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Burglars On The Job: Streetlife and Residential Break-ins Paperback – Feb 15 1996

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Northeastern; New edition edition (Feb. 15 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555532713
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555532710
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.3 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,079,071 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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Sobering view of burglar methods April 6 2012
By Jim - Published on
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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.
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What Were They Thinking? Well, Now You Know! Nov. 23 2013
By LoveThatRonWhite - Published on
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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!
Into the mind of a criminal?? April 2 2015
By Darren Teale - Published on
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If you are into home protection, security or criminology it is a dry read full of facts and figures. Having been in the security industry for over twenty years some chapters lined up perfectly with my observations and others were a case of that makes sense. This book is one of the better insights into how a thief things. Although I wouldn't recommend this book to everyone if you are in the security industry you might just find it interesting enough to get through it. There was just enough interesting insights to keep me reading.
Darren Teale
Security Consultant.
Burglars, sadly, are stupid people :( June 10 2013
By Lord Jeffrey of Starbucky - Published on
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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.
Three Stars May 25 2015
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Mostly of interest to sociologists.