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Crime Prevention

Approaches, Practices, and Evaluations, 9th Edition

By Steven P. Lab


452 pages | 18 Color Illus.

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Crime Prevention: Approaches, Practices, and Evaluations, 9th Edition, meets the needs of students and instructors for engaging, evidence-based, impartial coverage of the origins of crime, as well as of public policy that can reduce or prevent deviance. The book examines a range of approaches to preventing crime and elucidates their respective goals. Strategies include primary prevention measures designed to prevent conditions that foster deviance; secondary prevention measures directed toward persons or conditions with a high potential for deviance; and tertiary prevention measures to deal with persons who have already committed crimes.

This edition provides research and information on all aspects of crime prevention, including the physical environment and crime, neighborhood crime prevention programs, community policing, crime in schools, and electronic monitoring and home confinement. Lab offers a thorough and well-rounded discussion of the many sides of the crime prevention debate, in clear and accessible language.


This is a clear and comprehensive approach to crime prevention. The focus of the book is applied and practical, which makes it ideal for the classroom. The new edition provides an excellent in-depth coverage of what works in crime prevention, and how prevention programs are evaluated to assess their impact on crime and fear of victimization. It is an essential resource for both students and practitioners.

- Jonathan Kremser, Kutztown University

This book, in comparison to others I have seen, offers the widest coverage regarding the different possible approaches to crime prevention—it addresses strategies as diverse as environmental design, block-watch initiatives, media-driven public service announcements, community-oriented policing, correctional rehabilitation, and many, many more. As such, it provides students with the foundation for an impressive breadth of knowledge regarding crime prevention.

-Pamela Wilcox, University of Cincinnati

I have used Professor Lab’s text on crime prevention and found that his crime prevention typology is great for the classroom. Grouping tactics by primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention allows students to really think about some of the underlying factors driving these crimes and gives them some basis for critiquing the initial efficacy of a program. This text is great for students and professionals alike.

-Eric Martin, George Washington University

Table of Contents

Preface. 1. Crime and the Fear of Crime, 2. Crime Prevention, 3. Evaluation and Crime Prevention, Section 1 Primary Prevention. 4. The Physical Environment and Crime, 5. Neighborhood Crime Prevention, 6. Displacement and Diffusion m, 7. The Mass Media and Crime Prevention, 8. Developmental Crime Prevention, 9. General Deterrence , Section 2 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 3 Tertiary Prevention. 15. Specific Deterrence and Incapacitation, 16. Rehabilitation, 17. Some Closing Thoughts on Crime Prevention and the Future

About the Author

Steven P. Lab is Professor of Criminal Justice and Chair of the Department of Human Services. He holds a Ph.D. in Criminology from the Florida State University School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Dr. Lab is the author or coauthor of five books, the editor/coeditor of two readers, and coeditor of one encyclopedia. He is the author of more than 50 articles or book chapters and has presented more than 70 papers to academic or professional societies. He is a past editor of the Journal of Crime and Justice and has been an assistant editor or on the editorial boards of several additional journals. Dr. Lab has been a visiting professor at the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science of the University College London and at Keele University in Staffordshire, England, as well as a Visiting Fellow at Loughborough University (England) and a Research Consultant with the Perpetuity Research Group at Leicester University (England). Dr. Lab has received grant funding for several large research projects from the National Institute of Justice, and has served as a consultant to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, the Arizona Governor’s Office, and various offices of the U.S. Department of Justice. Dr. Lab is also a past-president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology