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Community Crime Prevention

Course Code: CRIM 3385
Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department: Criminology
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course examines primary, secondary and tertiary approaches to the prevention of crime in order to provide students with a conceptual framework from which they can evaluate and create programs to reduce crime in the community. The conceptual framework will draw from principles of community and developmental psychology, environmental criminology and security administration. The emphasis in the course will be on the “environment,” including social, cultural and physical surroundings and finding ways, using planning, architecture, situational crime prevention, programming, and social justice means to reduce the amount of spatial clustering or “hot spots” of crime and development of crime.

Course Content

  1. Introduction to Crime Prevention (CP)
  2. Theoretical and Practical Development of Community-based Crime Prevention
  3. Defining Policy & Identifying Policy Directives, Applications & Implications for Crime Prevention
  4. Displacement, Human Mobility and Journey to Crime
  5. Crime Prevention and CPTED (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design)
  6. Urban Planning for Crime Prevention
  7. Situational Crime Prevention
  8. Developmental Crime Prevention
  9. Media Influence and Impact of Political Agenda Setting on Crime Prevention
  10. Evaluation of “what works” in Crime Prevention
  11. Problem Solving and Crime Analysis

Methods of Instruction

This course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including:

  • lectures
  • audio visual material
  • small group discussions
  • research projects and research papers

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy.  Evaluation will be based on the course objectives, and should include an applied group or individual project as a primary component of this applied course.  The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester.  An example of a possible evaluation scheme would be:

Midterm Exam  30%
Project Proposal  15%
Prevention Presentation  20%
Prevention Program (write up)  25%
Participation  10%
Total 100%

Learning Outcomes

After completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Apply the theoretical background of crime prevention
    • Explain how the environment influences behavior, mobility and crime opportunity
    • Utilize and apply the research base on journey to crime and displacement for prevention programs
    • Explain and apply the concept of ‘defensible space’
    • Design and create primary, secondary and tertiary crime prevention programs
    • Design urban planning modifications for crime prevention efforts
    • Explain and apply CPTED techniques in a real environment
    • Explain and apply Situational Crime Prevention techniques in a real environment
    • Design environmental modifications and/or programs for obstructing and reducing the opportunities for the commission of crimes

course prerequisites

15 credits of Criminology courses including CRIM 1150

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.