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Crime Prevention
Approaches, Practices, and Evaluations

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February 13, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
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Book Description

Crime Prevention: Approaches, Practices, and Evaluations, Eleventh Edition, meets the needs of students and instructors for engaging, evidence-based, impartial coverage of interventions that can reduce or prevent deviance. This edition examines the entire gamut of prevention, from physical design to developmental prevention to identifying high-risk individuals to situational initiatives to partnerships and beyond. 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.

In this book, Lab offers a thorough and well-rounded discussion of the many sides of the crime prevention debate in clear and accessible language, including the latest research concerning space syntax, physical environment and crime, neighborhood crime prevention programs, community policing, crime in schools, and electronic monitoring and home confinement.

This book is essential for undergraduates studying criminal justice, criminology, and sociology, in the US and globally. Online resources include an instructor’s manual, test bank, and lecture slides for faculty, and a wide array of resources for students.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 Crime and the Fear of Crime

Problem of Crime in Society

Costs of Crime/Victimization

Fear of Crime


CHAPTER 2 Crime Prevention

Crime Prevention Through the Ages

Defining Crime Prevention

Crime Prevention Classifications

Alternate Classifications of Crime Prevention

CHAPTER 3 Evaluation and Crime Prevention

Types of Evaluation

Cost–Benefit Evaluations

Theory and Measurement in Evaluation

The Method for Evaluation

An Overview of the Book

PART I Primary Prevention

CHAPTER 4 The Physical Environment and Crime Prevention

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

Implementation of Environmental Design

The Impact of Physical Design

A Second-Generation CPTED

A Third-Generation CPTED

Incivility, Disorder, and Crime


CHAPTER 5 Neighborhood Crime Prevention

Types of Neighborhood Crime Prevention Approaches

Building Guardianship

Evaluation of Neighborhood Crime Prevention

Citizen Participation and Support

Problematic Assumptions in Organizing for Crime Prevention

Chapter Summary

CHAPTER 6 The Mass Media and Crime Prevention

The Media and Crime

Media Crime Prevention Activities

Publicity and Prevention

The Media’s Responsibility for Crime Prevention


CHAPTER 7 Developmental Crime Prevention



Developmental Concerns


CHAPTER 8 General Deterrence


Requirements for Deterrence

The Deterrent Effect of Legal Sanctions

Perceptions and Deterrence


PART II Secondary Prevention

CHAPTER 9 Prediction for Secondary Prevention

Predicting Future Off ending

Risk Factors and Prediction

Predicting Places and Events

Repeat Victimization

Implications for Crime Prevention

CHAPTER 10 Situational Crime Prevention

The Growth of Situational Prevention

The Theoretical Basis

Situational Typologies

Issues and Concerns With Situational Prevention

Implementing Situational Prevention

Situational Prevention Studies


CHAPTER 11 Displacement and Diffusion

Crime Displacement


Offender Choice and Mobility

Evidence of Displacement and Diffusion

Implications of Displacement and Diffusion

CHAPTER 12 Partnerships for Crime Prevention

Community Policing

Problem Identification

Partnership Eff orts and Assessment

Problems and Concerns

Successful Partnerships


CHAPTER 13 Substance Use, Crime, and Crime Prevention

The Scope of Drug Use

The Drugs–Crime Connection

Interventions and Prevention

Drugs and Crime Prevention

CHAPTER 14 The School and Crime Prevention

Crime and Victimization in Schools

School Contributions to Antisocial Behavior

Responses to In-School Victimization

Responding to School Shootings

School Programs for Delinquency Prevention

The Future of School/Educational Programs in Crime Prevention

PART III Tertiary Prevention

CHAPTER 15 Specific Deterrence and Incapacitation

The Specific Deterrent Effect of Criminal Sanctions


Future Implications

CHAPTER 16 Rehabilitation

The "What Works?" Argument

Evaluations of Rehabilitation Programs

Assessing Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention

CHAPTER 17 Some Closing Thoughts on Crime Prevention and the Future

The State of the Evidence

Improving Our Knowledge

Recognizing the Diversity in Crime Prevention

Crime Prevention Policy


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Steven P. Lab is an Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice at Bowling Green State University where he served as Director of Criminal Justice for 27 years and Chair of Human Services for 17 years. He holds a Ph.D. in Criminology from the Florida State University School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Lab is the author or co-author of eight books, co-editor of one encyclopedia, and author of more than 50 articles and book chapters. He is Assistant Editor of Crime Prevention & Community Safety: An International Journal and a past editor of the Journal of Crime and Justice. Lab has been a visiting professor in the UK: at the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science at University College London and at Keele University in Staffordshire, as well as a Visiting Fellow at Loughborough University and a Research Consultant with the Perpetuity Research Group at Leicester University. Lab is also a past president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.