The problem of crime displacement
September 27, 2017Leave a comment
Have you ever asked yourself why, considering all the countermeasures that are put in place, does cargo theft continue to rise ?
According to a 2009 study, it’s all down to “crime displacement” theory.
“Crime displacement” is the relocation of crime (or criminals) as a result of police crime-prevention efforts. It’s the age-old game of whack-a-mole. You can’t be all places at all times. Whenever you begin focusing on one area in particular and try to crack down on efforts, you’re shifting resources away from other areas, creating opportunity. That’s precisely what thieves are on the lookout for and thrive on.
According to the study:
Theft risk arises from different theft opportunities that will always be present in the transport network. The theory of crime displacement provides one likely explanation as to why the absolute reduction, instead of a theft pattern alteration, is very difficult to achieve.
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