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Getting a Handle on Crime: A Further Extension of Routine Activities Theory

NCJ Number
Security Journal Volume: 24 Issue: 2 Dated: April 2011 Pages: 179-193
Marie Skubak Tillyer; John E. Eck
Date Published
April 2011
15 pages
This study examined handlers who contol offenders and the routine activities theory.
Routine activities theory has had considerable influence, stimulating subsequent theoretical development, generating an empirical literature on crime patterns and informing the design of prevention strategies. Despite these numerous applications of the theory to date, a promising vein for theoretical development, research and prevention remains untapped. The concept of handlers, or those who control potential offenders, has received relatively little attention since introduced by Felson (1986). This article examines the reasons for the lack of attention to handlers and extends routine activities theory by proposing a model of handler effectiveness that addresses these issues. In addition, the model explicitly links routine activities theory with two of its complements - the rational choice perspective and situational crime prevention - to articulate the mechanism by which handling prevents crime. The authors conclude by discussing the broad range of prevention possibilities offered by the model of handler effectiveness. (Published Abstract)


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