ABSTRACT

The premise underlying repeat victimization is that if you want to know where a crime will occur next, look at where it happened last. This premise may be considered to be at the heart of crime prevention. Crime prevention, furthermore, is at the heart of problem-oriented policing; the best solution to crime problems is to prevent them from occurring. This approach places offenders in a larger context, it shifts the focus from looking at why people commit crime to looking primarily at why crime occurs with specific persons and in specific settings. The emphasis is on trying to reduce the opportunities for crime.