Crime Frameworks: purpose and users

What are the Crime Frameworks for?

  • Aiding sharper thinking, imagination, communication and practical action such as problem-solving in crime prevention, security and community safety, in line with the mission of Crime Science (e.g. see Cockbain and Laycock 2017)
  • Supporting the capture, synthesis, retrieval, transfer and application of crime and crime prevention knowledge for both practical and theoretical purposes
  • Facilitating the use of artificial intelligence and other computational approaches to crime prevention and security
  • Strengthening the two-way link between theory and practice
  • Enabling the design of crime prevention and security actions to better fit with other societal requirements or drivers
  • Fostering innovation and the intelligent, customised replication of crime prevention success stories, whilst maximising learning from failures and avoiding reinventing both the wheel and the flat tyre
  • Helping security and the wider society out-evolve adaptive offenders against a backdrop of political, economic, scientific, technological, legal and environmental changes

Who are the Crime Frameworks for?

  • Practitioners of crime prevention, security and community safety seeking to up their game, whether their approach is situational, offender- or community-oriented
  • Designers of products, places, procedures, systems and services who need to take crime and security into consideration alongside the other user requirements
  • Policymakers and programme managers concerned with devising and implementing effective preventive/security action at scale, locally customised and more often via chains and webs of influence than by direct intervention
  • Researchers who want to go beyond the standard approaches to situational crime prevention/environmental design, and who may be dissatisfied with the fragmentary state of these, and with the ‘good enough theory’ strategy
  • Evaluators of projects and programmes who want to extract the most value out of impact and process evaluations both for their immediate clients and for efficiently sharing with the wider research, policy and practice communities

For a discussion of how the Crime Frameworks fit with the wider approach to knowledge and security, see here: