The Australian Crime Prevention Council is a voluntary association of individuals, departments and organisations representing a wide cross section of interests and disciplines, including branches of the criminal justice system, courts, police, corrections, prisons, mental health services, criminology and ethnic minority groups.
The Council's objectives include:
- Assist and promote the prevention of crime;
- Encourage participation by citizens in the prevention of crime;
- Provide a forum for the free discussion of crime prevention issues;
- Develop awareness and better understanding of the problems of crime and methods properly available to prevent it.
Primarily, the Council sees itself as a facilitator - bringing people and organisations with similar goals together.
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THE BENEFITS OF CRIME PREVENTION
Crime Prevention refers to the development and implementation of strategies and programs that aim to reduce crime before it occurs. It can reduce both short term and long term economic and social costs associated with crime and the criminal justice system. This means that crime prevention policies have the ability to achieve significant returns on investment for both society and the government in terms of benefits in justice, health, welfare and social capital. Sarah Ford highlights some key benefits achieved by the implementation of crime reduction strategies and programs.
SOME CRIME PREVENTION PROGRAMS IN AUSTRALIA: A SNAPSHOT
Prepared by Sarah Ford for the Australian Crime Prevention Council, August 2014
In recent decades crime prevention has been widely embraced internationally and across Australia (White & Perrone 2010). Moving beyond more traditional state-sanctioned forms of punishment and social control, crime prevention has the ability to be employed by a wide array of agencies and institutions (White & Perrone 2010). Evidence suggests that effective crime prevention programs need to be tailored to the specific circumstances or issues meaning that while there is some continuity in the application of crime prevention initiatives throughout Australia, there is also a diversity of programs (AIC 2011).
This paper will describe some key crime prevention programs and initiatives operating in Australia. This non-exhaustive list provides a snapshot of the nature and type of some contemporary crime prevention initiatives.