Research/Studies

27Sep 2013

“The study of crime has focused primarily on why particular people commit crime or why specific communities have higher crime levels than others. In The Criminology of Place, David Weisburd, Elizabeth Groff, and Sue-Ming Yang present a new and different way of looking at the crime problem by examining why specific streets in a city have […]

16Sep 2013

“The National Association of School Psychologists cautions against over-emphasizing extreme physical security measures or universally increasing armed security in schools as such strategies may undermine the learning environment while not necessarily safeguarding students. When considering school-wide efforts to promote safety, NASP recommends addressing the continuum of needs and services that lead to improved safety, well-being, […]

04Aug 2013

“Shifts in climate are strongly linked to increases in violence around the world, a study suggests.  US scientists found that even small changes in temperature or rainfall correlated with a rise in assaults, rapes and murders, as well as group conflicts and war.” Full Text of the BBC Article    

05Jul 2013

When evaluating security, consultants apply a spectrum of guidance when developing recommendations.  The spectrum begins at one end with the security consultant’s professional opinion which is often based on years of education, training, and experience.  Professional opinion, while valuable to both clients and courts (when submitted as expert testimony), is challenging to quantify and difficult […]

10Dec 2012

“The FBI’s UCR Program is a nationwide, cooperative statistical effort of more than 18,000 city, university and college, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies voluntarily reporting data on crimes brought to their attention. Since 1930, the FBI has administered the UCR Program and continued to assess and monitor the nature and type of […]

10Dec 2012

“Gangs are expanding, evolving and posing an increasing threat to US communities nationwide. Many gangs are sophisticated criminal networks with members who are violent, distribute wholesale quantities of drugs, and develop and maintain close working relationships with members and associates of transnational criminal/drug trafficking organizations. Gangs are becoming more violent while engaging in less typical […]

21Jul 2012

“Criminologists and crime prevention practitioners are increasingly aware of the importance of places of crime. A place is a very small area, usually a street corner, address, building, or street segment. A focus on crime places contrasts with a focus on neighborhoods. Neighborhood theories usually highlight the development of offenders, while place level explanations emphasize […]

16Jan 2012

“Over the past three years, at least 1,800 pharmacy robberies have occurred across the country.”  The Drug Enforcement Administration report a 51% increase in armed robberies of pharmacies between 2006 and 2010.  The primary cause of the increasing robberies, according to the DEA, is addiction to prescription drugs.  Standalone pharmacies, pharmacies in retail stores, and […]