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Preventing Crime: Current Issues and Debates

NCJ Number
Canadian Journal of Criminology Volume: 32 Issue: 1 Dated: (January 1990) Pages: complete issue
T Gabor
Date Published
212 pages
Twelve articles examine the policies and programs of crime prevention in Canada.
One article reviews and evaluates some of the traditional approaches to crime prevention before discussing situational crime prevention, which involves the development of prevention strategies based on an analysis of a site-specific crime problem. An analysis of public attitudes toward crime prevention notes public awareness of and support for crime prevention programs, but a lack of public participation in broad community crime prevention efforts. This is followed by an article that discusses ways in which media campaigns can assist in preventing crime. A report on a survey of Canadian municipalities indicates that generally crime prevention is not a high priority for city governments. Other articles address citizen cooperation with police in the operation of a community crime prevention program, the effectiveness of gun control legislation in reducing firearms injuries and deaths in Canada, the implications of crime ecology for prevention, and the effectiveness of offender treatment in reducing crime. Commentaries call for the adoption of a social development approach for crime prevention in Canada, refined evaluations of offender risk, and a triangulated approach to crime prevention. Chapter references and notes. For individual articles, see NCJ 121776-85.