Crime prevention experts call on cities to invest smarter



    OTTAWA, May 25 /CNW Telbec/ - A group of leading crime prevention experts
released proposals today that municipal leaders can use to help prevent crime.
If implemented, the proposed actions would dramatically reduce crime in
Canadian cities and assist municipal governments to contain the growing costs
of crime.
    Action Briefs, which are the result of three years of collaboration
between the Institute for the Prevention of Crime and a network of Canada's
municipalities, provide a blueprint for change. This joint project was funded
by the Government of Canada's National Crime Prevention Centre.
    In 2008, the Big City Mayors Caucus of the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities called on the Government of Canada to match any additional law
enforcement funding, dollar for dollar, with funding for crime prevention. The
Action Briefs provide recommendations on how additional funding could be used
to help prevent street crime, violence against women and theft of personal
property.
    "Crime rates in Canadian cities are needlessly high," said Irvin Waller,
Director of the project at the University of Ottawa's Institute for the
Prevention of Crime. "Each dollar invested smartly saves seven dollars in
government expenses to combat crime. With the recession, investing in better
planning is the best way to allocate and leverage the funds that are needed to
stop unnecessary rises in crime at a lower cost."
    "By investing smartly in crime prevention, communities all across Canada
will realize safer neighbourhoods," said Stephen Mandel, Mayor of Edmonton,
who established a community safety taskforce inspired by the work of the
Institute. "These Action Briefs provide mayors from coast to coast with
practical and evidence-based recommendations on how to invest in prevention
and realize savings over the long term."
    "Police chiefs have been calling for greater investment in prevention
that tackles the social causes of crime for many years," said Steve Chabot,
President of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. "These briefs
provide practical ways for police and community leaders to work together to
stop crime before it happens."
    The Action Briefs propose that municipalities invest one dollar for each
citizen to develop more effective solutions for reducing crime and preventing
victimization. Some cities are already investing more and so are enjoying
greater benefits in terms of community safety.
    The joint project focused on lessons Canadian cities can learn from the
most effective practices in place around the world and the successes already
achieved in Canada. The Briefs go one step further by pointing municipal
leaders to ideas for making a difference and successes enjoyed elsewhere from
which they can draw inspiration.
    Today's national release will be followed by events in a number of
municipalities, including Edmonton, Winnipeg, the Region of Waterloo, Ottawa
and Montréal.
    To read the Action Briefs please visit
http://www.ipc.uottawa.ca/ipc/eng/MCS_actionbriefs.asp




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For further information: Julie Tanguay, Media relations officer,
University of Ottawa, (613) 562-5800, ext. 3137, cell: (613) 724-8290,
jtanguay@uOttawa.ca

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