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Lecture 17

ANTHRO 169 Lecture 17: ANTHRO. 169_ WEEK 6 - WEDNESDAY LECTUREPremium

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Jeffrey Brantingham

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Cues and Offender Time
Prelude – incident – aftermath
Offender Convergence Settings
- The cues are the steps that are in favor to the prelude.
- Places where offenders like to converge and exercise criminal acts.
- Places that are good for convergence gives them the freedom to exercise certain actions
and behaviors.
- It is an informal setting, which gives them the freedom to take advantage of certain
opportunities that come their way because their behavior is not being monitored.
- In formal setting where they can converge, the offender also benefits from these areas
because they are able to obtain information crucial to the occurence of a crime..
They might hear someone talk about a house that will be empty for a weekend
and offender use this information to plan a robbery.
These are opportunities for offenders to commit crimes, whether they find
themselves in regulated or unregulated settings.
Public Convergence Settings
- Places like public parks are spaces that people can pretty much engage in any activity of
their choice; make take criminal opportunities in these spaces; less chances of them
getting caught by the police.
Private Convergence Settings
- These areas are closed off to the public; but these spaces are useful for offender because
there is limited interference; these spaces can be regulated and may easily engage in
criminal activity.
Incident Settings
- There are certain clues and incident settings that favor and facilitate criminal action.
- These spaces must be free of surveillance and law enforcement.
- Areas that may facilitate victimizing people.
- Ex: Areas that may have graffiti on the walls are setting cues that
offenders seek out for in order to engage in criminal acts.
Private Incident Settings: the home
- Homes are the spaces where crime happens the most.
- Usually homes do not have a form of professional surveillance and supervision to protect
the home; usually just the people inside the house are the only ones supervising the
- Streets are to some extent safer than homes when it comes to crime.
- Houses are in fact the most dangerous places in the US.
- The environmental settings in the home alter criminal incidents.
- Private buildings are also major targets where crime occurs the most.
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