Crime Prevention

7th Edition

Approaches, Practices and Evaluations

Authors: Steven Lab
Paperback ISBN: 9781422463277
Imprint: Anderson
Published Date: 1st April 2010
Page Count: 380


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Crime Prevention: Approaches, Practices, and Evaluations explores research on crime prevention. The principles and strategies discussed are categorically organized as primary, secondary, and tertiary preventions. Primary prevention is designed to prevent conditions that foster deviance, secondary prevention is for conditions and persons with a high potential for deviance, and the tertiary category is for persons who have already committed offences.

The book is divided into three sections all of which are based on the three levels of crime prevention. The introductory part of the book covers the crime and its fundamentals such as victimization, the costs of crime, divergent findings about crime and fear, and the development of crime prevention and evaluation. Section 1 presents primary prevention and its principles and methods; sections 2 and 3 cover secondary and tertiary prevention, respectively, including discussions about situational prevention, partnerships for crime prevention and the politics of prevention procedures. The chapters in each section include up-to-date tables and outlines, key terms, learning objectives, Web links and glossary.

Students, novices, and practitioners in the criminal justice field, advanced upper-level programs and courses, professional criminalists, and police and law enforcement officers will find this text an essential reference.

Key Features

  • Key terms and learning objectives supplement each chapter.
  • A glossary defines terms from the text.


Students and beginning professionals in the criminal justice field.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Crime and the Fear of Crime The Problem of Crime in Society Official Measures of Crime Measuring Victimization Summary The Costs of Crime/Victimization The Fear of Crime The Discovery of Fear Defining Fear Measuring Fear The Level of Fear Fear and Crime Fear and Demographics Explaining the Divergent Findings Fear Summary Summary Chapter 2 Crime Prevention Crime Prevention Through the Ages Summary Defining Crime Prevention The Crime Prevention Model Primary Crime Prevention Secondary Crime Prevention Tertiary Crime Prevention Alternate Models and Crime Science Summary Chapter 3 Evaluation and Crime Prevention Types of Evaluation Impact Evaluation Process Evaluation Cost-Benefit Evaluations Theory and Measurement in Evaluation Theoretical Concerns Measurement Issues Follow-Up Periods Summary The Method for Evaluation Experimental Design Realistic Evaluation Summary An Overview of the Book Section I Primary Prevention Chapter 4 The Physical Environment and Crime Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Implementation of Environmental Design The Impact of Physical Design Product Design Incivility, Disorder, and Crime Summary Chapter 5 Neighborhood Crime Prevention Types of Neighborhood Crime Prevention Approaches Evaluation of Neighborhood Crime Prevention Citizen Participation and Support Chapter Summary Chapter 6 Displacement and Diffusion Crime Displacement Diffusion Offender Choice and Mobility Evidence of Displacement and Diffusion Implications of Displacement and Diffus


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About the Author

Steven Lab

Steven P. Lab is Professor and Director of the Criminal Justice Program and Chair of the Department of Human Services at Bowling Green State University. His research interests include victims of crime, crime prevention, juvenile delinquency, and school crime. Lab received his Ph.D. in Criminology from Florida State University in 1982. He has been a faculty member at Bowling Green since 1987. His primary research interests are in crime prevention and juvenile justice; he is the author of three textbooks and two edited works, and has published more than 30 articles on various topics.

Affiliations and Expertise

Bowling Green State University