WHERE DID WE GO WRONG? A critical assessment of crime prevention

  • Eric Pelser Institute for Security Studies
  • Antoinette Louw Institute for Security Studies
Keywords: crime, crime prevention, South Africa, implementation


The success of any policy is measured by how it is implemented and its effect. Given this, the implementation of crime prevention policy in South Africa has not had a promising start. This is hardly surprising, considering that the lead responsibility for crime prevention lies with the police, rather than with the government departments specifically focused on social issues. It is argued that the establishment of a national crime prevention centre that offers support to local communities be prioritised.

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