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Taildragger67
28th Sep 2006, 13:58
I'm sure Colmac or Jerri will enjoy this one from the Torygraph:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/09/27/nburglars27.xml

Serial burglars 'as skilled as surgeons'
By Stewart Payne

(Filed: 27/09/2006)

If burglars put their skills to lawful use they could be as talented as surgeons or pilots, says a study published yesterday.

Claire Nee and Amy Meenaghan, psychologists at the University of Portsmouth, have concluded that housebreakers use speed and efficiency that was potentially an "untapped resource for employers".

Their findings follow interviews with 50 serial burglars at Winchester Prison. They believe that had the felons focused on a lawful job they could have climbed to the top of the career ladder.

Their study, Expert Decision-Making in Burglars, published in the British Journal of Criminology, suggests thieves should be classed alongside professional men and women because they perform complicated tasks automatically and with a high degree of skill.

Dr Nee, the director of the university's International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology, said: "The majority of ordinary property offenders are of fairly good intelligence. It may be that they were disadvantaged educationally.

"It means the majority of offenders are quite capable of finding a way forward on to the straight and narrow if they are open to education."

Dr Nee said many of the thieves interviewed had qualities found in expert professionals.

She said: "Once you get expert at something you do it automatically, scanning the environment and making decisions automatically.

"Experts are extremely fast at carrying out the task. They can multi-task and engage in other activities while making decisions."

The research found burglars were better at identifying details that put homes at risk than police officers who advise on home security.

Dr Nee believes the research could be used to rehabilitate burglars, teaching them to recognise when they are slipping into their ''expert behaviour".

Saintsman
28th Sep 2006, 14:15
If burglars put their skills to lawful use they could be as talented as surgeons or pilots.

So its bull sh1t then......:E

tony draper
28th Sep 2006, 14:32
Send the feckers to China they would undoubtedly spend some time in the operating theater there.
:E

woolyalan
28th Sep 2006, 14:45
Send the feckers to China they would undoubtedly spend some time in the operating theater there.
:E
or bits of them will anyway!

Taildragger67
28th Sep 2006, 14:49
Aw, don't get all touchy-feely on us there, Drapes!!

gingernut
28th Sep 2006, 14:50
they could be as talented as surgeons


ooooh its sooooo tempting.......:}

Suppers Ready
28th Sep 2006, 16:05
Was Dr Nee once known as someone else?

2 sheds
28th Sep 2006, 16:13
[QUOTE=Claire Nee and Amy Meenaghan, psychologists at the University of Portsmouth... [/QUOTE]

Says it all, really.

Tolsti
28th Sep 2006, 16:15
and how much grant money did they get to make up that load of tosh???

haughtney1
28th Sep 2006, 16:25
If burglars put their skills to lawful use they could be as talented as surgeons or pilots

All they need is to wear a mask and steal a big watch...:E Then they really would be surgeons..and a pilot!