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Breaking and Entering: Burglars on Burglary (Wadsworth Contemporary Issues in Crime and Justice) Paperback – November 6, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0534623852 ISBN-10: 0534623859 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Wadsworth Contemporary Issues in Crime and Justice
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 1 edition (November 6, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534623859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534623852
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Acknowledgements. Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Motives and Strategies of Residential Burglars. 3. The Burglary Event. 4. Drug and Group Effects on Burglary Decisions. 5. The Burglar and the Fence. 6. Desisting from Burglary. 7. Implications for Prevention and Public Policy. Appendix: Biographies of Selected Burglar Formants. References. Author Index. Subject Index.

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James N. Olson received a Ph.D. in Psychology from UCLA in 1974. As one of the "founding faculty" of The University of Texas-Permian Basin, he has significant experience in the personalized system of instruction (also called mastery learning), and the cognitive and behavioral principles of learning. He was awarded the "Amoco Award" for excellence in teaching (this award evolved into today's "Chancellor's Council Outstanding Teaching Award"), which is given annually to one faculty member at each of The University of Texas' academic campuses. In 1990 he received the President's Award for Excellence in Research. Dr. Olson is the author of three books and numerous journal articles. He is presently Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Schaps on February 16, 2006
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This book is the result of a fascinating study by Cromwell and Olson about what makes burglars tick. To conduct the study, the authors did not just look at statistics or talk to police. Instead, they interviewed actual active burglars in a medium sized Texas city. They asked the burglars how long they had been working, why they started, how they chose a target, what they stole, and how they stole it.

What they found was fascinating. The book gives information on who burglars are, what they steal, and how not to become a target.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Derrick R. Crews on July 11, 2007
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As a law enforcement officer that deals with preventing crime, I enjoyed reading the book. It offered good insight into the process of how criminals "see" a house and what factors go into selecting a home to break into.

This is one of many sources of information that would be helpful if you were speaking to a community watch group.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Yaya on May 31, 2008
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I have been a Crime Analyst for a year and a half now, and I am constantly searching for material to help me improve. I am so glad that I found "Breaking and Entering". After reading it, I find myself digging deeper when analyzing ALL crime. I am now slower...but the quality of my work is better. I carry this book with me to work everyday. I think this should be required reading for all Crime Analyst.
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By CJ on December 26, 2013
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Purchased this textbook for my college class. It was a 100x better than the one they sold on campus due to its format but thats not the best part, it was a little more than half the price of the book, my college was selling it for. Can't beat that, especially when your in college and cash is tight.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura Mieir on August 22, 2013
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This book was claimed to be new overstock but when I received it, it showed visible signs of wear and tear. It is not in really bad shape but would have liked honesty about the condition. If I had wanted a used one, I could have paid less. On a positive note, quick shipping.
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