Guarding Against Crime

Guarding Against Crime

by Danielle M. Reynald


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Guarding Against Crime by Danielle M. Reynald

This ground-breaking book examines the critical role that citizens play in guarding against crime. By focusing on the ways in which residents are able to capably guard their residential environments from crime, Reynald shows how local residents function (or fail to function) as effective crime controllers. The studies contained herein are aimed at developing our theoretical, empirical and practical understanding of the function of the capable guardian as a critical, yet elusive actor in the crime event model. In lieu of utilizing secondary data sources for proxy measures, this book argues in favour of new, more direct measures of guardianship, employing direct methods of primary data collection in order to capture the action dimensions of capable guardianship, as well as various other environmental and contextual factors that affect it. It features observations of guardianship in action and interviews with guardians to elucidate the factors that empower guardians to make them capable of crime control.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781409411765
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/28/2011
Edition description: 1
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.46(w) x 9.37(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Danielle M. Reynald, Griffith University, Australia

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: guarding against crime; The guardians, guardianship and defensible space in residential crime prevention; Theories related to defensible space and guardianship of residential environments; Presenting guardianship in action: how local residents guard against crime; Observing guardianship in action: putting the model of active guardianship to the test; Environmental predictors of active residential guardianship; Daytime and nighttime guardianship and property crime: considering the offender's perspective; Supervision and residents' ability to detect potential offenders; Decision making by guardians affecting the decision to intervene; Supplement to chapters 8 and 9: supervision, intervention and the neighbourhood context; Conclusions and directions for the future; References; Index.

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