Social Crime Prevention in the Developing World

Exploring the Role of Police in Crime Prevention

  • Heath Grant

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Criminology book series (BRIEFSCRIMINOL, volume 6)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs in Policing book sub series (BRIEFSPOLICI, volume 6)

About this book


This Brief explores the role of social crime prevention as a crime reduction strategy in the developing world. "Social crime prevention" focuses on the social and economic factors that may contribute to violence and criminal behavior in a community. Particularly in the developing world, an understanding of the socioeconomic and political context holds long-term potential for crime reduction (rather than crime displacement); however, the strategies are complex and the results may be slow. Generally, police and law enforcement are relied upon to present quick results, where social crime prevention strategies can be viewed as being "soft on crime" or too slow. This Brief discusses the tension between the traditional role of police and proactive social crime prevention strategies in an international context, through a variety of case studies. It also provides recommendations for balancing or reshaping this role. This work will be of interest to researchers and policy makers interested in crime prevention, particularly in the developing world, criminal theory, police studies and related disciplines such as demography, sociology and political science. 


Evidence-Based Policy Police Studies Policing Policing in Developing Countries Situational Crime Prevention Social Control and Crime Prevention

Authors and affiliations

  • Heath Grant
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice AdministrationJohn Jay College of Criminal JusticeNew YorkUSA

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