This book offers an introduction to crime science; it is specifically for police and security professionals. Written by one of the founders of crime science and an expert in crime reduction, it considers the unique characteristics of the approach, its applicability to the control of crime, disorder and terrorism, and the importance of experimentation and the testing of new ideas to build a knowledge base for ethical

policing. Core content includes:

  • The basics of crime science in concept, theory and practice;
  • Methods of research and assessment used by crime scientists;
  • Crime science and policing, including its application to volume crimes, serious crimes and investigation;
  • Legitimacy and public compliance;
  • Policing, science, and future crimes.

This book is essential reading for all students of professional policing, as well as those interested in crime and its control, reduction, and prevention.

chapter |2 pages


part 1|65 pages

The basics of crime science

chapter Chapter 1|18 pages

Defining crime science

chapter Chapter 2|13 pages

Useful concepts and ideas

chapter Chapter 3|17 pages

Problem-solving and problem-oriented policing

chapter Chapter 4|15 pages

Legitimacy and public compliance

part 2|33 pages

Methods of investigation used by crime scientists

chapter Chapter 5|14 pages

Finding patterns

chapter Chapter 6|17 pages

Assessment and learning

part 3|88 pages

Crime control in practice

chapter Chapter 7|18 pages

Dealing with volume crimes

chapter Chapter 8|17 pages

Dealing with serious and organised crime

chapter Chapter 9|18 pages

Demand management

chapter Chapter 10|16 pages

Solving crimes using science

chapter Chapter 11|17 pages