"The Virtual Burglary Project"
VU - Department of Experimental and Applied Psychology
Iris van Sintemaartensdijk
Dr. Jan-Willem van Prooijen
Mr. dr. Jean-Louis van Gelder
Prof. Dr. Paul A.M. van Lange
1 August 2016 - 31 July 2020
Ministry of Security and Justice, and the police
Guardianship is the physical or symbolic presence of an individual (or group of individuals) that act (either intentionally or unintentionally) to deter a potential criminal event (Hollis-Peel, Reynald, Bavel, Elffers & Welsh, 2011). An increasing body of research is showing the importance of guardianship in crime prevention and reduction (Reynald, 2010). The influence of guardianship on burglar decision-making however has never been assessed experimentally. A better understanding of the effect of guardianship and encouraging guardianship in individuals can be an important factor in crime reduction.