Technology, crime and security

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The world of Crime Science and situational crime prevention has often drawn on technology for practical purposes. This will increase as the world in which crime is committed and prevented becomes ever more technologically based. However, with some notable exceptions, there has been little attempt to explicitly theorise about the role of technology in situational crime prevention.

The material on this page is intended to correct this deficiency – to relate technology to key concepts in situational crime prevention, with the aim of giving us a more self-aware and detached view of what technology is, and how it fits with Crime Science.


A major review of technology, crime and crime prevention is in this article:


The first presentation below focuses on drones, but with general lessons to be drawn. The rest cover the field of technology, opportunity and crime in general.