The Ten Commandments for Effective Counterterrorism

Simon Perry*, David Weisburd, Badi Hasisi

*Corresponding author for this work

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5 Scopus citations


This chapter introduces and reviews the ten most effective and proven counterterrorism strategies, tactics, and practices. These strategies and practices which are mostly situational crime prevention techniques, are not much different from those that law enforcement deploys against "ordinary" criminals. Through offensive and defensive measures, proactively and responsively reducing the opportunities for terrorist attacks, these techniques create a hostile operational environment for terrorists and combine protective measures (such as "target hardening" and bottle neck passages). These practices emphasize cooperation, partnerships, communication with the public and quickly restoring the attack scenes.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationThe Handbook of the Criminology of Terrorism
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781118923986
ISBN (Print)9781118923955
StatePublished - 13 Jan 2017

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  • "Target hardening"
  • Counterterrorism
  • Intelligence
  • Terror sense


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