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Crime Prevention

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13 pages
This report of the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice provides an overview of recent concepts and successes in crime prevention, describes the new challenges for the international community in preventing transnational organized crime and corruption, addresses the links between socioeconomic development and crime, and discusses strategies to manage crime prevention at the national level; the report also reflects the views of member states on standards regarding responsible crime prevention.
A discussion of the concept of crime prevention notes that the Commission's concept of crime prevention is now understood to mean the targeting of the causal factors of crime, including opportunities for the commission of crime. A review of the successes of crime prevention advises that special preventive measures not only result in lower crime rates, but also that such measures are often more cost-effective than conventional, punitive measures. An overview of new global challenges related to crime prevention addresses socioeconomic development and crime, the relevance of the fight against corruption and organized crime to the prevention of conventional crime, the prevention of corruption and organized crime, and the management of crime prevention. Other sections of this report discuss the standards and norms for elements of responsible crime prevention, the illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in explosives, the United Nations Declaration on Crime and Public Security, and topics for consideration by the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. 11 notes