PAUSED for thought? Using verbal protocol analysis to understand the situational and temporal cues in the decision-making of residential burglars

Taylor, E. (2017). PAUSED for thought? Using verbal protocol analysis to understand the situational and temporal cues in the decision-making of residential burglars. Security Journal, doi: 10.1057/s41284-017-0104-3

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Abstract

Using verbal protocol analysis (VPA) alongside semi-structured interviews, this research aimed to explicate the situational dynamics that inform the decision-making and target selection of residential burglars. Focusing on the VPA method, novel to criminological research, the paper considers the contribution of this empirical approach for studying the decision-making of offenders in situ. The findings reveal a series of cues, encapsulated in the ‘PAUSED’ model, that are drawn upon by residential burglars to assess the suitability of a target; determining whether it is profitable, accessible, uninterruptible, surveillable, escapable and/or dishonourable. The PAUSED model is unpacked to articulate a collection of visual stimuli that serve to disrupt and suspend the otherwise rapid flow of target appraisal. Discussion of the strengths and limitations of the VPA method, and how it can compliment other approaches to understanding the decision-making of residential burglars, is provided.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final publication is available at link.springer.com via http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/s41284-017-0104-3
Uncontrolled Keywords: residential burglary, decision-making, verbal protocol analysis, expertise, qualitative methods
Divisions: School of Social Sciences
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/18345

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