Social Change and Crime Rate Trends: A Routine Activity Approach

@article{Cohen1979SocialCA,
  title={Social Change and Crime Rate Trends: A Routine Activity Approach},
  author={Lawrence E. Cohen and Marcus Felson},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  year={1979},
  volume={44},
  pages={588-608}
}
In this paper we present a "routine activity approach" for analyzing crime rate trends and cycles. Rather than emphasizing the characteristics of offenders, with this approach we concentrate upon the circumstances in which they carry out predatory criminal acts. Most criminal acts require convergence in space and time of likely offenders, suitable targets and the absence of capable guardians against crime. Human ecological theory facilitates an investigation into the way in which social… 

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