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Poor 'more likely to be burgled'
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Poorer people are also "more likely" to be depressed after burglary
Poorer households are twice as likely to be burgled and suffer more from the experience, a new report suggests.

The Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) says the police should try more to stop poorer households from being repeatedly burgled.

The poorest are also unlikely to have insurance, the IPPR says - and less able to get time off work.

Those who lived in social housing were also more likely to report depression if they had been burgled.

The IPPR's report recommends that police resources should be more heavily targeted on the most disadvantaged communities, and on reducing victimisation through repeated offences, rather than on reducing the total volume of crime.




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