In this post in our journey through Crime Analysis for Problem Solvers, we're up to Step 42- Reduce provocations. A few chapters back, in Step 38, we saw that there were 25 techniques of situational crime prevention that were divided up into these five categories:
- Increasing the effort of crime
- Increasing the risks
- Reducing the rewards
- Reducing provocations
- Removing excuses
Sometimes crimes and disorder occur because of provocation. If you walked into a biker bar and shouted something rude about bikers' mothers to the assembled multitude you probably shouldn't be surprised if you get thumped by some hairy tattoo'd guy wearing a leather vest and motorcycle boots. Not all provocations are quite as obvious as this, but you get the point.
The authors suggest a number of broad ways to reduce provocation. They are:
- Reduce frustration and stress
- Avoid disputes
- Reduce arousal and temptation
- Neutralize peer pressure
- Discourage imitation
Examine your crime problem for a provocative trigger. If you can reduce or mitigate this provocation, your problem might be reduced.
Next time, we'll look at Step 43 - Remove excuses for crime.