Wrapping Up
ByMarcus Felson, Mary A. Eckert
Pages 4

Situational inducements are powerful, often helping youths to overcome self-controls and social bonds, and to outflank adult supervision. Neutralizations help people at various ages to suspend their own rules and deflect the intrusions of others. The grinding process of economic change leaves some local areas economically decimated and half-abandoned, making it difficult to prevent criminal takeovers, intimidation of residents, and unsafe childrearing. Creating neighborhood cohesion becomes nearly impossible in areas of concentrated disadvantage and unchecked decay. Policing with traditional methods becomes increasingly difficult in the old parts of town, but that does not mean the rest of the region is secure. The dispersal of population yields far too much space for police to patrol and distances that make it nearly impossible for police to stop a crime in progress. On the positive side, crime mapping is increasingly precise, helping to focus police efforts in time and space.