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NCJ Number: 157421 Find in a Library
Title: Environmental Criminology and Crime Prevention (From Integrating Crime Prevention Strategies: Propensity and Opportunity, P 207-239, 1995, Per-Olof H Wikstrom, Ronald V Clarke, et al., eds. -- See NCJ-157412)
Author(s): P L Brantingham; P J Brantingham
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 33
Sponsoring Agency: National Council for Crime Prevention
S-113 21 Stockholm, Sweden
Sale Source: National Council for Crime Prevention
P.O. Box 1386
S-113 21 Stockholm,
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Language: English
Country: Sweden
Annotation: Crime prevention planning based in Environmental Criminology focuses on the manipulation of space-time factors to reduce the opportunities and motivation for crimes.
Abstract: Environmental Criminology views discrete criminal events as enfolded, like the layers of an onion, in expanding layers of spatial, temporal, perceptual, and social context. The dimensions of crime are vectors of analysis to be followed across the layers, either inward from the widest possible context layer toward the discrete crime, or outward from the discrete crime to ever broader contexts. Any particular layer forms a field of intersecting dimensions in which the crime pattern can be analyzed. Each field forms a "landscape" that changes across a "time scape." Analysis for crime prevention is a process that focuses on the intersection of motivation and opportunity. Opportunity influences motivation and motivation influences the perception of opportunities. Crime prevention that uses Environmental Criminology attempts to separate potential offenders from suitable targets or good opportunities by changing the attraction of activity nodes, the travel paths of potential offenders and potential victims, and the character of neighborhood edges. When nodes, paths, and edges cannot be influenced at high levels of spatial and temporal aggregation, then Environmental Criminology, in conjunction with situational crime prevention, looks for ways to reduce the offender's perception of "good" targets. This is often accomplished by techniques that increase the amount of work required and the quantum of risk assumed in doing a particular crime at a particular place and time. 2 figures and 106 references
Main Term(s): Situational crime prevention
Index Term(s): Cause removal crime prevention; Crime prevention planning; Criminology
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