Residential Burglary: Main Results of a Study in GermanyWollinger G*, Dreibigacker A and Baier D
Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony, Lutzerodestr. 9, Hannover, 30161, Germany
- *Corresponding Author:
- Wollinger G
Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony
Lutzerodestr 9, Hannover, 30161, Germany,
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: February 17, 2017; Accepted Date: May 24, 2017; Published Date: May 29, 2017
Citation: Wollinger G, Dreibigacker A, Baier D (2017) Residential Burglary: Main Results of a Study in Germany. Social Crimonol 5: 161. doi: 10.4172/2375-4435.1000161
Copyright: © 2017 Wollinger G, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Unlike most criminal offenses in Germany, the rate of residential burglary has significantly increased since 2006. This high number of burglary cases is contrary to a very low rate of suspects actually identified by the police. However, official statistics indicate that individual districts in Germany strongly differ regarding the frequency rate as well as the number of suspects. Hereby, the Criminology Research Institute of Lower Saxony conducted a comprehensive study on residential burglary regarding the characteristics of burglary offenses, the situation of victims, criminal investigations and legal proceedings, as well as the characteristics of offenders. Written surveys were completed with victims of burglary (N=1,329) and criminal files were analyzed (N=3,668). The present paper represents the main results of this research project.