Crimes against passengers: Responding to theft, robbery, assault and indecent assault

23 June 2006  •  Author(s): Russell Morgan and Martha J. Smith

The response strategies discussed in this article provide a foundation of ideas for addressing particular problems. These strategies have been used in practice and/or suggested by researchers, and a small number have been evaluated. Several of these strategies may apply to the particular problems in your community. It is critical that you tailor responses to local circumstances, and that you can justify each response based on reliable analysis. Any intervention strategy should seek to address as many known contributing factors as possible. This is likely to mean a package of responses is required.

This article considers situational crime prevention responses that may be effective in reducing one or more categories of crime, although you will often need to use the response in a different way for each specific crime category and for different times and locations. The responses discussed below work by increasing the effort needed, increasing the risks, reducing the rewards, reducing provocations, or removing excuses for crime.

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