Rural crime and community safety – new research from Sweden

The NRCN has been advised of a new piece of research in to crime in rural areas and rural community safety.

With her new book “Rural crime and Community Safety” (2015, Routledge) ( Associate Professor Vania Ceccato seeks to add to the knowledge base on crime and perceived safety as well as crime prevention in rural areas. These issues are still very neglected fields in both criminology and in rural studies. The book provides an overview of crime and safety issues in rural areas using a Sweden as a case in point. This is also significant because most of the international literature is based on cases from North American and British studies. Professor Cecatto, a Brazilian citizen who has lived in Europe for over 20 years, is currently a researcher at Department of Urban Planning and Environment, at the School of Architecture and the Built Environment, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.

“Rural crime and Community safety” is divided in to 6 parts as follows:-

Part 1: Introduction

  1. Aim, scope and book structure
  2. Crime and safety in rural areas
  3. Definitions, theory, and research making

Part 2: Trends and patterns of crime

  1. Rural-urban crime trends in an international perspective
  2. The geography of property and violent crime in Sweden

Part 3: Perceived safety in rural areas

  1. The nature of perceived safety in rural areas
  2. Perceived safety in Swedish rural areas

Part 4: Crime in a rural context

  1. Farm crimes and environmental and wildlife offences
  2. Youth in rural areas
  3. Violence against women in rural communities

Part 5: Policing and crime prevention in rural Sweden

  1. Police, rural policing and community safety
  2. Prevention of farm crimes and crimes against nature
  3. Crime prevention in rural areas: Youth-related challenges
  4. Challenges to preventing women abuse in rural communities

Part 6: The difference that rural makes

  1. Lessons from rural Sweden and looking ahead.

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