Effective Crime Prevention Interventions for Implementation by Local Government

Effective Crime Prevention Interventions for Implementation by Local Government
Australian Institute of Criminology
Anthony Morgan, Hayley Boxall, Kym Lindeman, and Jessica Anderson
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Councils are responsible for a range of services related to crime prevention, including managing public space and building design, providing a range of community services and developing policies that affect local businesses. More recently, there has been increasing pressure on local government to contribute to the delivery of a variety of social services and to engage in social planning.

This comprehensive report is a collaboration between the Crime Prevention Division of the NSW Department of Attorney General and Justice, and the AIC. It is a large-scale systematic review of interventions to prevent a number of crime types identified as priority areas for local councils in New South Wales. Offences such as non-domestic violence related assault; break and enter; car theft; retail theft and malicious damage were reviewed against specific crime prevention methods.

The AIC provided the NSW CPD with a summary of the evidence in support of interventions for each priority crime type. A number of preferred intervention types were selected that could be implemented by local councils, with the support of the CPD, in areas with a significant crime problem.

This study has led to a series of handbooks to assist local government to select, adapt and implement the preferred interventions.

It also includes $25 million for what the budget calls projects of "evidence-based, data-driven justice system realignment" that replaces costly programs with less costly alternatives.