While working on a one
year Crime Prevention Audit,
in 2000/2001 it became apparent that there was little communication between
representatives from the different initiatives that we were engaging with.
It also became apparent that those involved in various crime prevention
projects could benefit from learning about the experiences of people involved
in other projects. As a result we took the initiative of holding several
networking meetings although these were not part of the audit project as
originally envisaged. The follow-up meetings that were set up in response
to their requests were also positive experiences for project representatives
who now suggest a strong need for a 'permanent' networking structure with
a broader range of participants. Among the issues that this 'networking
forum' would want to address, which have emerged from research and joint
discussion, are, inter alia:
- The relatively common problem in accessing resources
- Lack of 'networking' across projects, and thus the
lack of a system to draw on skills and resources that may already exist.
- The tendency of projects to work in isolation, often
resulting in low morale, negativity and a poor sense of worth about
the value and contribution of individual projects.
- Difficulty experienced by projects in determining
what amounts to 'good practice' within crime prevention, stagnation
in terms of methods used and limited access to information which might
influence changes in their community based crime prevention efforts.
- The lack of a repository and conduit for information,
policy, guidance, training and other processes that if centralised could
play a vital role in improving community based crime prevention initiatives.
Geographic focus of the project
The project is focussing on the Durban Metro area,
which was one of the areas of the original audit.
Objectives of the project
- To support community based crime prevention projects
in the Durban Metro area and facilitate the development of relationships
between individual projects through a networking forum.
- To access, catalogue and distribute existing and
new information related to community based crime prevention amongst
members of the forum.
- To develop documents that serve as guidelines for
specific components of crime prevention processes. This would include
drawing on materials developed during the Audit Project and developing
additional materials as the need arises. These documents would be in
simple format, available in English and isiZulu, and would cover issues
Setting up a crime prevention initiative
*Practical tips for ensuring involvement in crime prevention initiatives
*Developing a constitution for crime prevention initiatives
*Strategic planning for crime prevention initiatives
*Developing a crime prevention strategy
*Forming Urban Improvement Precincts
*To hold quarterly workshops on processes such as those mentioned above
*To assist in accessing the media to highlight good practice
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