Technologies of crime control

International developments and contexts

Authored by: Ronnie Lippens , Patrick Van Calster

The Routledge Handbook of International Crime and Justice Studies

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

Print ISBN: 9780415781787
eBook ISBN: 9780203837146
Adobe ISBN: 9781136868504


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Crime, one could say, is of all times. Human beings make rules. But it is equally part of the human condition that those rules are broken. Throughout history, attempts have been made, and continue to be made, either to prevent or to punish rule-breaking. Traditionally this is done by introducing more stringent legislation, by increasing the number of law enforcement officers, by securing or protecting goods, by intervening in crime careers, by encouraging people to mind their own safety, and so on. However, recent developments in technology during the second half of the twentieth century have had a very significant impact in all spheres of life, including crime and crime control. In this contribution we shall explore the impact of technological development on crime control, and security practices more broadly. For the purpose of this contribution we shall focus on newer technologies only (i.e. those that emerged in the second half of the last century).

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