Web Exercises

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Exercise 1 


Leveraging information from this Chapter on Environmental Criminology, discuss how individual characteristics and the physical properties of space relate to crime and victimization through the creation of increased opportunities for motivated offenders to commit crime. 

Exercise 2 


Review the 25 Techniques of Situational Prevention.  Consider the following scenario:  You are the owner of a convenience store which has been robbed at gunpoint four (4) times in the past six (6) months.  The suspect comes late at night when there is substantial cash in the register drawer, comes through the poorly lit back door near the business office, points the gun at the clerk and demands all of the cash, Newport cigarettes and a plastic bag.  He takes the clerk’s cell phone and locks him in the restroom before leaving the store.    Use the 25 Techniques to identify and explain possible ways to increase the effort and risks, reduce the rewards, reduce provocations and to remove excuses.

Exercise 3


The 80-20 Rule (also called the Pareto principle) as applied to crime analysis states that crime is highly concentrated on particular people, places and things.  It further suggests that if we focus resources where crime is concentrated (on people, places and things), those efforts will yield the greatest preventive benefits.  For each of the five (5) labels provided on this site, provide a detailed example of how the 80-20 rule applies.  For instance, for hot products, speak to the top items stolen over time and consider which products have been hot across “all time”).

Exercise 4


Applying research to practice can be challenging.  Using the link above, scroll down to page 10 and read, “investigating the Applicability of the Near-Repeat Spatio-Temporal Phenomenon to Shot(s) Fire Incidents: A City-Level Analysis”.  Compare the contents of this application to the information provided in the text on near repeats.  Describe and demonstrate how you see the content in the book applied in this analytical article.