Crime Prevention and Community Safety: A Conceptual Overview

Michel Vallée


The author explores some of the factors that have influenced the public debate in Canada over issues of crime and victimization, particularly with reference to children and youth as both perpetrators and victims. Focusing specifically on various approaches to crime prevention, he discusses some of the key elements of a comprehensive crime prevention strategy and argues that for such a strategy to be meaningful and effective, it should be a community-based social development approach.


crime prevention; public opinion; victimization;

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International Journal of Child, Youth & Family Studies

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