The Practice of Crime Prevention: Design Principles for More Effective Security Governance

Berg, J. & Shearing, C. 2011. The Practice of Crime Prevention: Design Principles for More Effective Security Governance. SA Crime Quarterly, 36:23-30

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Julie Berg

University of Cape Town (UCT)

Clifford Shearing

University of Cape Town; Griffith Institute of Criminology; University of Montreal, School of Criminology; University of New South Wales; University of Toronto

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

South Africa has had a comprehensive crime prevention policy agenda for some time in the form of the 1996 National Crime Prevention Strategy and the 1998 White Paper on Safety and Security. Despite this, prevention has remained very much a second cousin within the South African criminal justice family, notwithstanding the fact that there is widespread agreement that it warrants far more attention. In this article we briefly review some of the principal obstacles to effective crime prevention. Our understanding of 'crime prevention' is a broad one - it involves simply asking the question: How can we reduce the likelihood of this happening again? This question opens up a range of preventative possibilities. Whether they are of a socio-economic, environmental or law enforcement nature depends on the nature of the (crime) problem. On the basis of our analysis, we propose three design principles to be followed if we, South Africans are to establish crime prevention as a central focus of our security governance. These design principles articulate what might be thought of as 'best thinking' rather than 'best practice'.

Keywords: South Africa; crime prevention; policing; criminology

JEL Classification: H70; K14

Suggested Citation

Berg, Julie and Shearing, Clifford D, The Practice of Crime Prevention: Design Principles for More Effective Security Governance (2011). Berg, J. & Shearing, C. 2011. The Practice of Crime Prevention: Design Principles for More Effective Security Governance. SA Crime Quarterly, 36:23-30, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2674002 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2674002

Julie Berg

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Clifford D Shearing (Contact Author)

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