People opposing medical marijuana are often concerned about increased crime rates, but analysis of city-level data across the US found medical marijuana laws have little effect on crime.
Distrust in the police is a surprisingly central factor when people arm themselves illegally.
The Law and Order Index says South Africans feel less secure than people in Yemen, the DRC and Libya, countries all affected by violent conflict.
There are no easy answers when it comes to tackling knife crime but young people must be at the centre of any possible solution.
More than 90% of violent crimes in South Africa fall outside the categories named in the police's new anti-crime strategy.
When big data is used for police profiling and surveillance, it puts human rights on the line.
Break-and-enters are consistently common among incarcerated sex offenders as their first, or gateway, offence. But police forces' statistical manipulation allows them to go entirely undetected.
Police forces use widespread and often dubious practices to inflate their solved crime rate. Here's how, and why, they do it, according to an expert on violent crimes and serial offenders.
The former Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex argues that more resources can help, but any available funds need to be spent by the right agencies in the right way.
There have been more than 50 murders in London already in 2018, and more in February and March than in New York.
For years, there have been questions about research showing connections between playing violent video games and aggressive behavior.
Blood-detection dogs work paw in hand with scientists and Australia's police to solve crimes and missing persons cases.
The organisation that monitors chemical weapons could play a valuable role in tackling this problem.
Attacks can have a serious impact on mental health – and contribute to a disturbing negative cycle.
The majority of women in prison have committed minor, non-violent crimes. But a large number have committed violent offences such as assault, homicide and robbery.
Data on violent incidents in the US reveal that our focus on Islamist extremism since 9/11 may be misguided.
Was Pauline Hanson right to say that crime is getting worse in Australia?
In response to high levels of crime, South Africans have turned their homes into fortresses, seeking security behind high walls. But doing so might be counter-productive.
Solving the problem of street violence is not just about alcohol -- it's also about design of the urban environment.
South Africa's homicide rates have declined consistently since democracy, but remain among the highest in the world. They are about four times the global average at more than 30 per 100,000 people.