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.

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 →

Criminology – TED-talks

Welcome back! I’d like to share some of my favourite TED talks in regards to crime and criminology. The talks are intended for any audience, so everyone can listen with no prior subject matter knowledge. TED stands for Technology Entertainment and Design, and has grown out of a conference dedicated to these ideas. Now, TED... Continue Reading →

So What Exactly is Criminology?

Hello! Welcome back. In this blog post, I thought I’d start with the basics, and talk about what Criminology actually is. This post is inspired by a few messages I’ve received recently, asking from friends how to go about being a criminologist too, so I’ve taken those questions and answered them here. Disclaimer: This was... Continue Reading →

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