Can burglary prevention be low-carbon and effective? Investigating the environmental performance of burglary prevention measures

Skudder, H., Brunton-Smith, I., Tseloni, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-6443-7012, McInnes, A., Cole, J., Thompson, R. ORCID: 0000-0003-4220-3730 and Druckman, A., 2017. Can burglary prevention be low-carbon and effective? Investigating the environmental performance of burglary prevention measures. Security Journal. ISSN 0955-1662

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Abstract

There has been limited study to date on the environmental impacts of crime prevention measures. We address this shortfall by estimating the carbon footprint associated with the most widely used burglary prevention measures: door locks, window locks, burglar alarms, lighting and CCTV cameras. We compare these footprints with a measure of their effectiveness, the security protection factor,
allowing us to identify those measures that are both low-carbon and effective in preventing burglary. Window locks are found to be the most effective and low-carbon
measure available individually. Combinations of window locks, door locks, external and indoor lightings are also shown to be effective and low-carbon. Burglar alarms and CCTV do not perform as strongly, with low security against burglary and higher carbon footprints. This information can be used to help inform more sustainable choices of burglary prevention within households as well as for crime prevention product design.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Security Journal
Creators: Skudder, H., Brunton-Smith, I., Tseloni, A., McInnes, A., Cole, J., Thompson, R. and Druckman, A.
Publisher: Springer/Palgrave Macmillan
Date: 24 February 2017
ISSN: 0955-1662
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1057/s41284-017-0091-4DOI
91Publisher Item Identifier
Rights: © The Author(s) 2017. This article is published with open access at Springerlink.com.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 07 Mar 2017 10:30
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2017 08:51
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/30308

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