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Borrion, H; (2018) Engineering. In: Wortley, R and Sidebottom, A and Tilley, N and Laycock, G, (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Crime Science. Routledge: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This chapter examines the contribution of engineering sciences to crime reduction. Beginning with a conceptual discussion about what engineering is, the chapter then uses the concept of system to draw links between engineering and crime reduction. It points to the fact that contemporary systems cannot be neatly divided between purely physical and purely social systems, and that many systems relevant to crime (e.g. criminal justice system, surveillance and monitoring systems, urban ecosystems, etc.) are made of people, built structures, technological devices and information. Consequently, the chapter argues that a significant part of crime science – that concerned with the development and management of security systems or less criminogenic systems – is a form of (security) engineering, and that better understanding the points of interaction between engineering and criminology is a necessary step to advance crime science’s scholarship.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Engineering
ISBN-13: 9780415826266
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.crcpress.com/Routledge-Handbook-of-Cri...
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
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/10072541
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