A Comparison Study of Rural and Urban Residential Burglaries




Montague, William Donald

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Residential burglaries have long been a problem for rural and urban law enforcement. They are the largest property crime issue facing local law enforcement today. The majority of law enforcement agencies in the United States are small with limited resources. The problem is greater in rural areas due to sparse population, residences’ visibility from roadway, and distance between residences. It is imperative that these agencies make use of crime analysis to identify the time of day and day of the week that residential burglaries occur and apply their limited resources toward proactive operations. The purpose of this study is to identify the day of the week and time of day that residential burglaries occur in the agencies studied. This study can be generalized throughout all law enforcement agencies for better use of existing resources in their fight against crime.



Burglary, Burglary protection, Offenses against property, Dwellings, Crime prevention, Hays County, Texas, Security measures


Montague, W. D. (2007). <i>A comparison study of rural and urban residential burglaries</i> (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, Texas.


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