Household and Neighbourhood Responses to House Burglary in Ibadan

  • Ayobami Abayomi Popoola Department of Town and Regional Planning, University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Moruf Alabi Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Ibadan
  • Adeshina Ojo Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Ibadan
  • Bamiji Adeleye Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Federal University of Technology, Nigeria

Abstract

House burglary is a prevailing issue in Nigeria owing to the inefficiency of formal security institutions in dealing with incidences of urban household burglary. This study examines households and neighbourhoods’ responses to household burglary in Ibadan, Nigeria. In-depth interviews and household questionnaires were the primary data collection tools. A cross-sectional survey design was adopted while a multi-stage sampling technique was used to select 299 respondents. Analysis of Variance confirmed the research hypothesis which suggested that burglary crimes committed differ significantly among residential neighbourhoods (F=3.012). Burglary occurred mostly in houses that were accessed through footpaths. Furthermore, females reported witnessing burglaries more than males. Neighbourhood responses to burglary include the use of gates, private security outfits and local vigilante groups. Individual households relied on burglary proof windows and door; broken bottles and wire fencing for protection. The intensity of crime in suburban areas impacts residential relocation and property values. Neighbourhood planning and good housing design remain other means through which easy accessibility by burglars can be prevented.

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Author Biographies

Ayobami Abayomi Popoola, Department of Town and Regional Planning, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Tpl Popoola, Ayobami Abayomi, a PhD student of the Department of Town and Regional Planning, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. He holds a B.sc. degree certificate in Geography (2011) and a M.sc. certificate in Urban and Regional Planning (2015), both from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He has extensively knowledge in areas of quality management, risk management, project management, health and safety management - a certified QHSE (Quality, Health, Safety and Environment) Officer from the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM), United Kingdom (October, 2012), and a certified project manager (CPM) from International Project Management Professionals (IPMP), Nigeria (August, 2012). His research focus encompasses infrastructure planning, land-use planning, environmental and sustainable planning and management, human livelihood and wellbeing.

Moruf Alabi, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Ibadan

Dr Moruf, Alabi, is a lecturer in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Ibadan. His area of interest includes Housing studies and Urban Planning.

Adeshina Ojo, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Ibadan

Adeshina Ojo, holds a Btech in Urban and Regional Planning from Ladoke Akintola University and  M.Sc. (Urban and Regional Planning, University of Ibadan, 2015).

Published
2018-12-10
How to Cite
POPOOLA, Ayobami Abayomi et al. Household and Neighbourhood Responses to House Burglary in Ibadan. Journal of African Real Estate Research, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 2, p. 150-178, dec. 2018. ISSN 2304-8395. Available at: <https://journals.uct.ac.za/index.php/JARER/article/view/575>. Date accessed: 24 mar. 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.15641/jarer.v3i2.575.
Section
Research Articles