One way to understand what motivates and deters burglars is to ask them.
UNC Charlotte researcher Joseph Kuhns from the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology did just that. He led a research team that gathered survey responses from more than 400 convicted offenders that resulted in an unprecedented look into the minds of burglars, providing insight into intruders’ motivations and methods.
The study, “Understanding Decisions to Burglarize from the Offender’s Perspective,” was funded by the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation (AIREF), under the auspices of the Electronic Security Association (ESA), the largest trade association for the electronic life safety and security industry.
As the 2012-13 academic year comes to a close, the UNC Charlotte Model United Nations team ends the year as its most successful in the team’s history. The team earned 66 awards in the fall and spring, hosted training conferences for area high schools and colleges and attended six conferences.
“Our students have been diligent in their research and preparation and have shown strong leadership and an unbeatable team spirit,” said Cindy Combs, faculty advisor and professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration. “Their hard work helps build awareness about UNC Charlotte’s leadership in this area and earns respect around the world.”