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This paper explores some theoretical notions about repeat burglary inctimization, and reports findings from research into repeat victimization of residential burglary in the city of Bnschede, the Nether- lands, using police records over a period of six years. The study shows that there is a highly skewed distribution of burglary victimization in the population that is not due to chance. Furthermore, the study corrobo- rates the findings of former research that there is a much greater chance of a repeat burglary in the period immediately after a burglary and that the magnitude of this risk declines with time. It is argued that the most plausible explanation for these results is that the same of- fender(s) — or their acquaintances — return to the premises to commit another burglary. Using data on apprehended offenders, this hypothe- sis is partly tested. The study shows that repeat victimization is more likely in high-crime than in low-crime areas. It is demonstrated that the most convincing explanation for these results is that offenders are not only more likely to commit a burglary in residences near to the places they live, but that the same applies to the chance of committing a repeat burglary. Implications of the findings for crime prevention and detection are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-68
Number of pages16
JournalCrime Prevention Studies
Publication statusPublished - 2001


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