The Handbook of Security

The fully revised second edition of the Handbook of Security provides the most comprehensive analysis of scholarly security debates and issues to date. Including contributions from some of the world's leading scholars, it explores a range of issues and debates that impact our understanding of how security is provided. Consisting of over forty chapters, the volume considers an array of topics such as workplace crime, terrorism, organized crime and counterfeiting, and applies discussions of crime and security to a variety of sectors including retail, finance, and tourism. The handbook includes a new section on approaches to researching security through ethnography, systematic reviews and meta-analysis. In later sections, it analyses security products and services such as guards, alarms and CCTV, as well as the management of security where chapters focus on crisis management, partnerships and regulation. The final section critiques security using various approaches including critical security studies, professionalization and ethics.

Book contents:

  1. The History of Private Security and Its Impact on the Modern Security Sector

  2. Environmental Studies and the Influence of Culture: Security Consulting Experiences in Korea, Japan and Malaysia

  3. What Have Criminologists Done for Us Lately?

  4. Politics, Economics and Security

  5. Engineering Principles in the Protection of Assets

  6. Design and Security

  7. From ‘Old’ to ‘New’ Terrorism: History, Current Trends and Future Prospects

  8. The Violent Vortex: Appraising Risk from Workers Who Kill On-the-Job

  9. The Extent, Nature and Responses to Workplace Violence Globally: Issues and Findings

  10. Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships

  11. Fighting Organized Crime and the Threats to Business

  12. Commercial Burglary

  13. Identity Theft

  14. Cybercrime and Establishing a Secure Cyberworld

  15. Counterfeiting: The Challenges for Governments, Companies and Consumers

  16. Understanding Loss in the Retail Sector

  17. Crime and Disorder, Security and the Tourism Industry

  18. Food Security

  19. Criminal Activity in the Financial Sector

  20. Influences of Investigations and Scholarly Studies on the Evolution of American Private Policing: Healthy Distrust, Watchful Eyes

  21. Securing the Knowledge

  22. A View from the Street: Active Offenders, the Life-course, Technology and Implications for Security

  23. The Ethnographic Approach and Security: The Case of Airports

  24. Crime Mapping as a Tool for Security and Crime Prevention

  25. Improving the Evidence Base in Security: Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis

  26. Developing, Improving and Evaluating Loss Prevention Initiatives Using Randomized Controlled Trials

  27. Signing Security

  28. Security Technology in the Protection of Assets

  29. Intrusion Detection Systems in the Protection of Assets

  30. CCTV: Reflections on Its Use, Abuse and Effectiveness

  31. The Security Officer

  32. Private Military and Security Companies: Armed, Global, Regulated and Professional?

  33. The Role of Partnerships in Security Management

  34. Security and Risk Management

  35. Disaster and Crisis Management

  36. Managing Intelligence and Responding to Emerging Threats: The Case of Biosecurity

  37. Regulation

  38. Critiques of Corporate Security: Cost, Camouflage and Creep

  39. Securitization, Infopolitics and the Suppression of Liberty

  40. Where Next for the Professionalization of Security?

  41. Trading in Security: Issues in the Commodification of Public Security

  42. Security Ethics: Principled Decision-Making in Hard Cases

  43. Exploring Some Contradictions of Modern-Day Security