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United Nations Guidelines for the Prevention of Crime

United Nations Economic and Social Council (resolution 2002/13, annex)
Year of publication2002
Languagesspanish other other other other other french english
Useful forCommunities Governments Funding Agencies Evaluators
Keywordsaction plan society crime prevention comprehensive approach evidence-based crime prevention

What´s it about?

The guidelines describe the main elements for effective and humane crime prevention in eight principles: (a) government leadership at all levels to create and maintain an institutional framework for crime prevention; (b) integration of crime prevention into policies for socio-economic develop¬ment; (c) cooperation between government organizations, civil society and the business sector; (d) sustainability and accountability, i.e. adequate long-term funding for establishing, maintain¬ing and evaluating programmes and clear accountability for the use of funds; (e) knowledge-based action, i.e. a multidisciplinary foundation of evidence about crime prob¬lems, their causes and proven practices to be the basis of any crime prevention strategy; (f) respect for human rights, the rule of law and the promotion of a culture of lawfulness; (g) consideration of the links of local offending to transnational organized crime; (h) differentiation of strategies for special groups, particularly for boys and girls, men and women, and vulnerable members of society.

What´s included?

General advice to local and national governments on approaches to crime prevention in accordance with these principles, referring to the organization, funding, planning and evaluation of crime prevention.

Who can use it?

Staff in local and national governments responsible for crime prevention planning as well as non-governmental organizations working in this field.

What can it be used for?

Planning and organizing crime prevention projects and strategies at the local or national level.

What is the value?

Internationally endorsed principles on the organization and implementation of crime prevention.