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Wide ranging book about crime
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 October 2013
This is an interesting book, though I am surprised by the proportion of five star reviews is has received. Its basic premise is that crime isn't caused by criminals (?!) but by an excess of temptation and opportunity, and that the way to reduce it is not by catching and punishing the perpetrators, but by reducing temptation and opportunity. This applies to all forms of crime including (controversially) sex crimes including rape. Nick Ross has clearly done his research, but the book would have been much more convincing had this been properly referenced. We are directed to a web site to find said references, but I found this difficult. It would have been better to have them in the book. Ross attracted criticism for many of his pronouncements, especially those on sex crimes, but really they are mostly common sense backed up by research, and we should be able to discuss such things without knee jerk reactions from certain quarters. His calls for better crime prevention and for a more scientific approach to crime reduction are to be applauded. As for crime not being caused by criminals, I think he is on shakier ground here, and far less convincing.
I read the Kindle version of this book, and was annoyed by the different font sizes used. The difference is so great that I had to change the font size on my Kindle every time I came across a section in small print. Having these sections in such small print was unnecessary, and could put people off reading the book, which is a pity as this is a book that deserves to be read.