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The falling carbon footprint of acquisitive and violent offences

Skudder, Helen, Brunton-Smith, Ian, Druckman, Angela, Cole, J and McInnes, A (2017) The falling carbon footprint of acquisitive and violent offences The British Journal of Criminology: an international review of crime and society.

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Cutting carbon emissions, wherever they occur, is a global priority and those associated with crime are no exception. We show that between 1995 and 2015 the carbon footprint of acquisitive and violent crime has dropped by 62%, a total reduction of 54 million tonnes CO2e throughout this period. Although the environmental harm associated with crime is likely to be considered lower in importance than social or economic impacts, a focus on reducing high carbon crimes (burglary and vehicle offences) and high carbon aspects of the footprint (the need to replace stolen/damaged property) could be encouraged. Failure to acknowledge these potential environmental benefits may result in crime prevention strategies being unsustainable and carbon reduction targets being missed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Environment and Sustainability
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Centre for Environmental Strategy
Authors :
Cole, J
McInnes, A
Date : 3 August 2017
DOI : 10.1093/bjc/azx009
Copyright Disclaimer : © The Author 2017. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (ISTD). This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Carbon cost of crime; crime harm; crime drop; crime prevention; crime and environment; environmental harm.
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 03 Feb 2017 09:30
Last Modified : 20 Jun 2018 11:02

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