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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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Evidence-Based Crime Prevention

Evidence-Based Crime Prevention

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(p.43) 4 Evidence-Based Crime Prevention
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Making Public Places Safer
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Brandon C. Welsh

David P. Farrington

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326215.003.0004

This chapter discusses the methods used in the evidence-based approach to evaluating the effectiveness of crime-prevention measures, suggesting that crime prevention should be rational and based on the best-possible evidence, and that it is also important to use the most rigorous methods to assess the available research evidence. It contends that assessing the value for money of crime-prevention programs is closely linked to evidence-based crime prevention. The chapter highlights the importance of considering the issues of displacement of crime and diffusion of crime-prevention benefits in reviewing the effectiveness of the major forms of surveillance that are used to prevent crimes.

Keywords:   crime prevention, evidence-based approach, value for money, displacement of crime, diffusion of benefits

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