5Is – book and other definitive material

The 5Is book

5Is book cover

Contents of 5Is book

  • Chapter 1 Introduction
  • Chapter 2 Implementation failure: the dismal story
  • Chapter 3 Implicated Ignorance and Culpable Confusion: The Contribution to Implementation Failure of Deficient Knowledge and Articulacy
  • Chapter 4 The Gift to be Simple? How Avoiding the Issue of Complexity Contributes to Implementation Failure
  • Chapter 5 Appropriate Complexity
  • Chapter 6 Specification for a Knowledge Framework
  • Chapter 7 Introducing the 5Is framework
  • Chapter 8 Conceptual Companions to 5Is: Defining Crime Prevention Activities, Institutional Contexts and Values
  • Chapter 9 A Companion Framework for Causes of Crime and Preventive Interventions: The Conjunction of Criminal Opportunity
  • Chapter 10 Presenting the Is in Detail
  • Chapter 11 Intelligence
  • Chapter 12 Intervention
  • Chapter 13 Implementation
  • Chapter 14 Involvement
  • Chapter 15 Impact & process evaluation
  • Chapter 16 Conclusion

Reviews of 5Is book

The latest formidable addition to a weighty series of security management hardbacks gives the definitive word for crime prevention practitioners. How do you prevent crime, then repeat the good work, in another town, or year? Paul Ekblom, a leading name in designing out crime, offers the 5Is framework. It may sound like a dieting plan. In fact it stands for intelligence, intervention,
implementation, involvement, impact. As Ekblom sums up, ‘while crime and its prevention are undoubtedly complex, the complexity can be tamed provided we develop suitable frameworks and languages to handle it within research and practice’. Even the simplest project can generate vast amounts of information (as a site surveyor could agree?!), but only some will be of use. As he admits, the short-term posts of staff, and changes in fashion and priorities can lead to ‘collective amnesia’. Ekblom can be your guide. My only quibble is that while the author writes clearly, some photos would be welcome. If you are wary of paying for the book, visit http://www.jdi.ucl.ac.uk, the website of the Institute of Crime Science at University College London, and try the free downloads of ‘How to Become a Problem Solving Analyst’.”

Berlusconi reviews 5Is

Well, Giulia Berlusconi actually! In European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, online first.

“…The clarity of the style makes the book enjoyable and allows the author’s reasoning to be easily followed. In Chapter 7, Ekblom identifies ground-level practitioners, delivery managers, and policy makers as his principal audience. Given the extensive use of examples from past crime-prevention projects, his book is actually a valid support for each of these three groups in their work. The book may also be attractive to researchers and students in applied criminology, as the 5Is Framework is not only a practical, but also a research, tool.”

5Is detailed guidance material and case studies

This is the latest master list of headings and subheadings for the 5Is knowledge capture framework, consistent with the 5Is book. The tasks within the 5Is process mode mirror these headings/ subheadings. The Word version of the master list is expandable/ collapsible for easier navigation:

5Is in other languages