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Environmental Criminology

Sidebottom, AL; Wortley, R; (2015) Environmental Criminology. In: Piquero, A, (ed.) The Handbook of Criminological Theory. (pp. 156-181). Wiley: Oxford, UK.

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Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of environmental criminology. It demonstrates what is distinctive about this approach and the role it plays in understanding and preventing crime. The chapter begins by charting the criminological and psychological foundations of environmental criminology. This is followed by a description of the key theories of environmental criminology. The chapter then talks about how environmental criminology is applied in the service of policing and crime prevention. It discusses some of the criticisms of and controversies within environmental criminology. A key concept in crime mapping is that of the crime hotspot. Problem‐oriented policing (POP) is an approach for improving police effectiveness and remains a popular model of policing. Design against crime (DAC) is a subfield of situational crime prevention. The chapter evaluates the contributions and future of environmental criminology as seen both from outside and within the field.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Environmental Criminology
ISBN-13: 978-1-118-51238-8
DOI: 10.1002/9781118512449.ch9
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118512449.ch9
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.
Keywords: crime pattern theory, design against crime, environmental criminology, problem‐oriented policing, situational crime prevention
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10072917
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