Situational Crime Prevention

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  • Based on the theory that crime is a rational decision, the approach considers the site where the crime is occurring and institutes strategies to reduce the opportunities for crime to occur there. Making the target less attractive is one approach to preventing crime, as is enlisting a capable guardian to watch over the target. A site can also be designed so as to reduce the probability of crime. Target-hardening techniques, such as building fences and installing lights, will increase the effort required to commit the crime. The rewards of criminal activity can also be reduced, for example, by attaching dye packs that explode when tampered with, making the item virtually unusable or sellable. The likelihood of identifying the perpetrator can be increased with tools such ...

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