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Assessing the Attractiveness and Vulnerability of Eco-Terrorism Targets: A Situational Crime Prevention Approach

NCJ Number
Studies in Conflict & Terrorism Volume: 38 Issue: 6 Dated: June 2015 Pages: 433-455
Date Published
June 2015
23 pages

This study assessed the vulnerability and attractiveness of eco-terrorism targets in the United States, based on a situational crime prevention approach.


Descriptive findings generally support expectations that eco-terrorists select targets based on their vulnerability and attractiveness. The study concludes with several implications for homeland security policy and a call for further exploration into new and alternative operationalizations of eco-terrorism target attributes. Data from the American Terrorism Study were extracted for eight different targets, including exposed, vital, iconic, legitimate, destructible, occupied, near, and easy. (Publisher abstract modified)

Date Published: June 1, 2015