Organised crime

Authored by: Edward Kleemans , Melvin Soudijn

Handbook of Crime Prevention and Community Safety

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

Print ISBN: 9781138851054
eBook ISBN: 9781315724393
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Situational crime prevention is first and foremost a set of techniques intended to be implemented in practice. The basic theory driving these techniques is simple and appealing. The routine activities approach (Cohen and Felson 1979) states there is a likely offender, a suitable target and the absence of capable guardianship. These three aspects make up a crime triangle. Understanding how the crime triangle is constructed regarding a specific type of crime at a specific time and place, leads to measures and solutions that could prevent that particular crime. The key factor is to be crime specific, because not all crimes are the same and the logistics of specific activities relate both to opportunities for offenders and opportunities for crime prevention.

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