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Crime frameworks

Paul Ekblom
Year of publication2007
Useful forProject and Program Manager
Keywordsbest practice crime prevention community engagement process evaluation knowledge transfer

What´s it about?

A suite of still-evolving conceptual frameworks covering many aspects of practical and academic perspectives on crime prevention. The overall purpose is to supply tools for thinking, communication, action and research with the ultimate aim of improving the performance and understanding of crime prevention, security, counter-terrorism and community safety, both locally, nationally and internationally.

What´s included?

Frameworks include: 5Is (Intelligence, Intervention, Implementation, Involvement, Impact) for capturing, consolidating and sharing knowledge of good practice. Conjunction of Criminal Opportunity - a model of immediate causes of criminal events which integrates a range of situational and offender-oriented theories, and which can be used for both understanding causes and planning interventions. A variant is the Conjunction of Terrorist Opportunity. Misdeeds and Security - an approach to systematically anticipating crime risks and crime prevention opportunities posed by new technology, new administrative practices etc Gearing up Against Crime - a way of understanding and responding to criminal arms races. Systematic definitions-in-depth of crime prevention, community safety, partnership, security and many subsidiary terms and concepts. Design Against Crime and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) - ongoing attempts to improve the conceptualisation and thinking within these areas.

Who can use it?

Practitioners, Delivery managers of programmes, Trainers, Policy makers, Researchers

What can it be used for?

Many purposes including education/training of practitioners; planning, delivering, process-evaluating, improving and transferring projects or programmes; mobilisation of individuals and organisations to undertake preventive action; learning from failure and anticipating risks in delivery.

What is the value?

The frameworks individually and collectively are intended to improve the quality, rigour and scope of crime prevention practice and research; in particular to enable it to overcome the serious problem of implementation failure, to cope with the complexity of everyday practice in the real world, and to keep up with changes originating in new technology or social trends, and from adaptive offenders.