Situational Crime Prevention Evaluation Database

This is a collection of articles reporting evaluations of situational crime prevention initiatives. The collection is intended to facilitate research and assist practitioners in finding studies relevant to their current needs. It includes (1) a complete bibliographical listing of studies with links to full text versions (where available) and (2) the facility to sort the studies according to study outcome, research design, and various other case details.

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  • How did we choose the studies?

    Selection of Studies

    To be included in the collection an article must meet the following conditions:

    1. It must be in English;
    2. It must be published as a journal article, government report, organizational report or book (including book chapters);
    3. It reports an evaluation of a crime prevention effort that was predominantly or exclusively a situational intervention. In some cases the crime prevention effort might also include dispositional interventions (i.e. directed to modifying criminal motivation) but the situational intervention(s) must be predominant. The situational techniques employed in the intervention must be classifiable under Cornish and Clarke's (2003) listing of 25 situational crime prevention techniques;
    4. Studies that involve targeted police tactics are not included (even though they could have been classified as "strengthening formal surveillance"). Studies that use predominantly situational measures but which also involve some targeted police efforts are included.
    5. The evaluation must use some quantitative measure of crime;
    6. The article must report original research findings. Systematic reviews or other meta-analyses of prevention projects themselves are not included.
    7. In cases where the same project was reported in two different publications (e.g. in a government report and in a journal article), only the manuscript with the most detailed information is included.
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Search the Situational Crime Prevention Evaluation Database

Number of studies available in full text: 124

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narrow your search by sorting the case studies using the following steps:

Step 1: Choose Problem Type (Required)
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  • Violence
  • Burglary
  • Vehicle Related
  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Various
  • Disorder
  • Robbery
  • Fraud
Step 2: Choose Sorting Method (Required)
  • Environmental context of problems addressed
  • Type of Situational Crime Prevention Technique
  • Nature of tactic or intervention (e.g. street lighting; CCTV)
  • Source of data
  • Type of research design (e.g. time series, before-after w/ comparisons, etc.)
  • Whether cost/benefit analysis was computed
  • Whether displacement was examined.
  • Whether diffusion of benefits was examined.
  • Whether anticipatory benefits was examined.