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Risk factors

Negative influences or circumstances in the lives of individuals, groups of persons, or communities. These may increase the presence of crime, victimization and/or fear of crime in a given community and may also increase the likelihood that individuals engage in crime and/or become victims. Risk factors can be divided into five general categories or domains: (1) individual characteristics; (2) peer group; (3) school; (4) family; and (5) neighbourhood/community (National Crime Prevention Centre, 2007). Examples of risk factors include poor parental supervision, low school attachment, and early aggression.

Source: reproduced with the permission of the Government of Canada

added by
Burkhard Hasenpusch
German Congress on Crime Prevention (GCOCP)

french: Facteurs de risque