What Crime Prevention Theories are important to Policing?


If you have an example of a useful Crime Prevention Theory please email it to contact@futureofpolicing.com.  Please include the Title of the theory, the theory's Author, how to fine the theory (book or article), and a description as to why the theory is important to policing.


For a Crime Prevention Theory to be really great it must be applicable to the real world.  What would be great is some real world applications of Crime Prevention Theories.


I have heard some of the arguements about why different Crime Prevention Theories do not work:

  •  Broken Windows (Zero Tolerance and Order Maintenance)
    • Legal problems
    • Civil rights violations
    • Violent police
  • Problem Solving and Problem Oriented Policing
    • Difficult to master
    • Time consuming
    • Soft on crime
    • Too busy because of being incident driven
  • Community Oriented Policing
    • Soft on crime
    • Not clearly defined
    • Expensive programs
    • Ineffective programs

I would like to hear from someone where these programs have been very successful.  Success is not having a community policing unit, foot patrol, neighborhood watch, DARE and other like programs.

Success comes when the operation of the Police Department is led by these crime prevention theories.  For myself "Turnaround" and "Crime Fighter" are two books that illustrate what can be done if Police Departments operate or establish a game plan guided by these crime theories.


Let me know what you think - contact@futureofpolicing.com.



Crime Fighting Plans 

  • Follow the link for some notable Crime Fighting Plans