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Abstract:

Journal article
Crime Deterrence: Evidence From the London 2011 Riots
Brian Bell, Laura Jaitman and Stephen Machin
May 2014

The Economic Journal 124(576), 2014
DOI: 10.1111/ecoj.12137
https://academic.oup.com/ej/article/124/576/480-506/5077338


Tags: crime; deterrence; london; riots

Significant riots occurred in London in August 2011. The riots took place in highly localised geographical areas, with crime going up hugely in the affected sub-wards. The criminal justice response was to make sentencing for rioters much more severe. We show a significant drop in riot crimes across London in the six months after the riots, consistent with a deterrence effect from the tougher sentencing. More evidence of general deterrence comes from the observation that crime also fell in the post-riot aftermath in areas where rioting did not take place.

DOI: 10.1111/ecoj.12137
https://academic.oup.com/ej/article/124/576/480-506/5077338