Crime and Everyday Life, Fourth Edition, provides an illuminating glimpse into roots of criminal behavior, explaining how crime can touch us all in both small and large ways. This innovative text shows how opportunity is a necessary condition for crime to occur, while exploring realistic ways to reduce or eliminate crime and criminal behavior by removing the opportunity to complete the act. Encouraging students to take a closer look at the true nature of crime and its effects on their lives, author Marcus Felson and new co-author Rachel L. Boba (an expert on crime prevention, crime analysis and mapping, and school safety) maintain the book's engaging, readable, and informative style, while incorporating the most current research on criminal behavior and routine activity theory. The authors emphasize that routine daily activities set the stage for illegal acts, thus challenging conventional wisdom and offering students a fresh perspective, novel solutions for reducing crime … and renewed hope.

New and Proven Features

Includes new coverage of gangs, bar problems, and barhopping; new discussion of the dynamic crime triangle; and expanded coverage of technology, Internet fraud, identity theft, and other Internet pitfalls; The now-famous “fallacies about crime” are reduced to nine and are organized and explained even more clearly than in past editions; Offers updated research on crime as well as new examples of practical application of theory, with the most current crime and victimization statistics throughout; Features POP (Problem-Oriented Policing) Center guidelines and citations, including Closing Streets and Alleys to Reduce Crime, Speeding in Residential Areas, Robbery of Convenience Stores, and use of the Situational Crime Prevention Evaluation Database; Updated “Projects and Challenges” at the end of each chapter

Intended Audience

This supplemental text adds a colorful perspective and enriches classroom discussion for courses in Criminological Theory, Introduction to Criminal Justice, and Introductory Criminology.

White-Collar Crime

White-collar crime

If you go back to Chapter 1, you will understand why “white-collar crime” is such a confusing topic.

Recall the dramatic fallacy—the tendency to focus on the most dramatic crimes. In the area of white-collar crime, it's easy to pay attention to those who deal with a billion dollars, while forgetting how often people take small and medium amounts from their employers and customers. Most occupational illegalities are “relatively mundane, unskilled, easily accomplished, and modest in economic return” (Wright & Cullen, 2000, p. 863).

Note the cops-and-courts fallacy, namely, overstating the importance of the justice system. In the “white-collar” crime field, cases that receive little or no prosecutorial attention are often neglected by analysis.

The ingenuity fallacy means assuming that offenders are very clever, when ...

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