American Journal of Criminal Justice

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 155-167

First online:

The efficacy of home security measures

  • Timothy C. O’sheaAffiliated withDepartment of Political Science and Criminal Justice, University of South Alabama Email author 

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Crime prevention through environmental design(CPTED) assumes criminal acts are influenced by their inherent costs and benefits. Policy implications drawn from CPTED suggest home security measures increase these costs and reduce the likelihood of burglary. This paper tests the efficacy of home security measures. A telephone survey of 566 residents in Mobile County, Alabama, inquired about security measures burglary victims and nonvictims employed. A logistic regression solution found some, but not all, of these security measures to be quite effective.