An Evaluation of a Research-Informed Target Hardening Initiative

  • James Hunter
  • Andromachi Tseloni


This chapter describes a target hardening demonstration project implemented in an English city, which drew on the research findings relating to burglary and the most effective combination ‘on a budget’ nationally – window locks, internal lights on a timer, double door locks or deadlocks and external lights on a sensor (WIDE) – of security devices presented earlier in this book. The pilot target hardening initiative sought to test the effectiveness of the WIDE security combination in local areas following the principle of repeat and near repeat victimisation. The discussion provides an overview of the different stages of the initiative and the partner organisations involved. It also outlines preliminary evaluation results, which suggest WIDE-informed burglary prevention gains, and discusses some of the practical and methodological issues surrounding crime reduction initiatives that stem from the project in question.


Crime prevention evaluation Domestic burglary Pilot project Target hardening initiative 



Burglary Task and Finish group


Crime Survey for England and Wales


Economic and Social Research Council-Secondary Data Analysis Initiative


Lower Super Output Area (statistical geographical boundary for UK Census and other data)


Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership


Nottingham City Homes


Near repeat victimisation


Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner


Police Community Support Officers


Pre-crime unit


Window locks, internal lights on a timer, double door locks and external lights on a sensor


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Quantitative and Spatial Criminology, School of Social SciencesNottingham Trent UniversityNottinghamUK

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