Research on residential burglary: ways of improving validity and participants’ recall when gathering data
This chapter reviews the grounded approach to undertaking offender-based research which has been utilised effectively in research on residential burglary. It looks at the worth of triangulating methods as a way of increasing the validity and hopefully the outcome of that research. It discusses the relative value of reports gleaned from both active (non-apprehended) and imprisoned offenders. It reviews developments in our understanding of autobiographical memory and how this can help us in our quest for more reliable data from offenders. It ends with some innovative ideas about how we can take offender-based research forward.