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Crime Prevention Report

World Police Summit & KPMG
Crime Prevention Report

Crime and the associated fear of crime profoundly impact citizens' quality of life, particularly the elderly in economically disadvantaged areas marred by crimes like arson and vandalism. These criminal activities already entail enormous financial costs for communities, including insurance payouts, police, court, and correctional expenditures, as well as rebuilding structures destroyed by crime. Court backlogs compound these challenges. However, during tough economic periods, governments often struggle to address rising crime rates through increased police presence, court spending, stricter laws, elevated penalties, or new infrastructure.

Furthermore, insurance companies now require property owners to take responsibility for safeguarding their assets, reflecting the understanding that waiting for crimes to occur is costlier than preventing them. The traditional approach to crime prevention, which focuses on identifying the psychological and social causes and offering remedial services, hasn't stemmed the growing crime rate.

In modern times, digital technology has become pivotal in policing and security management. Policing apps, drones, and body-worn cameras are potential game-changers. Their successful adoption, however, hinges on the support of senior management teams and users. Technological innovation and police practice have evolved hand in hand, driven by the need to enhance efficiency and effectiveness while operating within tight budgets.

The rise of the entrepreneurial revolution has expanded the scope of policing organizations, subjecting them to internal management systems, audits, and external oversight. Information technologies play a significant role in police work, often becoming indispensable tools for officers. However, many law enforcement agencies face challenges in fully exploiting new technologies, particularly digital evidence management.

The underlying assumption is that effective policing requires public cooperation. When public engagement with policing is limited, crime prevention and combating become more challenging. Communication holds a pivotal role in this context, alerting police to the occurrence of a crime and enabling their response.

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