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Situational Prevention of Organised Crimes

1st Edition

Edited by Ronald V. Clarke, Karen Bullock, Nick Tilley


240 pages

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Situational crime prevention is the art and science of reducing opportunities for crime. Despite accumulating evidence of its value in reducing many different kinds of crime - such as burglary, fraud, robbery, car theft, child sexual abuse and even terrorism - little has previously been published about its role in reducing organised crimes.

This collection of case studies, by a distinguished international group of researchers, fills this gap by documenting the application of a situational prevention approach to a variety of organised crimes. These include sex trafficking, cigarette and drug smuggling, timber theft, mortgage fraud, corruption of private professionals and public officials, and subversion of tendering procedures for construction projects. By moving the focus away from the nature of criminal organisations to the analysis of the crimes committed by these organisations, the book opens up a fresh agenda for policy and research.

Situational Prevention of Organised Crimes will be of interest to those tasked with tackling organised crime problems, as well as those interested in understanding the ways that organised crime problems have manifested themselves globally, and how law enforcement and other agencies might seek to tackle them in the future.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Gloria Laycock Preface by Karen Bullock, Ronald V. Clarke and Nick Tilley 1. Introduction by Karen Bullock, Ronald V. Clarke and Nick Tilley 2. Situational Crime Prevention and Cross-Border Crime by Edward R. Kleemans, Melvin R. J. Soudijn and Anton W. Weenink 3. Preventing Organized Crime: The Case of Contraband Cigarettes by Klaus von Lampe 4. Sex Trafficking: A Target for Situation Crime Prevention? by James O. FInckenauer and Ko-lin Chin 5. Situational Prevention of Organized Timber Theft and Related Corruption by Adam Graycar and Marcus Felson 6. Situational Organized Crime Prevention in Amsterdam: The Administrative Approach by Hans Nelen 7. Mortgage Fraud and Facilitating Circumstances by Barbra van Gestel 8. Infiltration by Italian Organised Crime (Mafia, N'drangheta and Camorra) of the Public Construction Industry by Ernesto U. Savona 9. Situational Prevention Against Unlawful Influence from Organized Crime by Lars Korsell and Johanna Skinnari 10. Organised Crime and Crime Scripts: Prospects for Disruption by Graham Hancock and Gloria Lycock 11. Policing Mobile Criminality: Towards a Situational Crime Prevention Approach to Organised Crime by Stuart Kirby and Sue Penna

About the Author/Editors

Karen Bullock is Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Surrey. Her research interests include policing, and crime reduction theory and practice. Published works include Problem-oriented Policing and Partnership: Implementaion of an Evidence Based Approach to Crime Reduction with Erol, R and Tilley, N (Willan, 2006), and Crime Reduction and Problem-oriented Policing with Tilley, N (Willan, 2003).

Ronald V. Clarke is Professor at the School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University, USA. He is the founding editor of Crime Prevention Studies, and is the author or co-author of over 220 books, monographs and papers. His most recent publications include Superhighway Robbery: Preventing E-commerce Crime (Willan Publishing, 2003), Become a Problem Solving Crime Analyst (U.S. Dept of Justice, 2005) and Outsmarting the Terrorists (Praeger, 2006).

Nick Tilley is a Visiting Professor at the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science at University College London. He is also Professor of Sociology at Nottingham Trent University. His research interests lie in policing, crime prevention and programme evaluation methodology.

About the Series

Crime Science Series

Crime science is a new way of thinking about and responding to the problem of crime in society. First, crime science is about crime. Instead of the usual focus in criminology on the characteristics of the criminal offender, crime science is concerned with the characteristics of the criminal event. Second, crime science is about science, advocating an evidence-based, problem-solving approach to crime control. Crime scientists actively engage with front-line criminal justice practitioners to reduce crime by making it more difficult for individuals to offend, and making it more likely that they will be detected if they do offend

The Crime Science series is utilitarian in its orientation and multidisciplinary in its foundations, drawing on disciplines from both the social and physical sciences, including criminology, sociology, psychology, geography, economics, architecture, industrial design, epidemiology, computer science, mathematics, engineering, and biology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology