The Effect of Community-Level Alarm Ownership on Burglary Rates

Jeffrey Roth, Seungmug Lee, Jae jin Joo

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Macrolevel research has established that a variety of community traits are likely to influence burglary rates across neighborhoods. However, these studies have almost never considered the effects of aggregate alarm ownership despite some evidence for the importance of community-level target hardening. Thus, the present study examined the relationships among tract-level alarm ownership, burglary rates, and sociodemographic variables using a sample of 90 census tracts from a large city in the northeastern United States. Regression models indicated an unexpected positive association between alarm ownership and burglary rates, although that relationship may be moderated by poverty rates. Additionally, the strength of the association between burglary and alarm ownership appeared to vary widely from year to year.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)160-171
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Applied Security Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 3 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Safety Research
  • Law


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