Police Foundation (UK): Safe as Houses?
"New research from the Police Foundation suggests that conditions in the
private rented sector (PRS) are exposing tenants to an increased risk of
crime. In Luton, where the PRS doubled between the last two Censuses,
neighbourhoods with greater concentrations of private renting were found
to have higher burglary rates, (and this remained the case when factors
such as unemployment and deprivation were taken into account). Taken
with other findings, this indicated that inadequate household security
in the local rental sector (where high demand and low regulation provide
little incentive for landlords to make improvements) was an important
(and potentially fixable) driver of burglary. Additionally,
high-burglary neighbourhoods tended to be places of ethnic diversity,
transience and rapid population growth; suggesting that disparate,
churning tenant population (and others who live alongside them) may be unable to develop the community resilience to resist criminal predation."
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