Regulation to prevent crime

Authored by: John E. Eck

Handbook of Crime Prevention and Community Safety

Print publication date:  July  2017
Online publication date:  March  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138851054
eBook ISBN: 9781315724393
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315724393.ch14

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Abstract

The practice of regulating the people and organizations that persistently provide opportunities for crime is not new. Kraakman (1986: 53) has called these entities gatekeepers: “private parties who are able to disrupt misconduct by with-holding their cooperation from wrongdoers.” However, among empirical researchers examining crime control efforts, gatekeeper regulation has remained largely in the shadows of offender control efforts. Recently, some crime prevention experts have proposed pushing the regulatory approach out of the shadows and to the front of crime prevention.

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