Some Lessons From the Home Office Burglary Reduction Initiative in England and Wales: What Worked and Why?

Andrew Millie, South Bank University London
Ian Hearnden, South Bank University London

This presentation considers what worked and why regarding the implementation of twenty burglary reduction projects across southern England and Wales. These projects adopted a wide variety of strategies aimed at reducing domestic burglary, including situational, offender-based, victim-related and community-oriented interventions. We discuss the suitability of these interventions in relation to local project proposals, structure and management. Key issues include the types of interventions employed by practitioners, the added effectiveness of combining interventions into 'packages' and the robustness of underlying theory. The creation of appropriate bids is then explored. This focuses on how closely the initial proposals were informed by such factors as official government guidance and awareness of the local burglary problem. We follow this by examining the importance of recruiiting a project team with sufficient 'knowledge, commitment and capacity' to ensure successful implementation. We conclude by suggesting some of the conditions under which this may be achieved.

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Updated 05/20/2006