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Once Bitten, Twice Shy: Repeat Victimization and its Prevention

Louise Grove and Graham Farrell

in The Oxford Handbook of Crime Prevention

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780195398823
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195398823.013.0020

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Once Bitten, Twice Shy: Repeat Victimization and its Prevention

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This article introduces the concept of repeat victimization, which is defined as the repeated criminal victimization of a person, business, place, vehicle, household, etc. Four decades worth of research determine that most crimes are repeats of some kind, and that crime is not randomly distributed. It states that the evidence strongly suggests that avoiding repeat victimization can be an effective crime-prevention strategy. It then considers the effectiveness of former efforts to prevent repeat victimization and looks at how prevention efforts were developed and subsequently implemented.

Keywords: repeat victimization; criminal victimization; crime-prevention strategy; prevention efforts

Article.  5924 words. 

Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Measurement of Crime ; Crime Prevention

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