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University looks at what works on crime

Posted on 1 November 2002

As a rising tide of violent crime threatens to divert attention from serious economic issues in some developing countries, research has begun at the University of York into what does and doesn't work in tackling crime.

Joseph Akpokodje, an economics researcher in the University's Centre for Criminal Justice Economics and Psychology, is working with a team led by Professor Roger Bowles, deputy director of the unit, on a four-month project. The work is funded by the Department For International Development (DFID). He is looking at existing evidence on crime to analyse which crime prevention programmes are working in developing countries, and which are ineffective. The information is needed by the DFID as it develops policies giving practical guidance on crime and justice issues for poor and disadvantaged people.

When the evidence has been sifted, the findings will act as a base for further work comparing cost effectiveness, analysing the costs and benefits of various programmes, and assessing what impact the programmes have had on the poor.

Mr Akpokodje said: "There is a growing need to assess the evidence about the effectiveness of various crime-fighting programmes, and the recent rise in crime rates has increased concerns about personal safety and property. In some countries, violent crime and its effects on victims is attracting attention away from traditional economic problems. Governments are looking for new ways of reducing and preventing crime."

Evidence to be examined will include reports from international organisations, non-governmental organisations, government ministries, academic theses, and work published on the Internet.

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