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The benefits of situational crime prevention

The advantages of situation crime prevention are well documented. Drawing on the crime prevention literature and theories, critically explain why situational crime prevention may not be able to fully address a community’s crime problems.

Advantages of situation crime prevention

In developing your response there are number of themes and issues that you could consider. For example, what are the benefits of situational crime prevention?

What makes these benefits so apparent? What are the disadvantages associated with situational crime prevention?

How are these related to the claim that situational approach may not be able to fully address a community’s crime problem?

How may the crime prevention theories that are relevant to the main crime prevention approaches be used to explain why situational crime prevention alone may not be able to fully address a community’s crime problem?

To what extent may a combination of approaches be appropriate or feasible?
Reading materials required:

Schneider, S. (2016) crime prevention: theory and practice, London: CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group.
Further reading:
Mathew, P., Clarke, R.V., Sturman, A. and Hough, J.M. (1976) Crime as Opportunity, home office research study No. 34, London: HMSO

Clarke, R.V. (2007) ‘Seven Misconceptions of Situational Crime Prevention’ in N. Tilley (Ed) Handbook of crime prevention and community safety, Cullompton: Willian Publishing, 39-70.

Walters, R. (1996) ‘The “Dream” of multi-agency crime prevention: Pitfalla in Policy and Practice’ in R.
Homel (Ed) The politics and practice of situational crime prevention, crime prevention studies: Volume 5, New York: criminal justice press, 75-96.

McCord,J. (2017) ‘Cures and Harm: Unanticipitated Outcome of Crime Prevention Programmes’, Annals Of the American A academic of Political and Social Sciences, 587: 16-30.

Knepper, P. (2017) ‘How Situational Crime Prevention Contributes to social welfare’ Liverpool Law Review 30 (1): 57-75.
Brown, R. And Evans, E. (2016) ‘When Intervention is a Load of Rubbish: Evaluating the Impact do ‘Clean Up’ Operations’ Crime Prevention and Community Safety 14 (1): 33-47.

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