Many cities have used spikes on ledges and other spaces to prevent (usually homeless) people from sleeping or sitting on them.
Design principles, known as 'crime prevention through environmental design', are used all over the world to make cities safer. But some of these principles can be discriminatory and hostile.
The robot ED-209 from the movie RoboCop didn’t perform as expected.
AI has a role to play in trying to prevent crime, but how much control should we give our robo cops?
The value of abalone increased as it moves from traffickers and later to overseas wholesalers.
Abalone poaching in Cape Town succeeds because there is a motivated offender, a suitable target and a lack of security.
Flint, Mich., has one of the highest crime rates in the country for a city of its size. One neighborhood has found a novel way to fight back.
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Crime is way down in one Flint, Michigan, neighborhood, where locals have teamed up to revamp neglected public spaces. Here, why 'busy streets' can prevent violence and save cities money.
Comparatively little is known about the crime of filicide.
Parents killing their children is uncommon, but there are some risk factors around the crime such as mental illness, previous abuse and domestic violence.
Mapping a face is the starting point.
Computers are getting better at identifying people's faces, and while that can be helpful as well as worrisome. To properly understand the legal and privacy ramifications, we need to know how facial recognition technology works.
Police training is crucial to crime prevention.
We need to redirect government spending on crime prevention to programs and policies that the research tells us are most effective.
A Canadian police force on Prince Edward Island is threatening drink drivers with Nickelback – continuing a tried and tested method of punishment.
Australia has more police relative to population than ever before and they are a costly form of crime prevention.
Police are important, but not sufficient, in the crime-reduction effort. I have enormous faith in their abilities, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we need more of them.
Is there a better way to predict whether someone once released will return behind bars?
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Two-thirds of released prisoners in the US are arrested again within three years. Here's how we could change that.
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A new report on the future of humanity explains what we really need to be worrying about over the next 35 years.
A NSW programme in which prisoners train stray dogs as part of their rehabilitation is one of a number of innovations adopted in recent years.
Approaches to crime that rely on punitive methods have proved to be ineffective and counter-productive. Rehabilitation programmes not only prevent crime, but are cost-effective and practical.