The Incidence of Repeat Victimization for Commercial Burglary and Robbbery

Deborah Lamm Weisel, North Carolina State University

Non-residential crime is an understudied phenomenon. Commercial burglaries account for approximately 7 percent of all reported crime while commercial robberies account for up to 60 percent of robberies in large cities. A large proportion of commercial burglaries and robberies occur at addresses which are repeatedly victimized. This paper examines commercial burglaries and robberies in four large jurisdictions, identifying the prevalence of multiple victimization by type of business. In addition, the paper examines implications of repeat victimization for police policy and practice.

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