Through the study of psychology, specifically free will, determinism and social identity, we may find that situational crime prevention is a better means to deter crime in our nation....
There are several general overviews of situational crime prevention (SCP) by Ron Clarke that have been published over three decades. To understand the development in this area, and are essential works. provides an updated, concise, and easy-to-understand perspective on the SCP approach, with examples of the key concepts, including a discussion of adaptation, which is not considered another form of displacement. and have easily accessible summaries of SCP that appear as part of general overviews or presentations of crime prevention, the former focusing on the United States and the latter focusing on the United Kingdom. and summarize the SCP perspective while also presenting examples of its relevance, allowing the modern reader to gain historical insights into its development and the state of crime prevention in the United Kingdom and Canada at the times they were written. , a seminal work applying the disease-prevention approach of public health to crime prevention, and , an explanation of crime science, provide differing frameworks for viewing SCP within the broader context of crime prevention.
This widely disseminated article presents discussions of the term “situational crime prevention” and sets out the arguments in support of that approach that are still relevant to SCP today.
Of course, discussion and research did not end in 1994, so what has been found since then? Much the same. Indeed, subsequent research findings are remarkably consistent with Hesseling. A Kansas City initiative to deal with gun related violence in identified hot spots increased gun seizures by 65% and reduced gun related crime by 49%. A study by Sherman, Shaw and Rogan (1995) found no measurable displacement of gun crime to patrol beats surrounding the target area. Also in 1995, an evaluation of a car crime initiative (Hesseling and Aron) in the centre of Rotterdam, Holland, found no displacement of car crime to other areas, but did find evidence of a switch to other types of theft in the city centre. Green (1995) found that a multi-agency approach to dealing with drug and disorder problems in Oakland, California, produced a The repeat victimisation project in Huddersfield (Chenery, Holt and Pease 1997) looked for evidence of burglary displacement. Finding none, they commented, Credit card fraud was the subject of a study in Canada (Mativat and Tremblay 1997), which found that increased security measures did not result in displacement to other crimes. Felson and Clarke (1998) quote a similar experience: On the other hand, a case study in the financial centre of Copenhagen, Denmark (Carstensen and Frederiksen 1997), into the effects of camera surveillance, and other measures, on robbery concluded that whilst robbery had reduced for those able to afford the prevention measures, it had increased for those who could not. A review of the effect of situational crime prevention measures in Sweden by Knutsson (1998) produced very positive results across a range of offences (burglary, oddly, was an exception). Where displacement was studied, the results were assessed as benign.
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Developmental crime prevention initiatives are becoming increasingly popular in Australia (Weatherburn 2004). There has been considerable investment in early intervention programs in Australia, many of which do not have explicit crime prevention objectives (Homel et al. 1999; Weatherburn 2004). Developmental crime prevention is based on the premise that intervening early in a young person’s development can produce significant long-term social and economic benefits. While there is evidence of the importance of intervening early in life, the focus of developmental crime prevention is on intervening early at any of a number of critical transition points in a person’s development to lead them on a pathway to prevent future offending. Transition points occur around birth, the preschool years, transition from primary to high school and from high school to further education or the workforce (Homel et al. 1999).
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This relative simple classification scheme provides a useful framework for describing the range and variety of situational techniques on offer to those working in crime prevention (Cornish & Clarke 2003).
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Situational crime prevention interventions include activities such as improved security through strengthening locks and improving surveillance. Cornish and Clarke (2003) have classified 25 situational crime prevention techniques into five broad categories that are based on the mechanisms underlying the different methods: