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In confronting risk, individuals and all agencies cannot simply respond with endless resources in mitigating the damage that hazards engender—they have to establish a balance. Risk Balance and Security combines the conceptual underpinnings of risk assessment and management at both the individual and agency level with a clear analysis of how these relate to challenges faced in responding to crime, terrorism, public health threats, and environmental disasters. With a new understanding of how decisions are made about threats and hazards, and how this understanding may be applied in our preparedness, prevention, and response strategies, we will be able to better conceptualize our task for enhancing security in the future.

Crime and Security
Crime and security

In the spring of 2005, Canadians were bombarded once again with news about one of Canada's most notorious convicted killers, Karla Homolka.1 After she had served her 12-year sentence and on the eve of her mandatory release, attention turned to the conditions of her release, as well as her future plans including, especially, the question of where she would live. The presiding judge weighed a number of factors, including her behavior in prison, circumstances surrounding her original crime, and the sentence she had served. In the eyes of the public, the Crown, and the Judge, however, the most significant factor was whether Homolka still posed a threat to the Canadian public. By all accounts, Homolka was a model prisoner, yet ...

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