Crime Prevention 'Hit Rates': The Study of Efficiency in Resource Allocation for Crime Prevention

Graham Farrell, University of Cincinnati

Crime prevention has two principal requirements (1) knowing what prevention tactic to put in place, and (2) knowing where and when to put it. The study of the former is the field of situational crime prevention. The study of the latter is that of the allocation of scarce resources. A 'hit rate' standard is proposed which should allow comparison of allocative efficiency across different aspects of risk-focused policing and crime prevention. Victim survey data are used to determine hit rates for crime prevention that targets repeat victimization.

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Updated 05/20/2006