A Critical Evaluation of Routine Activities Theory

Laura Brandow (Hanson), University of South Florida
Katie Otermat, University of South Florida

ABSTRACT
In the criminological discipline, the Routine Activities approach was originally set forth by Lawrence Cohen and Marcus Felson (1979) and his highly recognized by researchers and practitioners alike. Routine Activities is a theory of crime, which looks at the convergence of a motivated offender, suitable target, and a lack of guardianship coming together in space and time to produce a criminal act. This theory has transcended from basic to applied research and from empirical testing to implementation in the criminal justice system. Our research intends to critically evaluate this approach, concentrating on some of the gaps and inconsistencies in it.

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