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NCJ Number: 229601 
Title: Bioterrorism: A Situational Crime Prevention Approach (From Reducing Terrorism Through Situational Crime Prevention, P 93-109, 2009, Joshua D. Freilich and Graeme R. Newman, eds., see NCJ-229596)
Author(s): William R. Clark
Date Published: 2009
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Criminal Justice Press/Willow Tree Press
Sale Source: Criminal Justice Press/Willow Tree Press
United States of America
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter examines how the principles of situational crime prevention can be used to analyze the targets of bioterrorism as well as the bioterrorists.
Abstract: By the end of 2009, the United States will have spent over $60 billion preparing to defend Americans against a bioterrorist attack and its consequences, in spite of the fact that there has never been a single verified instance of the loss of human life to bioterrorism. Many, both within and outside of government, have proposed that we must reassess our approach to defending against a bioterrorism threat. In this chapter, the author proposes that the principles of situational crime prevention could be extended to include a detailed analysis of not just the potential targets of bioterrorism, but also of the bioterrorists themselves: their capabilities and, especially, their weapons. This may lead to a much more realistic estimate of the magnitude of the bioterrorist threat, and a more effective distribution of resources in the overall war on terrorism. Figure, tables, notes, and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Situational crime prevention
Index Term(s): Biological weapons; Counter-terrorism intelligence; Crime prevention measures; International terrorism; Socioeconomic impact of terrorism; Supporters of terrorism; Terrorism causes; Terrorism/Mass Violence; Terrorist weapons; Victims of terrorism
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