Crime Prevention: Facts, Fallacies and the Future

This book introduces the complex topic of crime control and prevention, drawing on a growing academic literature and field-based research. Much of the debate about how to prevent crime feeds off misinformation and moral panics. This lively and thought-provoking book aims to get to the core of the debates surrounding the prevention of crime. Taking an inter-disciplinary approach to this complex topic, it illustrates the key role to be played in the prevention of crime by a number of professions such as housing managers, planners, teachers, youth workers, social workers, health visitors and, equally importantly, by lay citizens. Accessibly written and introducing a wide range of theories and issues from both academic literature and field-based research, Crime Prevention provides a balanced and wide-ranging account for all concerned with crime and its prevention.

Book contents:

  1. Key Themes and Principles

  2. Fascination and Procrastination

  3. The Facts about Crime, Offenders and Victimisation

  4. Crime, Deviance and the Individual Offender

  5. Crime and the Environment

  6. Crime Control Models and Frameworks

  7. From Theory to Practice: Comparing, Implementing and Evaluating Policies

  8. The Politics and the Failures in Crime Control

  9. What Works

  10. Future Prospects