Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: March 31, 2011 | DOI: 10.4135/9781446200926 | Print ISBN: 9781412920384 | Online ISBN: 9781446200926| Publisher:SAGE Publications LtdAbout this handbook
Chapter 14: Crime Science
Ronald V. Clarke
Crime science Crime science is a very recent addition to the criminological lexicon. It lacks a standard definition, few criminologists use the term routinely and even fewer might think of themselves as crime scientists. In fact, the term was created by Nick Ross, the presenter of BBC TV's monthly ‘Crimewatch’ program, who incorporated it in the name of the institute The Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science that he founded in 2001 at University College London (UCL) in memory of his murdered colleague. He chose the term crime science, not criminology, because he wanted the new institute to be focused exclusively on crime reduction, not merely on understanding and explaining crime, the traditional focus of criminology. And he chose UCL, not only because of its stellar reputation, but specifically because it did not have a department of criminology that might inhibit the growth and functioning of the new institute. While ...