Everyone knows that prevention is better than cure and many local governments are using community-based crime prevention methodologies to identify places, characteristics of crime, methods of social control, and other policy implications of crime in their municipality.
There is no one size fits all approach to community-based crime prevention as the needs of communities and types of crime are unique, not only to local government regions, but to suburb level and sometimes to street level.
Community-based crime prevention requires a high level of skill, experience and theoretical knowledge of the causes of crime.
To do it well, techniques including strategic alliances with community members, police/community consultative committees, stakeholders including schools, police, ethnic and Indigenous communities, employment providers, businesses and urban and environmental design, for example, must be balanced with understandings of theories of crime.
These include: why people offend, where they offend, how people or places are victimised, interventions that could be undertaken taking into account risk and protective factors for victims and offenders, policy and social structural change to reduce the risk of offending, and theories about the routines and choices people make that could increase the likelihood of crime occurring.
Enterprising Partnerships can assist your community or local government in the design of community-based crime prevention plans, implementation strategies, forging of strategic alliances, presentations to stakeholders and overflow work such as report writing or needs analysis.
Our Crime Prevention Works team hold a range of qualifications in youth work, offending and rehabilitation, community development and engagement with the team leader possessing a Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice (majoring in community-based crime prevention).