Crime Prevention Resources

This section of the site provides quick access to case studies and helpful on-line social marketing resources for crime prevention. We welcome suggestions for additional case studies and resources

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October 10, 2019 Reduce Air Pollution to Reduce Crime
A new study has found evidence of an association between short-term exposure to ambient PM2.5 and the exacerbation of psychiatric disorders (e.g. anxiety and suicidal thoughts) in children as indicated by increases in psychiatric ED visits. Another Another new study also found that breathing polluted air is linked to aggressive behaviour and asaults in adults. It estimated that that a 10% reduction in daily PM2.5 and ozone could save $1.4 billion in crime costs per year, a previously overlooked cost associated with pollution
October 1, 2019 One New Case Study, Four New Resources Added 
We've added one new case study and four new resources in this topic area.  You can see the case study in the left hand column below. The resources are listed in the right hand column below. Let us know what you think.  

Most Recent Crime Prevention Case Studies

The Bullying Prevention Program  HealthSafety

The Bullying Prevention Program (BPP) reduced bullying problems in Norwegian schools by up to 50 percent. Actively involving students, school staff, and parents in restructuring their school environment created a safe and learning one, and lessened the number of opportunities and rewards for bullying. BPP had been replicated in American, Canadian, and European schools.

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Road Crew Reduces Drunk Driving  Safety

Road Crew helps Wisconsin communities provide alternative rides for people who have had too much to drink and then drive home. In the formative research, the target felt that they wouldn't take a ride home if their cars were at the bar, but would ride home if the program also picked them up at home so their cars wouldn't be available. Road Crew is positioned to allow people to not worry about driving home, and therefore be able to enjoy the evening more fully. The program has given over 85,000 rides and is self sustaining without using any government revenues in 6 counties of wisconsin. Road Crew is well suited for replication in small towns and exceptionally well researched and documented. It provides a free on-line toolkit and for-fee consultation to support those following its approach.

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Stop It Now! Vermont  HealthSafety

The purpose of this project was to introduce a public health approach to child sexual abuse prevention. Previous prevention programs focused on children and how to prevent their victimization, or how to report the abuse after the abuse occurred. This program introduced a new approach that focused on adults and how to prevent the perpetration of child sexual abuse.

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Cure Violence  Safety

Cure Violence shows it can be effective to treat violence using a health approach– i.e. to treat it as a contagion rather than as a problem of bad people. The intervention relies heavily on peer influencers and norm appeals. It has had multiple independent evaluations – all showing large statistically significant reductions in violence.

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Ten-Day Challenge  Safety

The Ten-Day Challenge is an innovative approach that helps parents and teachers work closely and cooperatively together to reduce violence among children and teens. Since 2003, it has been implemented in over 60 schools across Ontario and Quebec, Canada. Evaluations by parents, students and teachers have shown significant impacts on the everyday life of participants: more time reading and doing physical activity, more harmonious relationships, better attention in class, more respectful language and behaviour at home and school, and less physical and verbal violence.

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Most Recent Crime Prevention Resources

Engaging Teachers to Communicate Scientific Consensus on Climate Change and Other Topics  EnvironmentHealthSafety

When consensus about a risk or mitigating behavior is newly developed and/or not clearly understood, communicating that consensus through teachers / instructors can be critical. While this blog entry focuses on climate change, it may also apply to new understandings in many topic areas.

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Youth Mentoring as a Viable Crime Prevention Strategy: Evidence and Ontario policy, with reflections from some mentors  Safety

Youth mentoring can be a cost-effective way to reduce the likelihood of offending. Best practices include: outreach to vulnerable youth, involving parents, screening and training mentors, matching mentors and mentees based on background, having mentoring connected to a larger strategy, following a developmental approach, and developing standards for implementation.

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Marketing Public Programs  Safety

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Gun Policy Analysis  Safety

Rand Corporation reviewed thousands of studies to identify all available evidence for the effects of 13 gun policies in the USA on eight outcomes.

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Characteristics of School-Associated Youth Homicides - United States, 1994-2018  Safety

This report summarizes data from the U.S. School-Associated Violent Death Surveillance System.

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A Comprehensive Technical Package for the Prevention of Youth Violence and Associated Risk Behaviors  Safety

This technical package represents a select group of strategies based on the best available evidence to help communities and states sharpen their focus on prevention activities with the greatest potential to prevent youth violence and its consequences. 

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Solutions for America  

Identifies barriers, strategies, publications, and web sites relevant to related social change programs. Read More »

Campbell Collaboration  Safety

Features systematic reviews that help people make well-informed decisions about the effects of interventions in the areas of crime, social welfare, health, and social justice. Read More »

Program Impact Attribution  EnvironmentHealthSafety

This document provides a brief summary of options for assessing what portion of any measured behavior changes resulted from your program and what portion resulted from other influences. These options can also be used to attribute the affects of your program on a wide range of related variables such as resources used, pollutants released, accident rates and health status.

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A free, searchable online registry of systematic reviews on the effectiveness of public health and health promotion interventions. The content has been quality rated. Bilingual (English and French).

Topics include: AIDS, environmental health, fitness, injury prevention, nutrition, safety, cycling, walking, water quality

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CDC Centre for Injury Prevention and Control  Safety

Provides resources on home and recreational safety, motor vehicle safety, violence prevention, traumatic brain injury and injury response

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Evidence-Based Crime Prevention:  Safety

Reviews the current state of evidence-based crime prevention and explores implications for Canada?s crime prevention efforts

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Blueprints for Violence Prevention  Safety

Blueprints staff systematically and continuously review the research on violence and drug abuse programs to determine which are exemplary and grounded in evidence. To date, it has assessed more than 900 programs.

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Violence Prevention  Safety

This "Violence Prevention" portal page from the U.S. Centre for Disease Control provides access to information on data sources, risk and protective factors and prevention strategies. It also leads to similar pages that focus specifically on child maltreatment, elder maltreatment, intimate partner violence, school violence, sexual violence, suicide, and youth violence.  

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Guide for Selecting an Effective Crime Prevention Program  Safety

This report provides practical guidance on the evidence-based approach in crime prevention, proposes a step-by-step framework to guide program selection and implementation, and suggests key elements for sustainability. Read More »

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