Reviews and statements on Tore Bjørgo's books «Preventing Crime» and «Strategies for Preventing Terrorism».
"This book deserves to be read by both researchers and practitioners, especially in Anglophone countries. It is refreshing in its emphasis on the importance of theory as well as evidence. The stimulus of the approach used, many of the examples of preventive work described, and much of the research that is drawn on, come from Scandinavian countries and Norway in particular. There is much for the rest of the world to learn from their experience." Nick Tilley, University College London
«Preventing Crime is an ambitious book. The goal of the book is «to develop a general, comprehensive model for preventing crime.» Though Tore Bjørgo is not the first to attempt such an undertaking, he is certainly among the most successful in such an endeavor. He proposes a strategy built on nine prevention mechanisms that have broad applicability to a wide range of crime. This book will prove to be «required reading» for those who study, formulate and apply crime prevention policy.»
Scott H. Decker. PhD. Foundation Professor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Arizona State University
«It's an original and important contribution. [Dr. Bjørgo’s] ability to deduce a general framework for thinking about crime prevention, and to illustrate its applicability across different forms of criminality, adds significant value to the existing literature. [His] approach is at once theoretically grounded and analytically rigorous, while also having real-world implications in terms of understanding past attempts at crime prevention and in thinking strategically about future efforts.»
Dr. Peter Romaniuk, Associate Professor of Political Science, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the City University of New York.
«This book should not only be available at police stations and city halls. It should be read and used by everyone whose task it is to prevent crime.»
Yngve Carlsson, special advisor on crime prevention, The Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities.
«In this book, Dr. Bjørgo presents a promising integrative model of crime prevention that is based on nine preventive mechanisms. The model is applied to a wide range of phenomena (organized and gang related crime, burglary, drunken driving). Practitioners and scholars that want to learn more about crime prevention in Scandinavia need to read this book.»
Lieven J.R. Pauwels, Professor, Department of Criminology, Ghent University
«Professor Bjørgo's book will be a useful guide for everyone involved in interagency cooperation and the joint efforts necessary to increase public safety through preventing crime.»
Erik Nadheim, Director of the Norwegian National Crime Prevention Council
Bjørgo’s model works as a practical and logical framework for everyone with an interest in crime preventive efforts. The model is well founded in empirical data and theory. The concept of «mechanism» may appear somewhat instrumental. However, the ways Bjørgo links it with context makes the model dynamic and applicable to the field of practice. An obvious strength of the book is the way its solid references to research is coupled to concrete and comprehensible examples and measures. The book should not just be placed in the crime prevention agent’s toolbox - it is to a large extent the toolbox.
Vegard Schancke. forebygging.no
«Strategies for Preventing Terrorism is an important book for those who study terrorism and terrorists. But it is more than that. Because of its effective integration into mainstream criminology and criminal justice practice, this book should have wider readership among scholars and practitioners. Bjørgo builds on a number of theories (deterrence, life course, rational choice) and study topics (recruitment and joining groups, group process, desistance) that [will] resonate with criminologists and criminal justice policy makers and practitioners.»
Prof. Scott Decker, book review in Crime, Law and Social Change. See Scott Decker’s full review in Crime, Law and Social Change.
«The book is an eye-opener - once you have read it you wonder how we could fail to see the problem of prevention of terrorism in any other terms. It should be on the desk of every counter-terrorism professional.»
Alex P. Schmid, Fellow of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT), editor-in-chief of Perspectives on Terrorism
«This book provides a blueprint for future scholarship in a wide range of criminological scenarios. It looks set to become a seminal and landmark text in a field of study that is in urgent need of the theoretical clarity and rigour that it possesses.»
Robert Lambert, University of St. Andrews, UK
«By providing such a comprehensive, systematic and integrated framework to identify the components that constitute an effective counter-terrorism campaign, this short book is bound to be considered as one of the classical works in the discipline of counterterrorism studies.»
Dr. Joshua Sinai, book review in Perspectives on Terrorism. See Joshua Sinai’s full review in Perspectives on Terrorism.
The book "Strategies for Preventing Terrorism" has also been translated into Chinese and published by Chinese People's Public Security University Press.