Crime Opportunity Myth



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The myth that opportunity is a cause of crime

Many criminologists, 'crime scientists', national and local government departments and police forces believe that Marcus Felson's notion of crime opportunity shows that such 'opportunity' is a cause of crime. In fact Felson’s causal notion of crime opportunity is simply a truism masquerading as causality.


The Crime Opporttunity Myth has been bust in the following peer reviewed publication:


Free peer-to-peer articles on this subject can be accessed here:

  1. Opportunity Does Not Make the Thief: Busting the Myth that Opportunity is a Cause of Crime
  2. Contingency Makes or Breaks the Thief: Introducing the Perception Contingency Process Hypothesis
  3. Crime Opportunity and the Art of War and Driving: Thieves and Dealers in Stolen Goods are Like Warmongering Invaders and Motorists at a Juncture of Appropriate Circumstances for Aggressive Action




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