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NCJ Number: 114129 Find in a Library
Title: Selling Crime Prevention to the Community (From Preventing Property Crime, P 69-75, 1987, Dennis Challinger, ed. -- See NCJ-114125)
Author(s): J King
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,

National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: The concept of community policing offers a means for enhancing police community crime prevention programs.
Abstract: In Western Australia, 57,000 offenses were reported to police in 1977. In 1987, this figure was 153,000, 90 percent of which involved stealing, breaking and entering, and unauthorized use of motor vehicles. Further, 80 percent occurred during daylight hours. The link among these offenses is that most could have been prevented with a little effort. Crime prevention requires the anticipation, recognition, and appraisal of a crime risk and the initiation of activities to remove or reduce it. Reducing crime opportunities can include improvements in physical, electronic, and procedural security. In Western Australia, a program has been implemented to train police officers in basic crime prevention techniques and in conducting home security appraisals. The success of such efforts will require selling crime prevention to the community. In selling security, crime prevention officers must make their recommendations cost-effective. They must have product knowledge, including advantages and disadvantages. Finally, security recommendations should emphasize convenience and ease of installation. Contacting victims about security precautions following a crime, the availability of crime prevention literature, and media campaigns provide additional means for involving the community in crime prevention. A question-and-answer discussion is included.
Main Term(s): Residential security
Index Term(s): Australia; Community crime prevention programs
Note: For microfiche, see NCJ-114125.
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