Understanding Security and Crime Prevention: What Can We Learn From Talking to Offenders?
4, 2003, 5.30pm, University of Leicester, Ken Edwards Building
Open to the public and free
the extensive amount of debate about the best ways to prevent crime, very little
effort has been made to understand offenders' perspectives.
this presentation Professor Martin Gill, Professor of Criminology at the
University of Leicester, will report on what offenders say are the limitations
of contemporary crime prevention and security measures with some fascinating
insights - 'just about the only people who will not be surprised will be
offenders themselves', says Professor Gill.
Gill will report for the first time on a study which is based on interviews with
thieves, robbers, burglars and fraudsters. He will also illustrate the
advantages of the 'videocam' where offenders return to crime scenes to show on
camera how they circumvent measures designed to stop them: "I want people
to see for themselves just how offenders behave -that is how we can pick up new
tricks for prevention."
Gill added: "What is striking is the ease with which offenders are able to
make money from crime. They are all too often shameless and successful and we
have to listen to what they say, the dangers of not doing so are too serious to
Gill was formerly Director of the University's Scarman Centre and is now
Director of Perpetuity Research and Consultancy International (PRCI), a company
of which the University has part-ownership. Professor Gill is a regular
contributor to media debates and has worked extensively on a range of
Professor Gill can be contacted at work 0116 252 5709, mobile 0774 028 4286 or
by email: email@example.com.
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