Preventing crime the smart way
Reduce crime through programs that tackle the causes of crime
The starting point to preventing crime is understanding what causes crime. Publicly, politicians tend to oversimplify crime prevention policy, arguing that ‘more police equals less crime’.Yet studies suggest that more police do not necessarily reduce crime and there are better and cheaper ways of reducing crime through investment in programs that tackle the causes of crime.
Lowering the crime rate involves addressing each of the factors that cause crime: from early intervention with young people at risk of involvement in crime, to working with those with substantial criminal histories to address the causes of reoffending.
To tackle the causes of crime, we need greater investment in programs that tackle the causes of crime rather than greater investment in police and prisons; greater investment in early therapeutic and diversionary interventions particularly for at risk young people; and to expand court programs which address the causes of offending.
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