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Making Public Places SaferSurveillance and Crime Prevention$
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Brandon C. Welsh and David P. Farrington

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195326215

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326215.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.3) 1 Introduction
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Making Public Places Safer
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Brandon C. Welsh

David P. Farrington

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326215.003.0001

This introductory chapter explains the theme of this book, which is about surveillance systems and crime prevention. It evaluates the effectiveness of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras and improved street lighting in reducing crime in public spaces, and discusses the politics, theory, and methodology that are central to the study of public-area surveillance and crime prevention. The chapter explores policy choices, challenges, and future directions in the use of these public-area-surveillance methods and evaluates the scientific evidence on the effectiveness of the major forms of surveillance that are designed to prevent crime in public places.

Keywords:   surveillance systems, crime prevention, CCTV cameras, street lighting, public places, scientific evidence

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