Crime and public policy
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The key aims in developing a strategy against crime and disorder in any community focus on: reducing the community's vulnerability to crime and violence; diverting potential offenders into more constructive activities; supporting and empowering those who have become victims of crime. The two key features are: The involvement of community members and workers in projects, strategies, networks, and committees to prevent violence and crime; and the creation and expansion of opportunities for all people to live, work, socialise, and play without feeing threatened or harassed. Any community, whether it be a municipality, a neighbourhood, an entertainment area, a school or university can devise their own community safety strategy, and work with the other players, police, health workers, private businesses, community groups etc. to create a safe community. To do so involves having a very realistic understanding of the community, its dynamics, and its changes; as well as the mechanism for undertaking safety audits, and strategic responses to the results of any such audits.
Speech presented at the University of New England, Armidale, 20 May 1998 by Adam Graycar, Director, Australian Institute of Criminology. Made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/