'Informal social control and crime prevention: Do the actions of ordinary citizens prevent crime?

  • Rebecca Wickes (Keynote/plenary speaker)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference


Despite the centrality of the ordinary citizen in community crime prevention theory and practice, we know little about the factors that influence residents’ responses to crime and even less about whether their actions reduce crime over time. Drawing on unique longitudinal survey data and case studies from the Australian Community Capacity Study, this presentation examines how residents perceive and respond to neighbourhood problems and whether their actions reduce drug crime, property crime and violence. By examining the individual, household, and community level predictors of crime control actions and the kinds of actions residents employ in response to local problems, I reveal the limits of informal social control and identify important insights and future directions for community crime prevention policy, practice and research.
Period6 Jun 2018
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational