Victims of crime have a natural interest in taking action to prevent themselves, their families or their homes and possessions being victimised again. Research suggests that victims of crime do act on crime prevention advice more readily than do non-crime victims.
The Federal Government and the Australian States and Territories have a range of crime prevention programs.
- New South Wales Crime Prevention Division
The Crime Prevention Division was formed as part of the NSW Attorney General’s Department in May 1996. It is the New South Wales Government’s key agency for advice on crime prevention policy and programs in New South Wales.
- South Australian Crime Prevention Unit
The aim of the South Australian Crime Prevention Unit is to work with other agencies and sectors in order to reduce or prevent crime. Aside from its work with the Australian and New Zealand Crime Prevention Ministerial Forum, the CPU undertakes a range of crime prevention projects and programs within South Australia. These projects and programs are located within two streams. The streams are local crime prevention programs and special projects.
- Crime Prevention Victoria (CPV)
Crime Prevention Victoria (CPV) is an agency established to develop and implement a comprehensive crime prevention and anti-violence strategy and provide information and support on best practice models of crime prevention. In particular, CPV will deliver on the State Government’s policy of tackling crime and its causes. The focus will be on targeted research and data analysis, information and evidence-based action.
- SAFER W.A.
SAFER W.A. is a whole-of-government and whole-of-community initiative to build safe and secure environments for all Western Australians. SAFER W.A. enables local communities to identify the priority local law and order problems and to develop effective local solutions.
- Office of Crime Prevention
The Office of Crime Prevention will coordinate the implementation of a whole of Government crime prevention strategy; evaluate the success or failures of crime prevention strategies; provide policy advice about crime reduction initiatives to the whole of Government; independently collect, analyse and publish crime statistics; and continue the NTsafe grant scheme and community liaison and support activities.
- Crime Prevention and Community Safety Council
A Crime Prevention and Community Safety Council was established to create a safer and more secure Tasmania by developing partnerships between community and government to focus on crime prevention. The Crime Prevention and Community Safety Council consists of eleven members representing government and the community. The aim of the Council is to reduce levels of crime in Tasmania, and to assist people in Tasmanian communities to feel safe.
- National Crime Prevention
The National Crime Prevention Programme’s objectives are to identify and promote innovative ways of reducing and preventing crime and the fear of crime.
- Australian and New Zealand Crime Prevention Ministerial Forum (National Anti-Crime Strategy)
The Australian and New Zealand Crime Prevention Ministerial Forum comprises the Ministers representing each Australian jurisdiction and New Zealand. The Forum evolved out of the National Anti-Crime Strategy which was a shared initiative of State and Territory Governments in Australia.
- New Zealand Crime Prevention Unit
The New Zealand Crime Prevention Unit in the Ministry of Justice is responsible for undertaking coordination between government, local government, iwi, Pacific Island groups and other community organisations for facilitating the crime prevention and community safety partnership and the development of specific crime prevention responses; coordination of community input on crime prevention and community safety issues and contribution to policy advice on such issues; and management of the purchase of crime prevention and community safety programmes and initiatives from safer community councils, iwi and Pacific people’s groups.