was impressed by Barbara Woottons ( 1950 ) argument about the infinitely regressive nature of cause: The search for causal connections between associated phenomena simply resolves itself into a long process of explaining one association in terms of another. Preager Security International, Westport, CT; 2006. Without resolving the philosophical issues around the concept of cause, we simply decided to assert in Opportunity Makes the Thief that opportunity is an important cause of crime After Opportunity Makes the Thief Much has happened after publication of Opportunity Makes the Thief to reinforce. Crime as Opportunity, but twenty-two years how to write a case study anaysis later Felson and I felt able to claim that opportunity is a cause of crime (see. Google Scholar Wortley R,.: Reconsidering the role of opportunity in situational crime prevention.
( 1989 ) that the introduction of helmet laws in various countries had a dramatic effect in reducing theft of motorcycles, apparently because motorcycle thefts were frequently unplanned which meant that opportunistic thieves would be immediately noticed when riding past without a helmet. What has happened since claiming that opportunity causes crime? Judged by various government White Papers and other reports, the latest of which is The Government s Approach to Crime Prevention (Home Affairs Committee, 2010 situational crime prevention has directly contributed to crime policy thinking in the United Kingdom, if not also in some other. Google Scholar Hough M, Mayhew P: Situational crime prevention: The Home Office origins. If a person becomes ill with what are known as diabetic symptoms, we measure the sugar-content of his blood. To us these results were not in conflict, but to our critics they were seen as providing support for either side of the argument about the role of opportunity in crime.