Apathy. The Bystander Effect is when we don't offer help, or we are less likely to offer help, to when other people are present. Studies have shown that individually up to 70% of people will assist, but as a group under 40% of us will. Everyone has been a bystander at some point of their... Continue Reading →
Why are police uniforms blue?
What's the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of police? Is it arguably the worlds' most famous police force, the N.Y.P.D? Or is it a blue uniform? I was very lucky to get a last minute ticket to Real Living's interior design series in Melbourne last year. A friend is in... Continue Reading →
CPTED on the High Line in NYC
Hello! Crime prevention principles can be found everywhere! Yesterday I walked along the New York City High Line, which is a park 30 feet in the air. It's on an old rail line. This park would be absolutely stunning in summer, and was great to walk along in winter to take some Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design... Continue Reading →
White Collar Crime Class @ Laneway Learning July 6!
Hello everyone! I'm teaching a White Collar Crime class at Laneway Learning in Melbourne on July 6, 2015. I'm super excited - this is my second time teaching this class and my third teaching for Laneway. My last class sold out (ace!), and I'm excited to do it again. For information and booking, click here: Laneway... Continue Reading →
Boronia Heights College Vandalism
Hello! A slightly more emotional post from me this week. My old school, Boronia Heights, has been quite badly vandalised since closing at the end of the school year on 2014. I'd like to talk about how and why this happened, although as I have a personal investment in this, it's likely to sound more... Continue Reading →
Clunes Book Festival – The Market Reduction Approach (aka how to stop things getting nicked at a market!)
How do you stop theft or other crowd related activity (i.e. pickpocketing, especially wallets and mobile phones)? One of the answers is spacing. Make sure you give people room to look at items freely, without having to stand close to someone. Shop theft largely occurs due to opportunity - i.e. lack of surveillance (either a shop keeper or CCTV, usually both), an item that's easy to pickpocket, and a split-second decision to take the item. Clues Booktown did this really well.
Where are all the Women Online?
I was watching Q&A a few weeks ago which was quite a random show at best, filmed live in Australian cities with a live audience. In Australia, there are articles everyday on mainstream news-sites about terrorism - more specifically about ISIS. On Q&A, one suggestion by a male panel member was to create programs to discourage... Continue Reading →
Homes for the homeless: ‘The surprisingly simple way Utah solved chronic homelessness and saved millions’
Hello! Just wanted to share this amazing article, which is inspiring but also a little depressing at the same time! 'Utah have taken a Housing First approach in tackling crime since 2004. It's now years later. And these days, Mr Walker says, the state saves $US8000 ($10,271) per homeless person in annual expenses. And now, the... Continue Reading →
‘Gee Officer Krupke’ and Juvenile Delinquency
I was in the car yesterday, and 'Gee Officer Krupke' from West Side Story started playing on my car stereo. It’s a brilliant song about Juvenile Delinquency - sums up the whole theory around what causes JD in a very tidy time of approximately 4 minutes. At the start of the song, Action, the leader of the... Continue Reading →
Why Culture Counts in Criminology
In my second post, I talked about what Criminology is: 'Basically it’s the study of crime – who causes, why and how to prevent it. Then the idea is that you can use that information once you are employed to better understand and respond to crime, and prevent it in the future.' Without something being deemed... Continue Reading →
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