Using environmental criminology theories to compare ‘youth misuse of fire’ across age groups in New South Wales

Pooley, Kamarah & Ferguson, Claire (2015) Using environmental criminology theories to compare ‘youth misuse of fire’ across age groups in New South Wales. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology. (In Press)

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Youth misuse of fire is a substantive community concern. Despite evidence which indicates youths account for a significant proportion of all deliberately lit fires within Australia, an absence of up-to-date, contextually specific research means the exact scope and magnitude of youth misuse of fire within Australia remains unknown. Despite research suggesting com- monalities exist between youth misuse of fire and juvenile offending more broadly, misuse of fire is rarely explained using criminological theory. In light of this gap, a descriptive analysis of youth misuse of fire within New South Wales was performed. Routine Activity Theory and Crime Pattern Theory were tested to explain differences in misuse of fire across age groups. Results suggest these environmental theories offer useful frameworks for explaining youth misuse of fire in New South Wales. It is argued that the Routine Activity Theory and Crime Pattern Theory can be employed to better inform youth misuse of fire policy and prevention efforts.

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ID Code: 87855
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Arson, Crime pattern theory, firesetting, juvenile delinquency, routine activity theory
DOI: 10.1177/0004865815596794
ISSN: 0004-8658
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Criminological Theories (160204)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
Deposited On: 29 Sep 2015 23:19
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2015 05:51

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