Accessible and compelling, this book explores the legislative developments, policy changes and practical strategies that have been put in place in recent years in an attempt to manage the level of crime in our society. The book assesses how governments’ approaches to serious crime, the war on terror, human rights and race and immigration policies have influenced ideas about community safety and crime prevention. It offers a handy glossary, along with suggestions for further reading, in order to enhance understanding of critical issues.

The Changing Face of Crime Prevention
The changing face of crime prevention

The last quarter of the twentieth century saw crime prevention emerge ‘as a major focus of public policy and criminological research’ (Tilley 2002: 13). However, its journey in reaching this position was not straightforward, linear or forged in a constantly progressive direction. Tilley identifies three distinctive, but overlapping periods through which crime prevention developed. In the first period, 1975–90, crime prevention initiatives and activities were acknowledged as a valid and serious endeavour. In the second, 1985–2000, an accepted body of crime prevention knowledge gained institutional recognition and was co-opted wholesale into mainstream practice but in this shift any radical agendas which had begun to inform its practice were lost as crime prevention became a ...

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