Tag Archives: crime prevention

Situational crime prevention

According to the crime opportunity theory the main cause of crime is the opportunity for prospective criminals to commit crime. Consequently crime can be reduced by eliminating opportunities for committing crimes, a strategy also known as situational prevention. In other words, by making it harder for people to commit crimes, more would-be offenders will abstain from illegal activities. Continue reading Situational crime prevention


Building codes and crime prevention

Two interesting explanations for the rise and fall of crime in Western societies are the crime opportunity theory and lead crime hypothesis. Though both approach crime from a different angle, there are not mutually exclusive and in fact I believe both provide usual insights for a sensible government policy aimed at crime reduction. Continue reading Building codes and crime prevention

Crime prevention

There is a Dutch saying “gelegenheid maakt de dief” which means that occasion creates the thief. This proverb is essentially the behind the theory on crime prevention developed by Dutch criminologist Jan van Dijk. Continue reading Crime prevention