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Burglars On The Job
Streetlife and Residential Break-ins
Richard T. Wright, Scott H. Decker; Gilbert Geis, fwd.




Northeastern University Press
1994 • 248 pp. 6 x 9"
Criminal Justice

$27.95 Paperback, 978-1-55553-271-0
$24.99 Ebook, 978-1-55553-785-2

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"Richard Wright and Scott Decker . . . have made a milestone contribution to the understanding of residential burglary. . . If the enterprising spirit of this study were to be taken as a model for studying other forms of street crime, we would enjoy a major leap forward in criminological knowledge." —Contemporary Sociology

A look inside the minds of more than 100 active burglars.

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 discussion of the theoretical implications of their research.

Awards/Recognition:

1995 SSSP Crime and Delinquency Outstanding Scholarship Award






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