Can burglary prevention be low-carbon and effective? Investigating the environmental performance of burglary prevention measures

By Robert Lyons on 27th March 2017

There has been limited study to date on the environmental impacts of crime prevention measures. This paper for Security Policy addresses this shortfall by estimating the carbon footprint associated with the most widely used burglary prevention measures: door locks, window locks, burglar alarms, lighting and CCTV cameras. Window locks are found to be the most effective and low-carbon measure available individually. Burglar alarms and CCTV do not perform as strongly, with low security against burglary and higher carbon footprints.