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Community Crime Prevention in a Swiss Canton

Patrik Manzoni, from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW, Dübendorf, made a contribution to the 2012 Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, in the category “Crime Prevention,” under the title “Community Crime Prevention in a Swiss Canton”. Here is the abstract: This paper discusses issues related to community crime prevention based on a study on violence prevention needs among mayors of a Swiss Canton. First, an overview of the crime situation in cantonal municipalities is given, including analysis of age specific rates of registered crime and variation within a centre-periphery-typology. Second, the violence prevention needs from the perspective of mayors and practitioners such as youth workers, police officers or school social workers are presented. This includes the perceived exposure to violence and other problem behaviour (alcohol/drug use, vandalism, littering) in the municipality, the action taken, the existing supply of violence prevention programmes and structures, as well as the prevention needs. Third, the perceptions of these crime prevention needs are contrasted with the official crime exposure and diverging results are analysed in detail. Finally, conclusions regarding context, initiation and implementation of community crime prevention are stated.


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  • “Community Crime Prevention in a Swiss Canton”, by Patrik Manzoni (Proceedings)

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