Using the WWW to Spread the Word About Practical Crime Prevention to Business Owners

Sharon E. Chamard, Rutgers University

Communicating research findings to laypeople is often a challenge for criminologists. Based on the model of the agricultural extension service, the Crime Prevention Service in Newark, NJ was established to disseminate information about inexpensive, practical situational crime prevention measures to small business people. After reviewing the literature and "translating" it for this audience, a web site with about 400 individual pages was created. Portions of this web site will be presented, along with details about usage and other efforts taken to reach out to local business owners.

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Updated 05/20/2006