Most offenders see offending as spontaneous events which happen without reason. However, while acquisitive crime, like most offending, has elements of impulsiveness, it is rarely an isolated act. This chapter brings together research and theory into property crime, particularly burglary and theft, and explores how practitioners can engage with lower risk/higher volume offenders who form a significant percentage of the offender population. First, it considers property crime and risk and then explores a number of theories about property offending, such as routine activities and rational choice, in order to build an understanding about why it happens in the way that it does. The chapter moves on to look particularly at burglary and theft and, briefly, at car crime, before looking at recent developments in tackling acquisitive crime through crime prevention, group work and more targeted approaches. Finally, it translates how this understanding about acquisitive crime informs face-to-face work with offenders.
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