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Theory for Practice in Situational Crime Prevention

Martha J. Smith and Derek Cornish, editors
Theory for Practice in Situational Crime Prevention
ISBN: 978-1-881798-44-6
2003/289 pages
Crime Prevention Studies, Volume 16

A CriminalJusticePress Project

"Of interest to police officers and staff involved in the development of crime prevention approaches."—Grapevine, British Association of Women Police


The theme of Volume 16 in the Crime Prevention Studies series is the development and application of theory for use in situational crime prevention. The theoretical perspectives and concepts discussed include the rational choice perspective, environmental criminology, routine activity theory, repeat victimization, problem-oriented policing, the script analytical approach, and displacement. Some of the papers critically analyze these ideas while others apply them to specific crime problems or to situational crime prevention practice.


  • Introduction—the Editors.
  • Anticipating the Displacement of Crime Using the Principles of Environmental Criminology—P.J. Brantingham and P.L. Brantingham.
  • Controlling Situational Precipitators of Crime: The Road Not Taken?—D. Cornish and R.V. Clarke.
  • Classifying Common Police Problems: A Routine Activity Approach—J.E. Eck and R.V. Clarke.
  • Measuring and Interpreting Repeat Victimization Using Police Data: An Analysis of Burglary Data and Policy for Charlotte, North Carolina—G. Farrell and K. Pease.
  • The Process of Co-offending—M. Felson.
  • Crime and Innovation: A Script Analysis of Patterns in Check Forgery—J. Lacoste and P. Tremblay.
  • The Motives, Methods and Decision Making of Convenience Store Robbers: Interviews with 28 Incarcerated Offenders in Massachusetts—A.J. Petrosino and D. Brensilber.
  • Exploring Target Attractiveness in Vandalism: An Experimental Approach—M.J. Smith.
  • Situational Crime Prevention and Prison Control: Lessons for Each Other—R. Wortley.