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Several leading criminologists have advised that as the recession bites, burglaries are likely to rise.

'The findings come after the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, warned last month that crime levels will increase amid the economic downturn.  A leaked draft of a letter to Downing Street from Smith suggested that there will be "significant upward pressure on acquisitive crime [theft, burglary, robbery] during a downturn".' (The Observer, 21 September 2008)

'Richard Garside, the director of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies at King's College London said "You don't need to have a degree in criminology or psychology to work out that in times of economic hardship some may resort to forms of behaviour they might not resort to if they were not feeling under pressure and that may include some forms of acquisitive crime".' (The Independent, 17 January 2009)

'Chief Constable Sara Thornton, commander of Thames Valley Police, said although violent crime would probably decrease, residents should expect more 'acquisitive' crime, such as burglaries and theft from cars.' (Wokingham Times, 3 December 2008)

 

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