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Handbook on the Crime Prevention Guidelines - Making them work

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime & International Centre on the Prevention of Crime
Year of publication2010
Useful forCommunities Governments Funding Agencies Evaluators
Keywordssociety comprehensive approach community engagement evidence-based crime prevention community crime prevention

What´s it about?

The handbook describes in detail international examples of the application of the UN Guidelines for the Prevention of Crime, following the outline of their main elements for effective and humane crime prevention: (a) government leadership at all levels to create and maintain an institutional framework for crime prevention; (b) integration of crime prevention into policies for socio-economic develop¬ment; (c) cooperation between government organizations, civil society and the business sector; (d) sustainability and accountability, i.e. adequate long-term funding for establishing, maintain¬ing and evaluating programmes and clear accountability for the use of funds; (e) knowledge-based action, i.e. a multidisciplinary foundation of evidence about crime prob¬lems, their causes and proven practices to be the basis of any crime prevention strategy; (f) respect for human rights, the rule of law and the promotion of a culture of lawfulness; (g) consideration of the links of local offending to transnational organized crime; (h) differentiation of strategies for special groups, particularly for boys and girls, men and women, and vulnerable members of society.

What´s included?

Guidance for local and national governments on approaches to crime prevention, based on experience in several countries from all regions of the world.

Who can use it?

Staff in local and national governments responsible for crime prevention as well as non-governmental organizations and experts working as consultants in this field.

What can it be used for?

Planning and organizing crime prevention projects and strategies at the local or national level.

What is the value?

Exemplary international experience and cases of best practice concerning the conceptualization, organization and implementation of crime prevention.