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Title: Techno-surveillance of the roads: High impact and low interest
Authors: Corbett, C
Keywords: Roads technology;Vehicle-related crime;Crime prevention;Surveillance
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Citation: Crime Prevention and Community Safety: An International Journal. 10(1): 1-18, Feb 2008
Abstract: Road crashes and road crime are huge international problems produced by global society’s increasing dependence on motorised transport. To help reduce these crash and crime statistics, roads technology is rapidly developing to prevent the former and deter the latter. This technology largely works by vehicle surveillance, and as with surveillance technology used in other arenas of crime prevention, drawbacks and dangers go along with the safety and security enhancing aspects. This paper reviews some key emerging roads technologies, the theoretical concerns raised by them and how, through various theoretical frameworks, they could be explored by the discipline of criminology. It urges that the surveillance aspects of road crime prevention and the study of vehicle-related crime more generally would benefit from criminological consideration and be theoretically rewarding. Moreover, in view of the centrality of the roads in contemporary life and the extent of global harm caused there, it contends that criminology should engage with this terrain.
Description: Copyright © 2010 Palgrave Macmillan. This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Crime Prevention and Community Safety. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Crime Prevention and Community Safety 10(1): 1-18 is available online at the link below.
ISSN: 1460-3780
Appears in Collections:Law
Dept of Politics, History and Law Research Papers

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