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NCJ Number: 229220 Find in a Library
Title: Assessing the Extent of Crime Displacement and Diffusion of Benefits: A Review of Situational Crime Prevention Evaluations
Journal: Criminology  Volume:47  Issue:4  Dated:November 2009  Pages:1331-1368
Author(s): Rob T. Guerette; Kate J. Bowers
Date Published: November 2009
Page Count: 38
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study investigates the issue of crime displacement through a systematic review of more than 100 evaluations of situationally focused crime prevention projects in an effort to determine the extent to which displacement was observed.
Abstract: The findings from the study provide continued support for the view that crime does not simply relocate in the aftermath of situational interventions. Instead, crime displacement seems to be the exception rather than the rule, and it is sometimes more likely that diffusion of crime-control benefit will occur. The findings also implicate that when displacement does occur, on average, it tends to be less than the gains achieved by the situational intervention. The question is in the aftermath of situational crime-prevention (SCP) efforts, does crime really just go someplace else? The prevailing sentiment, despite emerging evidence to the contrary, is that crime displacement is inevitable. This study assessed the extent to which displacement and diffusion of benefits were observed among 102 evaluations of SCP initiatives. Tables, figures, references, and appendixes A-C
Main Term(s): Crime displacement
Index Term(s): Crime Control Programs; Crime patterns; Crime prevention measures; Crime prevention planning; Criminology; Situational crime prevention
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