chapter  17
Some Closing Thoughts on Crime Prevention and the Future
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Crime prevention encompasses a wide diversity of ideas and approaches. Indeed, no two individuals will necessarily see or defi ne crime prevention in exactly the same way. It is not unlike the old parable where several blind men are led to an elephant and asked to explain what it is in front of them. The individual touching the trunk will defi ne it differently than those persons touching a leg or the tail. While it may be easier for sighted people to provide a more complete description, it is still probable that each individual will emphasize or concentrate on different aspects of the elephant. Discussions of crime prevention often provide that same type of variation in explanations. Both the person relating the information and the individual hearing it may be envisioning slightly different things. While neither is inherently right or wrong, they are not exactly the same.