Julian V. Roberts and Ross Hastings
This article focuses on public opinion with regards to crime prevention. It analyzes research on public attitudes toward crime preventions, which shows that the public has a complicated view of crime and its causes. It then examines the political and news media context where public attitudes are considered, as well as the public's belief that the main causes of crime and the responsibility for prevention are located outside the criminal justice system. Next, it focuses on the public perceptions of the most effective responses to crime and the public support for prevention and punishment. This article concludes with a report on the public awareness of prevention initiatives.