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Burglars On The Job: Streetlife and Residential Break-ins

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  37 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Through extensive and candid interviews, the authors of this ground-breaking work have studied burglars' decision-making processes within the context of their streetlife culture. In this volume they present their findings in the areas of motivation, target selection, methods of entering and searching a residence, and methods of selling stolen goods, concluding with a discu ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published February 15th 1996 by Northeastern (first published 1994)
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Feb 11, 2009 rated it liked it
Although primarily an academic study, "Burglars on the Job" is a fascinating bit of criminology from which we can all learn something. One of apparently few studies in which active burglars were interviewed about their crimes, the book describes the motivations, choices, and considerations burglars make at all stages of the process. The book can be a bit repetitive at times - each chapter ends with a summary and the conclusions are summarized again in the entire last chapter - but the choice quo ...more
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a very interesting book about burglary. To differentiate from other books, the author conducted his research by interviewing ACTIVE burglars...not those who had been incarcerated. The highlights of the research include:

- Most burglars are young, male, and poor

- Burglars are not motivated, career oriented individuals. Their burglaries are conducted to fulfill an immediate need for cash, usually to support a drug habit

- The average burglar commits fewer than 10 burglaries per year. Only 7%
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an academic study of active burglars, which remains a very rare occurrence even amongst criminologists today. The book remains surprisingly relevant even today, with the authors still being interviewed about their findings many years after publication. The writing, while academic, makes it one of the easier academic works to read, and the quotes peppered throughout offer a most interesting insight into the decision-making of burglars.
Vanessa Braganza
Jan 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Everything you've ever wanted to know about residential burglars...and many things you don't. The authors embarked upon an ambitious research project, but no way is this making it onto my reread list!
Donnie Edgemon
Jul 25, 2011 rated it liked it
It turns out that this book is actually an academic paper. It reads pretty easily, though. I'm not sure why I thought I would be interested in a study of burglary.
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Apr 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One of the best written academic studies that I have seen. Very compelling.
Sep 12, 2010 rated it liked it
a bit dry, a bit outdated, but remains an illuminating view into the mental word of burglary
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