Third-party policing and insurance: The case of market-based crime prevention

Sharyn Roach Anleu, Lorraine Green Mazerolle, Lois Presser

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    This paper examines a relatively new trend: market-based crime prevention. The insurance firm is an exemplary agent of this new type of crime prevention. Although the traditional focus of insurance has been on losses sustained after a crime or other catastrophe, we explore the shift from reactive to proactive crime management by the insurance industry. This trend is part of a more general decentralization of policing, from state-controlled agents to community- and market-based third parties. New ideologies support these shifts, including an actuarial logic about crime and a view of the prudent person.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)67-87
    Number of pages21
    JournalLaw and Policy
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2000


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