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Is it safer behind the gates?: crime and gated communities in South Africa

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dc.date.accessioned 2019-10-30 en
dc.date.accessioned 2019-11-05T10:15:35Z
dc.date.available 2019-11-05T10:15:35Z
dc.date.issued 2019-11-05 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/14983
dc.description.abstract Gated communities have long been seen as a rational response to rising crime levels, yet very little is known about the extent to which residing in a gated community actually reduces an individuals' risk of criminal victimisation. In this study, we use location quotients to compare the extent of burglary in gated communities with burglary across the entire city of Tshwane, South Africa, as well as compare burglary in gated communities with burglary occurring within a series of buffer intervals immediately surrounding these communities. Finally, we identify what physical characteristics of gated communities differentiate between high and low burglary in these enclaves. Prior to expectations, we found that gated communities (and their immediate surrounding areas) are associated with increased levels of burglary. There are, however, a number of physical characteristics of gated communities which are associated with much lower burglary levels. The implications of our work from a crime prevention and development planning perspective are discussed. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher Springer en
dc.subject CRIME en
dc.subject SOUTH AFRICAN SOCIAL ATTITUDES SURVEY (SASAS) en
dc.subject GATED COMMUNITIES en
dc.title Is it safer behind the gates?: crime and gated communities in South Africa en
dc.type Journal articles - non-HSRC staff en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber TAAMAA en
dc.Volume 29 en
dc.BudgetYear 2014/15 en
dc.ResearchGroup Service Delivery, Democracy and Governance en
dc.SourceTitle Journal of Housing and the Built Environment en
dc.PlaceOfPublication New York en
dc.ArchiveNumber 11044 en
dc.URL http://ktree.hsrc.ac.za/doc_read_all.php?docid=21829 en
dc.PageNumber 123-139 en
dc.outputnumber 10144 en
dc.bibliographictitle Breetzke, G.D., Landman, K. & Cohn, E.G. (2014) Is it safer behind the gates?: crime and gated communities in South Africa. <i>Journal of Housing and the Built Environment</i>. 29:123-139. en
dc.publicationyear 2014 en
dc.contributor.author1 Breetzke, G.D. en
dc.contributor.author2 Landman, K. en
dc.contributor.author3 Cohn, E.G. en


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