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NCJ Number: 155899 Find in a Library
Title: Concept of Crime Prevention
Author(s): G B Sunderland
Corporate Author: American Assoc of Retired Persons
Criminal Justice Services Program Department
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: American Assoc of Retired Persons
Washington, DC 20049
Sale Source: American Assoc of Retired Persons
Criminal Justice Services Program Department
601 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20049
United States of America
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper outlines the basic concept of crime prevention and presents arguments to support its practice; it is designed to assist crime prevention practitioners and older volunteers in program implementation.
Abstract: Principles of crime prevention can be illustrated with a triangle whose three sides are labeled "desire," "target," and "opportunity." The elimination of any one side will prevent a crime from being committed. Crime-prevention actions that are the most effective reduce or remove the "opportunity" for a criminal to commit a crime. A crime-prevention practitioner or older volunteer should be knowledgeable about the technical aspects of crime prevention activities, but success in eliciting crime- prevention actions from others lies in being an effective salesman, educator, and resource manager. The role of the crime- prevention practitioner is to change attitudes, persuade individuals and communities to accept their responsibilities, and initiate community action programs. To achieve these objectives, the practitioner must develop and implement awareness programs, educate the public about crime prevention, inform people about the limitations of the criminal justice system, and motivate people to take individual and collective action. This paper provides examples of effective crime prevention programs in the areas of check theft, bank robbery, robbery of bus drivers, criminal fraud, and residential burglary.
Main Term(s): Crime prevention training
Index Term(s): Crime prevention education; Crime prevention measures; Program planning
Note: A Criminal Justice Services Program Coordination and Development Department Monograph."
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