An Evaluation of a Research-Informed Target Hardening Initiative
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.
KeywordsCrime 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
Window locks, internal lights on a timer, double door locks and external lights on a sensor
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