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Crime science has developed over the last ten years as a distinctive approach to studying crime, although its roots go back much further. It emphasises the importance of scientific method in understanding and dealing effectively with crime. It draws on any social or natural sciences that can help us better understand or deal with crime. It has a very strong applied orientation: it is concerned with improving the prevention, disruption and detection of crime.
This handbook provides the reader with a comprehensive understanding of the aspirations, main theories and methods of ‘crime science.’ The book starts with an exhaustive introduction from the editors exploring the aims, nature, current state and future directions of crime science; followed by a second section of pithy chapters by disciplinary specialists looking at contributions their sciences can make or have already made to crime science; and a third section that showcases a series of exemplary crime science studies that show the wide range of the kind of work that crime scientists do. A glossary is also included for key terms.
This book is essential reading for social scientists and scientists alike and marks a new phase in the study of crime and its detection and prevention.
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Richard Wortley is Professor of Security and Crime Science and Director of the Jill Dando Institute for Security and Crime Science at University College London. Aiden Sidebottom is a PhD student at the Jill Dando Institute for Security and Crime Science at UCL. Gloria Laycock is Professor and Director of the Doctoral Training Centre for Security Science at UCL. Nick Tilley is Professor of Security and Crime Science at the Dando Institute for Security and Crime Science at UCL.
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