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Situational Crime Prevention Theory

Situational crime prevention...

  • reduces the opportunities for criminals to commit crime
  • changes criminals' ideas about whether they can get away with a particular crime
  • makes it seem harder, riskier, and less rewarding to commit crime

WHAT IS SITUATIONAL CRIME PREVENTION?

WHAT IT IS
WHAT IT ISN'T
  • Making changes to buildings and streets to make them safer
  • Asking the police for help
  • Using common sense to stop criminals
  • Using neighbors to look out for crime
  • Working with people from different agencies
  • EVERYBODY'S job! It takes the help of everyone to make crime prevention work
  • Buying a weapon to protect you or your business from crime
  • Claiming to solve ALL of your business' problems
  • About moving the crime to another place
  • About spending lots of money

The main underlying theories of situational crime prevention are:
  1. ENVIRONMENTAL CRIMINOLOGY
  2. RATIONAL CHOICE
  3. ROUTINE ACTIVITIES

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