Individual Protection Against Property Crime: Decomposing the Effects of Protection Observability

32 Pages Posted: 29 Dec 2005

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Louis Hotte

University of Ottawa

Tanguy Van Ypersele

National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) - Research Group in Quantitative Saving (GREQAM); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: October 2005

Abstract

We revisit the question of the efficiency of individual decisions to be protected against crime for the cases of both observable and unobservable protection. We obtain that observable protection is unambiguously associated with a negative externality and that at the individual level, it has a deterrence effect but no payoff reduction effect. Unobservable protection has a global deterrence effect and is associated with a private payoff reduction effect but no private deterrence effect. A decrease in the global crime payoff is detrimental to a victim if protection is observable, while it is beneficial with unobservable protection. While protection has a positive diversion effect when observable, it has the equivalent of a negative diversion effect when unobservable.

Keywords: Crime, private protection, efficiency

JEL Classification: D62, D82, K42

Suggested Citation

Hotte, Louis and Van Ypersele, Tanguy, Individual Protection Against Property Crime: Decomposing the Effects of Protection Observability (October 2005). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 5293. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=872757

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