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Designing Out Crime from Products and Systems

Ronald V. Clarke and Graeme R. Newman
ISBN: 978-1-881798-58-3
ISBN: 978-1-881798-59-0
2005/265 pages
Crime Prevention Studies, Volume 18
A CriminalJusticePress Project
"This volume not only offers an impressively detailed collection of effective measures for preventing specific crimes, emanating from work in situational crime prevention, it significantly advances our thinking on how best to persuade the private sector to assume responsibility for adopting these measures. This exploration is especially relevant for the police, who are otherwise left with the responsibility for handling these crime problems in a more acute form, but with effective means for doing so."—Herman Goldstein, University of Wisconsin

"The description of organizational and governmental roles in the designing of products makes for a compelling discussion.... The focus on topics ranging from smart gungs to v-chips to security coding insures that the material will be of interest to a variety of practitioners and researchers."—Brian A. Lawton, Sam Houston State University


From tamper-proof seals to cell phones that prevent theft-of-service, it has been proven that modifying products can reduce or even eliminate specific categories of crime. The contributors to this volume argue that both the corporate sector and governments must develop research and development capacities in order to take more active roles in modifying even more criminogenic products.


  • Introduction—the Editors.
  • Modifying Criminogenic Products—What Role for Government?—the Editors.
  • Partners Against Crime: The Role of the Corporate Sector in Tacking Crime—J. Hardie and B. Hobbs.
  • Promoting Design Against Crime—S. Learmount.
  • Breaking the Cycle: Fundamentals of Crime-proofing Design—R. Cooper, A.B. Wootton, C.L. Davey, and Mike Press.
  • Designing Out Crime from the UK Vehicle Licensing SystemG.. Laycock and B. Webb.
  • Security Coding of Electronic Products—the Editors.