Crime and Everyday Life offers a bold approach to crime theory and crime reduction. Using a clear, engaging, and streamlined writing style, the Sixth Edition illuminates the causes of criminal behavior, showing how crime can affect everyone in both small and large ways. Renowned authors Marcus Felson and Mary Eckert then offer realistic ways to reduce or eliminate crime and criminal behavior in specific settings by removing the opportunity to complete the act. Most importantly, this book teaches students how to think about crime, and then do something about it.
Chapter 3: Offenders Make Decisions
Offenders Make Decisions
Beware the word rational. It implies that people are careful and use good judgment. Also, be careful with the word irrational. It implies that people act with no decision whatever. To understand crime decisions, we must take a middle position—that people make imperfect decisions, sometimes ...