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Crime and Safety in the Rural

Lessons from research

  • Characterizes crime and safety beyond "big-city" problems

  • Motivates why this is an important issue from an interdisciplinary perspective

  • Offers a brief review of the most relevant dimensions of research in this area

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

Part of the book series: SpringerBriefs in Criminology (BRIEFSCRIMINOL)

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xix
  2. Crime and Safety in Rural Areas

    • Vania Ceccato, Jonatan Abraham
    Pages 1-8Open Access
  3. Reasons Why Crime and Safety in Rural Areas Matter

    • Vania Ceccato, Jonatan Abraham
    Pages 9-28Open Access
  4. Current Knowledge on Crime and Safety in Rural Areas

    • Vania Ceccato, Jonatan Abraham
    Pages 29-40Open Access
  5. Crime, Offenders, and Victims

    • Vania Ceccato, Jonatan Abraham
    Pages 41-75Open Access
  6. Safety Perceptions in Rural Areas

    • Vania Ceccato, Jonatan Abraham
    Pages 77-84Open Access
  7. Police and Criminal Justice

    • Vania Ceccato, Jonatan Abraham
    Pages 85-92Open Access
  8. Crime Prevention and Safety Interventions

    • Vania Ceccato, Jonatan Abraham
    Pages 93-99Open Access
  9. Emergent Topics in Research in Rural Areas

    • Vania Ceccato, Jonatan Abraham
    Pages 101-112Open Access
  10. Implications for Practice

    • Vania Ceccato, Jonatan Abraham
    Pages 113-116Open Access
  11. Conclusions and Recommendations

    • Vania Ceccato, Jonatan Abraham
    Pages 117-120Open Access
  12. Back Matter

    Pages 121-123

About this book

Criminology has until recently neglected the nature and levels of crime outside the urban realm. This is not a surprise as crime tends to concentrate in urban areas and the police directs resources where the problems are. Yet, there are many reasons why scholars, decision-makers and society as a whole should care about crime and safety in rural areas. This book highlights 20 reasons why crime and safety in rural areas is a topic of relevance. We attempt to untangle currently simplistic views of the rural by discussing a number of facets of the countryside as both safe and criminogenic, and more importantly, a hybrid place worth to be examined in its own right. We adopt the notion of a rural-urban continuum that captures the nuances of places of varied nature, spanning from remote and desolate spaces to accessible and connected environments of the urban fringe. Areas on the rural-urban continuum may be in constant transformation given local and global influences, which imposes challenges for policing and long-term social sustainability.

Then, the book critically reviews a rich body of English-language literature in rural criminology that extends over more than four decades—a scholarship that has engaged researchers and practitioners in all continents. The books finishes with a discussion of the emergent research questions of the field, and offers implications for practice and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.


This is an open access book.

Keywords

  • rural crime
  • fear of crime in the rural
  • situational crime prevention
  • policing
  • sustainibility
  • Open Access

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Urban Planning and Environment, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

    Vania Ceccato, Jonatan Abraham

About the authors

VANIA CECCATO is a Professor and Head of the Urban and Community Safety research group at the Department of urban and environment, at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analytical methods underlie her research that focuses on the nature of crime and fear in urban and rural environments. She is the (co)author of hundreds of internationally peer-reviewed published articles (mostly in environmental criminology and geography), four books including ‘Rural crime and community safety’ by Routledge, in 2016, and (co)editor of five edited volumes, including ‘Transit Crime and Sexual Violence in Cities’ in 2020. Ceccato has been appointed as International Ambassador of the British Society of Criminology (BSC) in 2016 and is the founder and coordinator of Safeplaces network, a partner of the UN-Habitat SaferCities program.

JONATAN ABRAHAM is a Doctoral Student at the Department of urban and environment, at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. His research has focused on crime and fear, especially in rural and farm environments, using mainly Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and statistical analysis. He is part of the Urban and Community Safety research group at KTH. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Crime and Safety in the Rural

  • Book Subtitle: Lessons from research

  • Authors: Vania Ceccato, Jonatan Abraham

  • Series Title: SpringerBriefs in Criminology

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-98290-4

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Law and Criminology, Law and Criminology (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Author(s) 2022

  • License: CC BY

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-98289-8

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-98290-4

  • Series ISSN: 2192-8533

  • Series E-ISSN: 2192-8541

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIX, 123

  • Number of Illustrations: 7 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Criminology, Crime and Society, Transnational Crime

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 37.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)