Distinction between crime prevention and crime control

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Distinction between crime prevention and crime control

Post by steven0 on Sun Jan 31, 2016 10:50 pm

If I had to venture a guess, I'd say they are the same. I cannot think of examples off the top of head where a crime prevention measure would not be a crime control measure, and vice versa.

Sirbobby: I don't understand your reasoning at all. Can you give me a real life example of a crime prevention measure that isn't a crime control measure, or vice versa?

In particular, the spilling example seems irrelevant. For example, if I spill a drink on my floor, I can wipe up the spill, and the floor is back to the way it was -- that is, no damage. However, if someone robs you of your wallet at gunpoint, there's no way to turn back the clock. How can one be "reactive" to crime once a crime occurs? That makes no sense to me.

It seems to me any type of crime mitigation, whether you call it "prevention" or "control", is all proactive in the sense that we can only stop future crimes. We can't stop past crimes.

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Re: Distinction between crime prevention and crime control

Post by Allensmith on Mon Feb 01, 2016 7:13 pm

Great stuff shared about the distinction between crime prevention and crime control..

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