The crime drop and the security hypothesis

Farrell, G, Tilley, N, Tseloni, A ORCID: 0000-0002-6443-7012 and Mailley, J, 2011. The crime drop and the security hypothesis. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 48 (2), pp. 147-175.

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Major crime drops were experienced in the United States and most other industrialised countries for a decade from the early to mid-1990s. Yet there is little agreement over explanation or lessons for policy. Here it is proposed that change in the quantity and quality of security was a key driver of the crime drop. From evidence relating to vehicle theft in two countries it is concluded that electronic immobilisers and central locking were particularly effective. It is suggested that reduced car theft may have induced drops in other crime including violence. From this platform a broader security hypothesis, linked to routine activity and opportunity theory, is outlined.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency
Creators: Farrell, G., Tilley, N., Tseloni, A. and Mailley, J.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 2011
Volume: 48
Number: 2
Rights: Copyright 2011 by Sage Publications. All rights reserved. No portion of the contents may be reproduced in any form without written permission of the publisher.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:19
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:25

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