Required Reading:

  1. Telep, C. W., Mitchell, R. J., and Weisburd, D. (2014). How much time should the police spend at crime hot spots? Answers from a police agency directed randomized field trial in Sacramento, California. Justice Quarterly, 31(5), 905-933. DOI: 10.1080/07418825.2012.710645 to an external site.


  1. Harding, D. J. (2021). Using ethnography to identify deviant behaviors, for the development of crime preventions. Journal of Applied Security Research, 1-22. DOI: 10.1080/19361610.2021.1956268 to an external site.


For your writing assignment, please answer the questions below using information from the assigned academic journal articles, the textbook, and external sources where appropriate. The answer to each question should be at least one paragraph (4-5 sentences minimum). To receive full credit, you must answer each of the following:

  1. Telep, Mitchell, and Weisburd (2014) discuss a crime reduction intervention involving sending 15-minutes police patrols to crime hot spot areas in Sacramento, California.
    1. What steps did the authors take to safeguard against threats to internal validity?
    2. What about the steps to counter threats to external validity?
  2. Harding (2021) sought to identify potentially deviant individuals and the communities that support them in order to develop and implement interventions to guide potential offenders along alternative non-deviant pathways. Specifically, Harding focused on burglary offenders.
    1. Briefly, summarize the approach used by Harding (2021) to solve his hypotheses.
    2. What were some of the results and what evidence was gathered to make such determinations? Discuss at least two findings.
    3. Harding notes several research limitations in the Discussion section. What might be some ways to avoid these limitations for future studies? Discuss at least two limitations and implications for future research.

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