Criminologists help the municipality of Rotterdam to understand criminal behaviour

The Criminology department of Erasmus School of Law has, on behalf of the cluster ‘Maatschappelijke Ondersteuning’ of the municipality of Rotterdam, published a research report on the scientific state of affairs regarding the most important factors in the involvement in criminal behaviour.

The research report uses existing review studies. The results of which are summarized, distinguishing between four different types of crime: general offending, juvenile delinquency, cybercrime and involvement in organized crime. The study's main factors can be summarized in the following domains: personal characteristics, the family, peers and groups, school and work, and contextual and neighbourhood factors.

The municipality of Rotterdam hopes to be able to integrate the information from the research report into a broader model that provides insight into which factors contribute to a "promising, safe and healthy life". The municipality of Rotterdam hopes to make scientifically substantiated choices, based on this model and the input of Erasmus School of Law, about policy measures and the use of municipal resources. An important recommendation of the criminologists of Erasmus School of Law is to not only adopt a one-sided repressive approach to crime, but to look at a broader spectrum of measures.

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Read the full Dutch research report (Risico-, versterkende en beschermende factoren voor crimineel gedrag: Een literatuuronderzoek naar de wetenschappelijke stand van zaken) here.