Commercial burglary: what offenders say

  • Gavin Butler


This paper is based on interviews with convicted commercial burglars who were on probation or in prison. It aims to establish why people commit this type of offence, and to identify the sorts of decisions involved in deciding how to carry it out, with particular reference to security systems. In short, this paper sets out to provide an insight into the commercial burglar’s perspective on crime.


Security System Crime Prevention Property Crime Security Guard Partition Wall 
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