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Crime Reduction

Understanding and reducing crime through evidence based policies

Crime is a serious problem. It has severe effects on its victims. Considerable resources are used in an attempt to combat this social ill, therefore the scientific validity of remedial action needs to be assured; that is policy must be evidence-based. However it seems that research into crime reduction may not be of the highest quality. For example, more-appropriate statistical analysis has made manifest severe deficiencies in certain research. Therefore doubt is cast on the effectiveness of a crime reduction method being widely promoted at considerable expense. It is important of course to say what needs to be done instead. This is to use the method of the randomised controlled trial, incorporating best practise as utilised in other disciplines and ensure that important statistical considerations are taken into account.

For more details contact Paul Marchant,
Computing Advisor,
Innovation North,
Leeds Metropolitan University
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