In the case of property crimes, the reasons are, in many cases, rational: if the first burglar finds the property accessible and profitable, he is likely to tell his friends about it. Houses are likely to re-burgled very quickly, before householders have had time to replace damaged doors or windows. After 4 months, when most insurance claims will have been settled, there is another sharp increase in the chances of being targeted again.
There are indications that similar trends can be found in assault crimes. This is not a case of blaming the victims. Research shows that many victims were abused as children, and therefore have been hampered in learning clear boundaries. They are therefore more likely to let strangers approach them than are people who were never assaulted as children. Serial victims, whatever their backgrounds, may, understandably, have an aura of fear and vulnerability which offenders can sense.
2. After their house was burgled 8 times, one family's house was so reinforced with security devices that burglars had to resort to stealing the satellite dish from the roof.