Improving Crime Prevention Knowledge And Practice

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10 December 2009

Media Release

Improving crime prevention knowledge and practice

A new research paper looking at the most recent Australian and international experience of

crime prevention and offering a way forward in tackling the underlying causes of crime has

been released today by the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC).

The AIC estimates that the current annual cost of crime is $36 billion in Australia and,

although we have experienced significant declines in almost all categories of crime over the

past decade, Improving crime prevention knowledge and practice suggests a considerable

level of that cost could be reduced or prevented.

AIC Crime Prevention Research Manager, Peter Homel, says implementing and sustaining

effective and efficient crime prevention initiatives can contribute significantly to safe and

secure societies, but he argues research demonstrates that the effectiveness of many

initiatives is hampered by a lack of access to adequate crime prevention knowledge and

technical skills.

“For too long, crime prevention has been approached as an activity that is an adjunct to the

main game of investigating, prosecuting and punishing crime,” Mr Homel said. 

“However, research shows that crime prevention is optimally effective when it is embraced

as an activity in its own right with specific objectives.

“In particular, the internationalisation of crime has highlighted the need for renewed efforts to

increase the efficiency of knowledge transfer, skills development, project management, and

crime prevention performance measurement and evaluation.”

The paper suggests the development of a comprehensive national strategy for delivering

technical assistance to Australia’s diverse crime prevention workforce to improve

performance and effectiveness and prepare for new and emerging issues.

“This should focus on improving workforce skills and organisational development and

strengthening and improving the effective dissemination of the crime prevention evidence

base,” Mr Homel said.


AIC media contact: Caterina Giugovaz Telephone: 02 6260 9226; Mobile: 0418 221 798.






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