Crime Prevention and Public Policy

Brandon C. Welsh and David P. Farrington

in The Oxford Handbook of Crime Prevention

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780195398823
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Crime Prevention and Public Policy

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This article introduces crime prevention, which often refers to the attempts to prevent crime or criminal offending before the actual act has been committed. It studies four main crime prevention strategies, namely developmental prevention, community prevention, situational prevention, and criminal justice prevention. It provides an overview of the key theories that support these strategies and notes some relevant research on effectiveness. This article also considers the development of crime prevention in the United States and identifies several key issues that challenge the prevention of crime.

Keywords: crime prevention; criminal offending; crime prevention strategies; developmental prevention; community prevention; situational prevention; criminal justice prevention

Article.  7449 words. 

Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Crime Prevention

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