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Crime Prevention and Community Safety
Journal Prestige (SJR): 0.268
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ISSN (Print) 1460-3780 - ISSN (Online) 1743-4629
Published by Springer-Verlag Homepage  [2350 journals]
  • Erratum to: Vulnerability, risk and agroterrorism: an examination of
           international strategy and its relevance for the Republic of Korea
    • Authors: Stephen Green; Tom Ellis; Jeyong Jung; Julak Lee
      Pages: 137 - 137
      PubDate: 2018-05-01
      DOI: 10.1057/s41300-017-0022-7
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 2 (2018)
  • Edgeways as a theoretical extension: connecting crime pattern theory and
           New Urbanism
    • Authors: Ethan M. Higgins; Kristin Swartz
      Pages: 1 - 15
      Abstract: Abstract Recently, scholars have examined the criminological implications of the growing trend of new urban design. Building on recent research (Cozens in Urban Policy Res 26(4):429–444, 2008) and past theoretical works (Brantingham and Brantingham in J Environ Psychol 13(1):3–28, 1993; Eur J Crim Policy Res 3(3):5–26, 1995), the current project suggests crime pattern theory requires new conceptual terms to understand and investigate the implications of crime clustering in new urban areas. It is argued in the current project that “edgeways”—or edges that become simultaneous paths—are prevalent in new urban space due to an array of combining features such as crowd generation, alleyways and parking difficulties, incomplete implementation of new urban principles, and the density paradox. The current paper entails a theoretical discussion of the problem and potential policy implications.
      PubDate: 2018-02-01
      DOI: 10.1057/s41300-017-0021-8
      Issue No: Vol. 20, No. 1 (2018)
  • The impact of crime rate, experience of crime, and fear of crime on
           residents’ participation in association: studying 25 districts in the
           City of Seoul, South Korea
    • Authors: Juheon Lee; Sarah Cho
      Abstract: Abstract While the majority of studies on community crime have focused on socio-economic characteristics that lead to high or low rates of crime, the impact of crime on community residents’ social ties has received less attention. This study examines the impact of district-level crime rate, experience of crime, and fear of crime on individual community residents’ participation in association—which has been widely seen as an indicator of social capital—in the city of Seoul, South Korea. Moreover, as recent social capital studies look deeper into the different types of neighborhood crime connected to different types of associations, this study separately examines the impact of total crime, violent crime, and property crime on the respondents’ social, civic engagement, reward-based, and online associations. We find that district-level crime rates negatively correlated with all types of associations, but the difference between violent crime and property crime was minimal. Additionally, individual-level experience of crime significantly decreased residents’ participation in social and online associations. However, fear of crime did not show a significant effect on any type of association.
      PubDate: 2018-06-21
      DOI: 10.1057/s41300-018-0047-6
  • Correction to: Sexual harassment of students on public transport: an
           exploratory study in Lucknow, India
    • Authors: Kartikeya Tripathi; Hervé Borrion; Jyoti Belur
      Abstract: The article Sexual harassment of students on public transport: an exploratory study in Lucknow, India written by K. Tripathi, H. Borrion and J. Belur was originally published electronically on the publisher’s internet portal (currently SpringerLink) on 7 September 2017 without open access.
      PubDate: 2018-06-19
      DOI: 10.1057/s41300-018-0048-5
  • Police Scotland: challenging the current democratic deficit in police
           governance and public accountability
    • Authors: Barry Loveday
      Abstract: Abstract This article considers the recent creation of Police Scotland and the substitution of local police forces for a national police service ‘Police Scotland’ in 2013. It assesses the drivers for change and the arguments presented by both politicians and police professionals in favour of the eradication of all 8 local Scottish forces and the creation of a single police force. It contrasts developments in Scotland with those in England and Wales where there has been a recommitment to local delivery of police services in which local police boundaries have been retained with the introduction of Police and Crime Commissioners. It considers the police boundaries and coterminosity with local authorities and highlights the absence of shared boundaries within Police Scotland. It reflects on the removal of local accountability in Scotland with the abolition of Police Boards and the creation of a national and unelected Scottish Police Authority. It highlights the significance of police planning led by senior officers from Strathclyde Police and the impact of this on Police Scotland. It raises legitimate questions as to the overall efficacy of a national force made answerable to a nationally appointed body, the Scottish Police Authority. Finally, it makes a number of recommendations which might go towards someway to re-establishing a degree of local accountability to communities and local governments in Scotland which is now so clearly absent.
      PubDate: 2018-05-29
      DOI: 10.1057/s41300-018-0044-9
  • A script analysis of the role of athletes’ support networks as social
           facilitators in doping in sport
    • Authors: Zarina I. Vakhitova; Peter J. Bell
      Abstract: Abstract The objective of this study was to examine the role of athletes’ support networks in doping in sport from a crime prevention perspective. To achieve this objective, the researchers conducted an in-depth script analysis of documents related to investigations in 2012 by the United States Anti-Doping Agency and in 2015 by the Cycling Independent Reform Commission of the doping programme carried out by the US Postal Service cycling team between 1996 and 2012. The results suggest that athletes’ support networks—such as team doctors, sports scientists, team directors and family members—play a critical role as social facilitators in doping in sport by encouraging, supporting and protecting both the doping programmes and the athletes who participate in them. This paper argues that a greater proportion of prevention measures must focus beyond the athlete themselves and on the activities of individuals within an athlete’s support network. The paper proposes several situational prevention strategies specifically targeting the activities of social facilitators.
      PubDate: 2018-05-29
      DOI: 10.1057/s41300-018-0045-8
  • Transatlantic ‘Positive Youth Justice’: a distinctive new model for
           responding to offending by children'
    • Authors: Stephen Case; Kevin Haines
      Abstract: Abstract A model of ‘positive youth justice’ has been developed on both sides of the Atlantic to challenge the hegemonic punitivity and neo-correctionalism of contemporary actuarial risk-based approaches and the conceptually-restricted rights-based movement of child-friendly justice. This paper examines the origins, main features, guiding principles and underpinning evidence bases of the different versions of positive youth justice developed in England/Wales (Children First, Offenders Second) and the USA (Positive Youth Justice Model) and their respective critiques of negative and child-friendly forms of youth justice. Comparing and contrasting these two versions enables an evaluation of the extent to which positive youth justice presents as a coherent and coordinated transatlantic ‘movement’, as opposed to disparate critiques of traditional youth justice with limited similarities.
      PubDate: 2018-05-29
      DOI: 10.1057/s41300-018-0046-7
  • Lost in implementation: NSW police force crime prevention officer
           perspectives on crime prevention through environmental design
    • Abstract: Abstract Crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) is practiced by various professions and agencies in many jurisdictions. The role police play in CPTED has received limited scrutiny from academics within Australia (and other countries). This article makes an important contribution to addressing this gap in the literature through providing New South Wales Police Force Crime Prevention Officers (CPOs) perspectives on their role in reviewing council development applications from a CPTED perspective. Findings show police-council relations vary considerably. Some police-council areas have clear policies in place to enable police to contribute to reviewing crime risks of development applications, whilst others do not. Many police feel their engagement in the planning and development process is often tokenistic, receiving limited feedback from councils about their recommendations. For these police, they see little ongoing relevance of reviewing development applications. If police are to remain involved, there is a need to develop clearer parameters of how police will contribute and what they can realistically be expected to contribute to this process.
      PubDate: 2018-05-24
      DOI: 10.1057/s41300-018-0043-x
  • “Staying out that public housing”: examining the role of security
           measures in public housing design
    • Authors: Tarah Hodgkinson; Martin A. Andresen; Gregory Saville
      Abstract: Abstract Much research exists to demonstrate that strategies related to situational crime prevention are important for reducing opportunities for crime. Despite evidence for these strategies, many municipalities and developers do not implement them consistently or appropriately. The current study explores the impact of disregarding such research in a housing development in the southern USA. The failure of proper security measures may lead to higher levels of property and violent crime. Alternatively, surrounding developments, with better site management and access control, may experience fewer police calls for service. The results have implications for crime prevention practitioners, property managers, and liability concerns.
      PubDate: 2018-02-22
      DOI: 10.1057/s41300-018-0040-0
  • Visual representations in crime prevention: exploring the use of building
           information modelling (BIM) to investigate burglary and crime prevention
           through environmental design (CPTED)
    • Authors: Paul Cozens; Sam McLeod; Jane Matthews
      Abstract: Abstract Criminological research has long utilized visual representations of environments in seeking to explore perceptions of crime and personal safety and to investigate the relevance of specific design and security features. Much of this research has been in the field of environmental psychology and crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED). This paper traces the development of visual representations and the use of environmental stimuli in criminological research. We briefly review the contributions made by various visual media, including maps and drawings, photographs, models, video, virtual reality and gaming engines. These developments in visualization, building design and management technology have drastically improved the realism of representations of environments, and the potential for more standardized, widespread exploration and application of CPTED principles to reduce crime. To scope and evaluate the future potential of such emergent technologies, we critically review the literature concerned with virtual reality and building information technology (BIM), outlining uses in practice and new opportunities for criminological research. We frame the discussion with specific focus on analysing proposed residential dwellings to reduce vulnerability to burglary. A layered exploration for how BIM technologies may assist in implementing increasingly sophisticated assessments of crime vulnerability for proposed residential building designs brings the paper to a close. These discussions provide both a comprehensive overview for interested practitioners and chart specific opportunities for further research.
      PubDate: 2018-02-20
      DOI: 10.1057/s41300-018-0039-6
  • Community safety partnerships: the limits and possibilities of ‘policing
           with the community’
    • Authors: Diarmaid Harkin
      Abstract: Abstract Partnerships between the police and the wider community to tackle safety issues are a cornerstone of contemporary thinking about policing. Using data from two studies into community safety partnerships in Northern Ireland and Scotland, this article argues that the level of policing ‘with’ the community varies greatly depending on the particular safety issue that is being addressed. Using Osborne and Gaebler’s (Reinventing government: how the entrepreneurial spirit is transforming the public sector, Plume, New York, 1991) metaphor, I argue that there is a spectrum of issues that moves from inevitably high levels of unilateral police action where the police retain firm control over ‘steering’ and ‘rowing’ functions, towards issues that enjoy higher levels of police–community collaboration where ‘steering’ and ‘rowing’ can be shared more democratically. Outlining such a spectrum can help clarify the suitable expectations of what community safety partnerships can practically achieve.
      PubDate: 2018-02-16
      DOI: 10.1057/s41300-018-0042-y
  • Foot patrols and crime prevention in Harare Central Business District:
           police officers’ perspectives
    • Authors: Ishmael Mugari; Nomore Thabana
      Abstract: Abstract Despite the advent of modern crime control methods, chiefly brought about by technological advancement, foot patrol has remained as one of the crucial crime prevention methods in both the developed and developing world. This study was aimed at describing the implementation of foot beat patrols in Harare Central Business District (CBD), Zimbabwe. The study also attempted to gauge perceptions from police officers on the effectiveness of foot beat patrols as a crime control strategy. The study revealed that hot spot patrols and high visibility are the most widely used patrol initiatives in Harare CBD. Foot patrols were widely viewed to be effective in reducing specific crimes/problems such as assault, loitering, touts, plain robbery and pick pocketing. It was also felt that reduction in specific crimes within the central business district also lowers the aggregate crime levels for the whole city. Reduction in fear of crime and provision of a reassuring presence were also considered to be the major benefits of foot patrols by community representatives.
      PubDate: 2018-01-04
      DOI: 10.1057/s41300-017-0038-z
  • The impact of population and economic decline: examining socio-demographic
           correlates of homicide in Detroit
    • Authors: Meghan E. Hollis
      Abstract: Abstract This study examined the relationship between neighborhood social ecology and homicide in Detroit, Michigan. Additionally, the research examined the influence of recent population decline in Detroit on homicides through a focus on localized population change at the census tract level. The study findings reveal that the traditional social ecological predictors of crime continue to operate in similar ways to previous studies. However, when the population change variable is introduced to the model, the traditional social ecological predictors are no longer significant. This indicates that population change might be a driving feature of the high homicide rate in Detroit. Implications for research, theory, and practice are discussed.
      PubDate: 2017-11-25
      DOI: 10.1057/s41300-017-0037-0
  • Understanding and preventing hit-and-run driving: a crime script analysis
    • Authors: Matt Hopkins; Sally Chivers
      Abstract: Abstract Although a small body of research has explored drivers’ decisions to leave the scene of a road traffic collision (hit-and-run), little research has explored how understanding the processes of hit-and-run collisions could inform prevention strategies. Drawing upon findings from a literature review and in-depth interviews with 52 convicted hit-and-run drivers, a crime script approach is utilised as a heuristic device to explore the precursors, immediate aftermath and longer-term aftermath of hit-and-run events. This method allows for motivational factors to be identified. Then, utilising Clarke’s techniques of situational crime prevention as a guiding framework, possibilities for the prevention of hit-and-run are presented.
      PubDate: 2017-11-20
      DOI: 10.1057/s41300-017-0036-1
  • The spatial distribution of crime and population density in Saudi Arabia
    • Authors: Mofza Algahtany; Lalit Kumar; Elaine Barclay; Hassan M. Khormi
      Abstract: Abstract This study examined the relationship between crime and place across the 13 provinces of Saudi Arabia using geographic information systems techniques based on population density, identifying and visualising the spatial distributions of national and regional crime rates for drug crimes, theft, murder, assault, alcohol and ‘outrageous crimes’ (offences against Islam) over a 10-year period from 2003 to 2012. Social disorganisation theory was employed to guide the study and explain the diversity in patterns in crime across the country. The highest rates of overall crimes were identified in the Northern Border and Jizan areas, located in the north and south of the country, respectively, while the East Area has the lowest crime rate. Most drug offences occurred in Northern Borders and Jizan, high rates of theft were recorded in Northern Borders, Jouf and Makkah, while the highest rates of homicide occurred in Asir.
      PubDate: 2017-11-20
      DOI: 10.1057/s41300-017-0034-3
  • A method of identifying dark-time crime locations for street lighting
    • Authors: Rustu Deryol; Troy C. Payne
      Abstract: Abstract Research on the effect of street lighting on crime and fear of crime has received much attention, especially between 1970s and early 2000s. Yet no study has documented an empirical method for choosing where to best site street lights for the purpose of crime prevention. This study describes a statistical clustering method (Kohonen’s SOM) that can be used to identify microplaces where crimes mostly occur during nighttime within stable crime hot spots. The results of this clustering analysis were visually examined and compared with streets, which are located near the University of Cincinnati West Campus and selected for lighting during early 2014. The findings revealed temporal patterns of crime within crime hot spots. In addition, there is a substantial overlap between the areas identified as heavily dark-time locations by clustering analysis and previously lighted streets determined by the city of Cincinnati managers. Implications of the study are discussed in conclusions.
      PubDate: 2017-11-13
      DOI: 10.1057/s41300-017-0035-2
  • Perceptions of unwanted sexual behaviour on public transport: exploring
           transport density and behaviour severity
    • Abstract: Abstract This study focuses on bystander perceptions and expected responses to unwanted sexual behaviours on public transport. Level of blame, incident seriousness, likelihood of reporting and intervening were evaluated using a series of 6 vignettes that manipulated passenger density and severity of the behaviour. Half of the participants also viewed a video to raise their awareness of unwanted sexual behaviours. The results indicated that blame was attributed to the perpetrator and not the victim, with perpetrator blame, incident seriousness and likelihood of reporting all being influenced by a passenger density and behaviour severity interaction. Increasing awareness of unwanted sexual behaviours had no effect with the exception of likelihood of intervention. Findings are discussed in relation to women’s safety during travel in peak and off peak hours as well as the role of the bystander. Finally, the article concludes with considerations of these findings for women’s safety in transit settings.
      PubDate: 2017-09-01
      DOI: 10.1057/s41300-017-0026-3
  • Vania Ceccato and Andrew Newton (eds): Safety and security in transit
           environments: an interdisciplinary approach
    • PubDate: 2017-09-01
      DOI: 10.1057/s41300-017-0033-4
  • Sexual harassment of students on public transport: an exploratory study in
           Lucknow, India
    • Abstract: Abstract Studies suggest that incidents of sexual harassment are common occurrence on public transport in India, but there is little reliable data to understand and tackle the problem. This research explores actual and witnessed victimisations as well as perceptions of the risk by a sample of 200 tertiary female students in Lucknow, India. Consistent with literature, sexual harassment victimisation appears to be most prevalent in buses and increases with the frequency of use of public transport. We found that the number of incidents experienced as a victim and as a witness were comparable, suggesting events of sexual harassment are not widely noticed by other passengers, perhaps because they are so commonplace as not to be especially noticed. Finally, the respondents felt female students were particularly targeted amongst women more generally, but did not identify any specific risk factors in relation to the profiles of the offenders or victims.
      PubDate: 2017-09-01
      DOI: 10.1057/s41300-017-0029-0
  • Women’s victimisation and safety in transit environments
    • PubDate: 2017-09-01
      DOI: 10.1057/s41300-017-0024-5
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