Criminal Justice-COLL | Crime Prevention
P300 | 34224 | Verma

How do criminals choose their targets? Why do corner plots get hit
more often and why is graffiti seen on some walls and not on others?
There are understandable patterns in crime and overwhelming evidence
that crime has a skewed distribution. Some places have more crimes
than others while some periods of time pose greater risk of
victimization than other periods. All these are an indication that
offenders make a rational choice in choosing their targets. These
decisions are guided by many factors such as time, place, offence
type, absence of guardian or police, perceived opportunities and
cost benefit ratio.

This course attempts to answer some of these questions in several
ways. We first analyze criminal behavior and victimization from the
theoretical perspective of Environmental Criminology and understand
how situational techniques can be applied for their prevention. By
drawing from a variety of sources (e.g. architecture, ecology,
sociology, geography, anthropology, psychology, urban planning and
criminology) we also explore the macro and micro level environments
that affect crime and victimization. In particular, we examine
specific criminal events, including terrorism in the context of
routine activities and movement patterns in everyday life. To
understand the importance of environmental features in creating
opportunities for crimes a number of projects are given where land
usage, residential layouts, street networks, transportation systems
and different regular activities of the place are studied. We then
investigate ways in which situational methods may be applied for
preventing criminal behavior in these physical and social settings.

Class meeting:  Tuesday and Thursday, 5:45-8:15


Instructor:  Professor Arvind Verma, criminal justice department