Children’s ability to avoid a danger of crime may depend on the way in which these dangers are predicted. Based on the concept of crime opportunity theory, community safety maps represent a learning tool that enhances one’s ability to recognize whether or not a location is prone to crime just by examining its landscape. This aspect resembles crime opportunity profiling conducted in the United Kingdom in that crime opportunity generators serve as the point of focus and that visual analysis and photographic image-based explanations of the potential crime scene are employed. After incorporating community safety maps in elementary school lessons, the following results were conformed to appear: an improvement in the risk prediction ability of children, the forming of social bonds that help prevent delinquency, and a decline in the occurrence rate of street crime.
- Crime opportunity
- Risk prediction
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Komiya, N. (2017). Community Safety Maps: Child-Driven Crime Opportunity Profiling. In: Freeman, C., Tranter, P., Skelton, T. (eds) Risk, Protection, Provision and Policy. Geographies of Children and Young People, vol 12. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-035-3_14
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