Crime Prevention

Approaches, Practices, and Evaluations


  • Steven Lab

This timely revision of Crime Prevention: Approaches, Practices, and Evaluations provides an up-to-date collection of the research on crime prevention. The prevailing approaches and strategies are organized into categories of primary prevention (designed to prevent conditions that foster deviance), secondary prevention (directed toward persons or conditions with a high potential for deviance), and tertiary prevention (dealing with those who have already committed offenses). The effects of physical environments, the mass media, displacement and diffusion, electronic monitoring, and home confinement are also explored. In addition to presenting a discussion of the different prevention approaches, the author provides insight into the effectiveness of each approach.
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Book information

  • Published: January 2013
  • ISBN: 978-1-4557-3137-4


"This eighth edition contains a new chapter on developmental prevention, discussing the use of risk factors for predicting behavior. There is also new material on organizing dysfunctional neighborhoods and the politics of prevention strategies."--Reference & Research Book News, October 2013

Table of Contents

1. Crime and the Fear of Crime
2. Crime Prevention
3. Evaluation and Crime Prevention

Section I: Primary Prevention

4. The Physical Environment and Crime
5. Neighborhood Crime Prevention
6. Displacement and Diffusion
7. The Mass Media and Crime Prevention
8. Developmental Prevention
9. General Deterrence

Section II: Secondary Prevention

10. Prediction for Secondary Prevention
11. Situational Crime Prevention
12. Partnerships for Crime Prevention
13. Drugs, Crime, and Crime Prevention
14. The School and Crime Prevention

Section III: Tertiary Prevention
15. Specific Deterrence and Incapacitation
16. Rehabilitation
17. Some Closing Thoughts on Crime Prevention and the Future