Security Journal

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 708–725 | Cite as

The role of perceived effectiveness in home security choices

  • Jeffrey J. RothEmail author
Original Article


Some research has examined the factors that influence whether individuals take precautions against crime, while other work has explored residents’ perceptions about what effectively protects homes from burglary. However, prior studies have not assessed whether the perceived effectiveness of a protective measure affects the likelihood of its use. The present study explored that question using data from a mail survey; other independent variables included fear, perceived risk, prior victimization, and demographic factors. The analyses indicated that perceived effectiveness was the most frequently significant predictor, while other variables were generally insignificant.


Crime prevention Burglary Fear of crime Protective behavior Home security 



This project was funded by a research development Grant from Penn State New Kensington. My thanks also go to the helpful staff of Marketing Information Service for their assistance with mailing list procurement and production of the survey mailing.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Administration of Justice DepartmentPenn State New KensingtonNew KensingtonUSA

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