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Making Public Places SaferSurveillance and Crime Prevention$
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Brandon C. Welsh and David P. Farrington

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195326215

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326215.001.0001

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The Politics of Surveillance for Crime Prevention

The Politics of Surveillance for Crime Prevention

(p.15) 2 The Politics of Surveillance for Crime Prevention
Making Public Places Safer

Brandon C. Welsh

David P. Farrington

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the political aspect of surveillance for crime prevention. It provides the background on the different forms of surveillance that are designed to prevent crime in public places, and charts key historic and recent developments which have shaped the use of the major forms of surveillance to prevent crime in public places. The chapter describes some of the most widely used crime-prevention systems, including street lighting and closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, and evaluates their social costs.

Keywords:   surveillance, crime prevention, public places, street lighting, CCTV cameras, social costs

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