Preventing Crime at Assemblies

Drs. Tamara D. Herold and Bernd Bürger examine crowd dynamics from a crime prevention perspective. They describe how crowds create crime opportunities and present three theories – routine activity theory, rational choice theory, and situational crime prevention – that can explain crowd behaviors and help develop crime interventions. The RDFC international model and 4D tactic, two assembly-focused crime prevention and training frameworks, are offered to improve safety and police-crowd interactions. They conclude with recommendations that will help police take immediate steps to better prevent and respond to crowd-related crime.

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