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NCJ Number: 211696 
Title: Partners Against Crime: The Role of the Corporate Sector in Tackling Crime (From Designing Out Crime From Products and Systems, P 85-140, 2005, Ronald V. Clarke and Graeme R. Newman, eds. -- See NCJ-211693)
Author(s): Jeremy Hardie; Bob Hobbs
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 56
Sponsoring Agency: Criminal Justice Press/Willow Tree Press
Sale Source: Criminal Justice Press/Willow Tree Press
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This chapter discusses the limits of a company's responsibility to prevent the criminal misuse of its products and services, where the company's responsibility ends and the government's begins, and government strategies for influencing companies to design and redesign their products and services in the interest of preventing crime associated with their use.
Abstract: Various factors influence companies to act voluntarily in their self-interest to design and redesign products and services that introduce crime risks and opportunities. These factors include reputation and self-esteem, media coverage, pressure from investors, and fear of regulation. A discussion of public policy and operational initiatives focuses on steps taken by the British Government to addresses vehicle and property crime through partnerships between the Government and manufacturers. Other product-crime issues addressed pertain to alcohol abuse and credit cards. For each of these issues, steps taken by the British Government and businesses in cooperation with one another are examined, and lessons learned from each strategy are drawn. The chapter notes that car crime has declined because of immobilizers, and credit card fraud decreased when interception in the mail was stopped. What companies do to reduce product vulnerability to crime has made a difference. Government intervention has depended on whether the crime is salient with the public, the press, and hence the politicians. What is missing is an ongoing strategy and structure for partnerships between government and business and industry that serve the public interest in providing products and services designed to reduce crime that may be linked to a product or service. Such an ongoing plan should build upon the features of past successes. This chapter concludes with recommendations for such partnerships and the roles to be played by business and the British Government. 36 notes and 66 references
Main Term(s): Cause removal crime prevention
Index Term(s): Alcohol-Related Offenses; Auto related offenses; Credit card fraud; Crime prevention education; Crime prevention planning; Foreign crime prevention; Motor Vehicle Theft; Physical crime prevention; Private sector-government cooperation
Note: Crime Prevention Studies, Volume 18.
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