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Does Stop and Search Deter Crime? Evidence from Ten Years of London-Wide Data

Tiratelli, M; Quinton, P; Bradford, B; (2018) Does Stop and Search Deter Crime? Evidence from Ten Years of London-Wide Data. The British Journal of Criminology , 58 (5) pp. 1212-1231. 10.1093/bjc/azx085. Green open access

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Abstract

In this article, we used ten years of police, crime and other data from London to investigate the potential effect of stop and search on crime. Using lagged regression models and a natural experiment, we show that the effect of stop and crime is likely to be marginal, at best. While there is some association between stop and search and crime (particularly drug crime), claims that this is an effective way to control and deter offending seem misplaced. We close the discussion by suggesting that, first, in a legal sense the key issue is that each and every stop should be justified in itself, not in that it has some putative wider effect on crime, and, second, in a sociological sense, our findings support the idea that stop and search is a tool of social control widely defined, not crime-fighting, narrowly defined.

Type: Article
Title: Does Stop and Search Deter Crime? Evidence from Ten Years of London-Wide Data
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azx085
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azx085
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10050843
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