Crime prevention and public safety in Europe

Challenges for comparative criminology

Authored by: Adam Edwards , Gordon Hughes , Nicholas Lord

The Routledge Handbook of European Criminology

Print publication date:  July  2013
Online publication date:  August  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415685849
eBook ISBN: 9780203083505
Adobe ISBN: 9781136185496


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Crime prevention: Any action or technique by private individuals or public agencies aimed at the reduction of damage caused by acts defined as criminal by the state. Given that crimes are events proscribed only by legal statute, it is not surprising that there is a great plethora of activities and initiatives associated with the term ‘crime prevention’.

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