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Crime Prevention in the 21st Century

Insightful Approaches for Crime Prevention Initiatives

  • Benoit LeClerc
  • Ernesto U. Savona


  • Presents innovative techniques for crime prevention and reduction

  • Demonstrates applications of crime prevention for traditional and emerging crime problems

  • Provides directions for future development and research


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Benoit Leclerc, Ernesto U. Savona
    Pages 1-6
  3. The Offenders’ Perspective on Crime Prevention

  4. Crime Script Analysis

  5. Crime Mapping and Spatial Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Michael Townsley
      Pages 101-112
  6. Social Network Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Giulia Berlusconi
      Pages 129-141
    3. Jasmin Randle, Gisela Bichler
      Pages 165-186
    4. Andrea Giménez-Salinas Framis, Sonia Fernández Regadera
      Pages 187-211
  7. Agent-Based Modelling

About this book


This volume brings together a series of original contributions made by international experts dedicated to guiding efforts in preventing crime. The collection is divided into seven sections that cover cutting edge approaches to crime prevention: 

1) the offenders’ perspective on crime prevention
2) crime script analysis 
3) crime mapping and spatial analysis
4) social network analysis
5) agent-based modelling
6) crime-proofing legislations 
7) technologies of crime prevention

Each section includes one theoretical chapter to introduce the research approach followed by a series of empirical/applied contributions. The theoretical chapter aims to introduce and explain the approach of interest and discusses under which circumstances this strategy could best assist crime prevention. The objective of empirical/applied contributions is simply to showcase how these approaches can be apply.

This collection can be seen as the end result of the convergence of novel ideas and analytical skills in the area of crime and crime prevention worldwide. It will be of interest to researchers in Criminology and Criminal Justice, as well as related fields like Sociology and Psychology, Security, Urban Planning, and Public Policy.


Crime Deterrance Crime Mapping Crime Prevention Techology Cybercrime Environmental Criminology Situational Crime Prevention

Editors and affiliations

  • Benoit LeClerc
    • 1
  • Ernesto U. Savona
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Criminology and Criminal JusticeGriffith UniversityBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore-TranscrimeMilanoItaly

About the editors

Benoit Leclerc is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. He has been involved in research and clinical work with adolescent and adult sex offenders at the Philippe-Pinel Institute of Montréal for 7 years and received his Ph.D. from the Université of Montréal, Canada. His research interests include script analysis, environmental criminology and situational crime prevention, and sexual offending. He is the lead investigator of a funded project on the study of the effectiveness of situational prevention to prevent sexual offences. 

Ernesto U. Savona, is Director of TRANSCRIME, Joint Research Centre of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and the Università degli Studi di Trento and Editor-in-Chief of European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research (Springer). Since 2003, he has been professor of Criminology at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. From 1986 to 2002, he was professor of Criminology at the Faculty of Law at the Università degli Studi di Trento. From 1971 to 1986, he was associate professor at the Faculty of Statistical Sciences at the Università “La Sapienza” in Rome. He is Past President of the European Society of Criminology (2003/2004) and Chair for the term 2011-2012 of the Global Agenda Council on Organized Crime of the World Economic Forum. Professor Savona is a member of the European Commission experts group on policy needs for data on crime and criminal justice and of the expert group on Firearms. His research interests and key publications include books and articles on organized crime, money laundering and corruption. He has developed for the 6th EU Research Framework Programme the crime-proofing approach aimed at preventing opportunities for crime inadvertently created by regulation.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Crime Prevention in the 21st Century
  • Book Subtitle Insightful Approaches for Crime Prevention Initiatives
  • Editors Benoit LeClerc
    Ernesto U. Savona
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology Law and Criminology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-27791-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-80218-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-27793-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 396
  • Number of Illustrations 25 b/w illustrations, 20 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Criminology and Criminal Justice, general
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“This is a substantial publication at almost 400 pages, and has been nicely produced by the publisher. … The book also provided some exciting illustrations of how the various techniques might further the cause of crime prevention. The task now is to implement and evaluate more of these potentially fruitful approaches and to contribute to what we know might work, where and how.” (Gloria Laycock, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books,, July, 2017)