Preventing Crime

A Holistic Approach

  • Tore Bjørgo

Part of the Crime Prevention and Security Management book series (CPSM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Tore Bjørgo
    Pages 36-70
  3. Tore Bjørgo
    Pages 71-116
  4. Tore Bjørgo
    Pages 162-190
  5. Tore Bjørgo
    Pages 191-238
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 251-302

About this book


Traditional "schools" of crime prevention, like the criminal justice model, social crime prevention or situational crime prevention, have proved to be too narrow and do not combine well with other approaches. However, each of these models provides important insights and contributions for reducing crime. By extracting the main preventive mechanisms of these diverse approaches, this book develops a more holistic, general model that consists of nine preventive mechanisms: building normative barriers to crime, reducing recruitment, deterrence, disruption, incapacitation, protecting vulnerable targets, reducing benefits of crime, reducing harm, and facilitating desistance. 

The measures to activate the preventive mechanisms may differ according to the type of crime, as may the actors in charge of implementing the relevant measures. However, Tore Bjørgo demonstrates how his model of crime prevention can be effectively applied to diverse forms of crime, from domestic burglaries to criminal youth gangs and driving under the influence to organized crime and terrorism. In doing so, this important book will be of interest to scholars and students of policing, security studies and criminology, as well as practitioners and policy-makers.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Tore Bjørgo
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Norwegian Police University CollegeNorway
  2. 2.Norwegian Institute of International AffairsNorway

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-56978-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-56048-3
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