work have studied burglars' decision-making processes within the context of their streetlife culture. In this volume they present their findings in the areas of motivation, target selection, methods of entering and searching a residence, and methods of selling stolen goods, concluding with a discussion of the theoretical implications of their research.

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Northeastern; New edition edition (Feb. 15 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555532713
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555532710
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.6 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #569,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Richard Wright and Scott Decker . . . have made a milestone contribution to the understanding of residential burglary. . . If the enterprising spirit of this study were to be taken as a model for studying other forms of street crime, we would enjoy a major leap forward in criminological knowledge." —Contemporary Sociology

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sobering view of burglar methods April 6 2012
By Jim - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book on the recommendation from a defensive hand gun forum. It is a sobering look at how burglars choose, enter and pick items to steal. The researchers paid active criminals to discuss their methods and motivation. Most of the study subjects had never been arrested or served time for burglary. The authors discuss methodology of verifying and cross checking stories. The book reads like a research paper, not a novel. I believe I'm more likely to avoid attracting a burglar after reading this book. No offense, but I'd rather my neighbors get picked to be ripped off than my home. I now have more information to encourage thieves to walk on by.

Other great books about being safe are "In the Gravest Extreme" by Massad Ayoob, "Thank God I had a Gun" by Chris Bird and "The Concealed Handgun Manual" also by Chris Bird.

The most important thing I have learned from these books is individuals that are aware of the threats around them and are prepared to respond are the least likely to be targeted. Criminals want safe easy targets. It is not hard to avoid that defenseless clueless category if you understand the information from these books.
4.0 out of 5 stars What Were They Thinking? Well, Now You Know! Nov. 23 2013
By LoveThatRonWhite - Published on Amazon.com
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I'd like to see a follow-up on this, with new research -- would make a good documentary. I keep looking at my property from a burglar's perspective now. This book makes that possible. Not only a sociological study, this has practical applications. It's a little depressing to witness the mind-sets behind the behaviors, but that's reality. Recommend!
4.0 out of 5 stars Burglars, sadly, are stupid people :( June 10 2013
By Lord Jeffrey of Starbucky - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this with the hopes of reading true stories of thieves doing interesting things, kind of like true crime. Sadly, it's story after story of mostly dumb criminals who steal to keep up their drug habits :) Not the author's fault, he wrote an accurate book. I only gave it 4 stars because of the academic writing style, but the data in the book is great.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sociology 101 June 19 2013
By Femme Vitale - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was a little bit dry for my taste. I know, I know... it's a sociological treatise. It's not supposed to be action packed, or exciting. Maybe next time I'll stick to detective novels.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A timely investment Nov. 26 2011
By TJ - Published on Amazon.com
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Today with crime so ramped this book Burglars On The Job is a timely read. I use it as a reference book becaue you can share info with your neighbors.

It is a very informative book easy to read and apply some of the precautions.

It's a good book to always have around the house, I consider it a must for single females that live alone.

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