Does regulation of built-in security reduce crime? Evidence from a natural experiment

J.C. van Ours, B.A. Vollaard

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Abstract

We provide evidence that large-scale government intervention in the use of self-protective measures lowers crime. Since 1999, all new-built homes in the Netherlands have to have burglary-proof windows and doors. We find the regulatory change to have reduced burglary in new-built homes from 1.1 to 0.8% annually, a reduction of 26%. Even though the regulation of built-in security does not target preventative measures at homes that are most at risk, the social benefits of the regulation are likely to exceed the social costs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)485-504
JournalEconomic Journal
Volume121
Issue number552
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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