Are images of seized knives an effective crime deterrent? A comparative thematic analysis of young people’s views within the Scottish context

COGAN, Nicola, CHAU, Yvonne Chin-Van, RUSSELL, KIrsten, LINDEN, Will, SWINSON, Nicola, ECKLER, Petya, KNIFTON, Lee, JORDAN, Vicki, WILLIAMS, Damien, COLEMAN, Charlotte and HUNTER, Simon C. (2021). Are images of seized knives an effective crime deterrent? A comparative thematic analysis of young people’s views within the Scottish context. [Pre-print] (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    The urgency to reduce knife carrying has been recognised by police services within Scotland and has been addressed by initiatives such as the sharing of knife seizure images on media outlets. This study sought to explore young peoples’ views on the use of knife seizure images as a deterrent to carrying knives by using comparative individual interviews (N = 20) with photo elicitation. Three themes were discovered: (1) negative reactions towards images of seized knives, (2) images of knives may encourage rather than deter knife carrying, and (3) reinforcement of existing beliefs, stereotypes and stigma. These findings highlight the limitations of using knife seizure images as a deterrent and the importance of involving young people in developing preventative and non-discriminatory approaches to tackling knife crime.

    Item Type: Pre-print
    Additional Information: Currently published in pre-print until published by Journal of Youth Studies
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Sociology; 1303 Specialist Studies in Education; 1608 Sociology; 1701 Psychology
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/ma6g2
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 09 May 2022 09:30
    Last Modified: 09 May 2022 09:30
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/30159

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