Tag Archives: violence

Comprehensive Prevention of Urban Gun Violence – Political Leadership Must Invest in Success (post 28)

Many cities in North America face a persistent barrage of young men shooting each other. Traditional policing is not enough. Successful solutions to stop the violence exist. These need comprehensive prevention strategies targeting violence. We need leadership in cities to use those solutions. We need support from all orders of government to invest in effective prevention.

It is time for political leadership to invest in the number one priority of (potential) crime victims to stop crime. This means using proven and successful smart policing and effective prevention. An investment that grows each year by as little as one per cent of what is spent on reacting to violence could stop shootings and street violence by 50% within five years.

read more …

Feel-good crime policy bad for crime victims – remember smokers (post 27)

Unfortunately what ¨feels-good¨ to politicians may not be good for crime victims. It is systematic science that enabled our political leaders to save lives and improve the quality of life for potential smokers.

The UK Cabinet Office has produced an important ¨politician´s guide¨ to using behavioral science to ensure that policies are deliverying results. It calls for testing and learning. To help potential crime victims, we also need governments that invest in applying the knowledge.

read more …

Siding with crime victims requires successful prevention (post 23)

Being on the side of crime victims requires successful implementation of violence prevention that works. If governments and so taxpayers are to pay on the basis of results in reducing the number of victims of crime, we would see a massive shift from traditional policing strategies and mass incarceration to smart problem oriented policing and targeted social crime prevention.

For the harm done by the offender, he is responsible. For the harm done because we do not use the best knowledge when that is available to us, we are responsible. We and several government websites show we have the knowledge and so let´s side with crime victims and stop them being victimized in the first place.

read more …