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The hazard of burglary has significant impacts on people and the environment in which they live, and these can be identified easily. Consequently this hazard can be prevented and/ or managed effectively.

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The hazard of burglary has significant impacts on people and the environment in which they live, and these can be identified easily. Consequently this hazard can be prevented and/ or managed effectively. A hazard is an event that affects or threatens people or property. Burglary is a common, frequently occurring hazard. Burglary is the unauthorised entry into a building as a trespasser in order to steal. An offence of burglary is recorded by the police if a person enters any building as a trespasser with intent to commit an offence of theft, rape, GBH, or unlawful damage. Burglary does not necessarily involve forced entry. The 2001 British Crime Survey (BSC) estimates that there were a total of 1,063,000 burglaries against domestic properties in the year 2000. The majority of burglaries occur in urban areas and are less frequent in rural areas. Burglary has many different types of impacts on people and the surrounding environment, these are not always easy to identify as people are reluctant to admit any emotional upset, especially males. ...read more.


It was noticed that elderly victims became more nervous and twitchy after burglar and often became housebound and needed to spend more time with family. Difficulty sleeping and being upset are also effects of burglary. Overall burglary has many emotional effects that effect both men and women from all social classes. Burglary and its impacts mentioned above can be prevented or managed effectively so that it is reduced. Firstly some of the most effected areas are terraced houses, houses with little or no security measures, houses where the owner is young or has little income, and also houses in areas where there is high unemployment and low social status. Responses to combat burglary are target hardening. This is to have security devices installed on property that make it harder to make it harder for a thief. This could be in the form of a burglar alarm. Although this does not prevent a person breaking into the property it has been proven to reduce the likelihood of being burgled because it increases the chance of the burglar being noticed and even caught. ...read more.


Coal pit Mews, Bately is an example of an SBD housing development. SBD has been proven to be an effective scheme in the reduction of burglary. Research has revealed that there were 26% fewer crime events per dwelling in the SBD sample of 660. Finally marking property with a pen which can be read under ultraviolet light is an effective way of increasing the chance that stolen property may be returned to the owner if recovered by the police. Simple common mistakes are also a cause of burglary which can easily be prevented such as having large amounts of cash on display or within the property, leaving car keys on display and leaving doors unlocked. These can easily be avoided and will prevent a sneak-in burglar from easily removing expensive property such as cars. Overall burglary is a common problem which can be managed and even prevented by spending a small amount of money on security devices such as a burglar alarm and strong door locks. Increasing awareness of the problem also decreases burglary numbers. ...read more.

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