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News and Issues

Do Property Crimes Escalate into Violent Crimes?

Violence escalation is defined as a single crime in progress that escalates into violence or escalates into further violence. Violent crime is rare relative to other crimes. However, the identification of violence escalation factors has become considerably more important in light of current active shooter and other mass murder incidents in schools, entertainment venues, workplaces,…

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Crime Thresholds

Emile Durkheim, a pioneer in criminology, suggested that crime was not indicative of a pathology or illness in society but at certain levels, crime was simply evidence of the normal functioning of communities. A normal level of crime, referred to as endemic crime, helps to define and solidify norms in society. Data analyzed by criminologist…

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Foundations of a Successful Security Program

A successful security program or initiative should be rooted in sound crime prevention theory and research and designed for specific crime types. In the security field, opportunities are often referred to as vulnerabilities. There are ten principles of opportunity and crime: Opportunities play a role in causing all crime. Crime opportunities are highly specific. Crime…

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Violent Crime Typology

Violent crimes represent a small but significant portion of the reported crime in the United States.  Categorically, violent crimes occur at a much lower frequency as compared to property crimes and disorder crimes.  However, violent crimes can cause significant harm.  While a robust body of knowledge regarding the effectiveness of crime prevention measures for property…

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Not All Evidence is Equal

In the United States, we often base criminal justice policy on ideology, rather than research.  This sometimes results in time, effort, and money spent on crime prevention measures that are ineffective, or at best, untested.  Groups within the public sector, private sector, and academia are changing this by implementing evidence-based practices.  For example, in the…

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