The Effects of Property CrimePresentation Transcript
What is defined as property crime?
Property crime only involves the taking of money or property, and does not involve force or threat of force against a victim
Although robbery involves taking property it is classified as a violent crime, as force or threat of force on an individual that is present is involved.
Burglary is of an unoccupied building.
Effects on Victims
Having their privacy violated
Being scared to stay in their burglarized homes
Being scared to return to work where the crime occurred
Waiting to have their property returned (could have sentimental value)
Cleaning up after their homes or businesses have been vandalized
There can be, physical, emotional, financial impacts on victims
Cost of replacing personal items
Cost of repairing the broken doors/windows
Filling out insurance paperwork
Security systems to be put in place
Males aged 16 to 24 had the highest risk of being a victim of property crime (28%)
The risk of being a victim of property crime increased for adults living in the 15% most deprived areas (23%) compared with those living in the rest of Scotland (17%)
6% of adults (or 36% of victims of property crime) were repeat victims of property crime
Examination of the characteristics of property crime showed that the main place, by far, where property crime took place was immediately outside the home; 65% happened there.
The offender(s) was a neighbour in 33% of property crime where the victim knew the offender(s) well, in 15% young people from the local area and in 22%, a friend.
In over half of property crime (57%) victims said the offender(s) should have been prosecuted in court. Of victims who thought this, the largest proportion said the offender(s) should have been given a sentence other than a prison sentence.
SCJS 2008/09 Crimes where respondent knew the offender(s) well (base: property crime 165; violent crime 206 )