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Understanding Security and Crime Prevention: What Can We Learn From Talking to Offenders?

December 2002

No 280

February 4, 2003, 5.30pm, University of Leicester, Ken Edwards Building
Open to the public and free

Despite the extensive amount of debate about the best ways to prevent crime, very little effort has been made to understand offenders' perspectives.

In 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.

Professor 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."

Professor 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 contemplate."

Martin 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 criminological topics.

NOTE TO NEWSDESK: Professor Gill can be contacted at work 0116 252 5709, mobile 0774 028 4286 or by email:

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