This theme focuses on specific types of crime and the situations that aid their commission. Of central importance to this approach is the role that criminal opportunities play in determining the how, where and when of crime problems. These patterns are crucial in designing crime prevention interventions, as they permit an understanding of the opportunity structure of crimes. The overwhelming majority of criminal decisions are opportunistic, so reducing the supply of criminal opportunities serves to make crimes more difficult to commit, offenders easier to catch, and future crime problems easier to anticipate.
Theme Leader of Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis: Associate Professor Michael Townsley
- Place-based criminology
- Crime scripts
- Guardianship in action
- Environmental corrections
- Computational criminology (e.g. predictive policing, simulation modelling)