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Crime in Developing Countries

Edited by Dr. Mangai Natarajan

It could be argued that many of the most serious crime problems are now to be found in developing countries. Yet these problems have received only scant attention from criminologists and crime scientists, most of who work in developed/Westernized nations. Crime scientists have a special role to play in studying these crimes because their work is oriented to solutions and it is this kind of practical help that the developing world most needs. Using crime opportunity theory, this issue examines a selection of these crimes from a crime science perspective. Many of the crimes included are relatively uncommon in the West: maritime piracy, illegal fishing, poaching of endangered animals, sexual harassment of women in public places, gang warfare and homicides and ransom kidnappings. So apart from being of value to developing countries, this issue will help to expand the agenda of crime science.
Collection published: 25 July 2015

  1. Research

    Disappeared persons and homicide in El Salvador

    During 2012–2013, the homicide rate in El Salvador came down from 69.9 to 42.2 per 100,000 population following a government brokered truce between the leaders of the two major gangs, Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio ...

    Carlos Carcach and Evelyn Artola

    Crime Science 2016 5:13

    Published on: 1 December 2016

  2. Research

    Street drug markets beyond favelas in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

    This study examines whether social disorganization mechanisms that explain clusters of street drug markets in socially disorganized neighborhoods in developed countries can also help explain geographical patt...

    Elenice Oliveira, Braulio Figueiredo Alves Silva and Marcos Oliveira Prates

    Crime Science 2015 4:36

    Published on: 2 December 2015

  3. Research

    Situational prevention and public transport crime in El Salvador

    By any standard, there is a serious problem of crime on the public transport system in El Salvador. Guided by crime opportunity theory, this study undertook a rapid assessment of the problem consisting of a sy...

    Mangai Natarajan, Ronald Clarke, Carlos Carcach, Carlos Ponce, Margarita Beneke de Sanfeliú, Dolores Escobar Polanco, Mario Chávez and Mauricio Shi

    Crime Science 2015 4:29

    Published on: 17 October 2015

  4. Research

    A spatio-temporal model of homicide in El Salvador

    This paper examines the spatio-temporal evolution of homicide across the municipalities of El Salvador. It aims at identifying both temporal trends and spatial clusters that may contribute to the formation of ...

    Carlos Carcach

    Crime Science 2015 4:20

    Published on: 22 August 2015