Crime Prevention and Security Management

Neighbourhood Watch in a Digital Age

Between Crime Control and Culture of Control

Authors: Lub, Vasco

  • Explores the digital surveillance revolution and how social media and smartphones have changed the landscape of public safety
  • Draws on original data to examine how neighbourhood watch groups have developed in the Netherlands and how their actions contribute to lower crime levels
  • Questions whether community crime prevention should be seen as a welcome civic instrument or a phenomenon adding to an undesirable culture of control
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About this book

Drawing on data from 340 municipalities in the Netherlands as well as ethnographic fieldwork, this book presents original research on neighbourhood watch groups to illustrate how their actions contribute to collective efficacy and lower crime levels. Technological developments like social media and smartphones have changed the landscape of coproduction in public safety, and this book addresses the resultant issues involved with creating effective policy. While digital innovations and securitization have made neighbourhood watch groups effective, they have simultaneously increased the risk of vigilantism, and Lub reveals how stigmatization, ethnic profiling and excessive social control are very real issues, especially in suburban middle-class districts. 

Crucially, this study raises questions about how the increasing popularity of community crime prevention in a digital age should be framed: as a welcome civic contribution to crime control, or as a social phenomenon adding to an undesirable culture of control. Criminologists, city officials, policy makers and anyone studying neighbourhood activism will find this a fascinating work on crime control. 

About the authors

Vasco Lub is an independent Dutch scholar (affiliated with Erasmus University Rotterdam) who works at the intersection of sociology and policy research. He publishes both nationally and internationally on urban issues, social policy, neighbourhood safety, civic participation and social research methodology.  

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • The Rise of Community Crime Prevention

    Lub, Vasco

    Pages 3-12

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  • Previous Research into Neighbourhood Watch

    Lub, Vasco

    Pages 13-18

  • Quantitative Data on Neighbourhood Watch in the Netherlands

    Lub, Vasco

    Pages 19-34

  • Watch Group 1: More than Just a Watch Group

    Lub, Vasco

    Pages 37-55

  • Watch Group 2: Countering Burglars

    Lub, Vasco

    Pages 57-72

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eBook 44,02 €
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Hardcover 57,19 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-67746-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Neighbourhood Watch in a Digital Age
Book Subtitle
Between Crime Control and Culture of Control
Authors
Series Title
Crime Prevention and Security Management
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-67747-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-67747-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-67746-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 150
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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