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The 5Is crime prevention framework in a youth crime context

74 Leichhardt Street, Griffith ACT - FREE EVENT
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 6 December 2012

Paul Ekblom

5Is is a framework to capture, synthesise, retrieve and transfer knowledge of practice in crime prevention, security and community safety; and also to support theory-oriented research into practice, especially process evaluation. Paul Ekblom's past presentations on 5Is in Australia have focused more on the situational crime prevention and problem-oriented policing side. On this occasion he will show how 5Is can be applied to the knowledge of practice on the offender-oriented side, in a service context, based on field visits to a range of youth centres in the Republic of Ireland. All 5Is material is now available at


Paul Ekblom read psychology and gained his PhD at University College London. As a researcher in the UK Home Office for many years, Paul initially worked on crime prevention projects including police truancy patrols, shoplifting, drink and disorder, and crime on the London Underground. He then orchestrated the industrial-scale evaluation of the Safer Cities Programme, focusing on the impact of residential burglary projects. Final Home Office responsibilities centred on horizon-scanning; advising on Design against Crime (including on Safer Places, the government guide to crime prevention and the planning system) and developing the professional discipline and knowledge management of crime prevention.

Paul has worked internationally with EU Crime Prevention Network, Europol, Council of Europe, Australian Institute of Criminology, Government of Abu Dhabi, and UN. He is currently part-time Professor at the University of the Arts London Research Centre on Design Against Crime, based at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design; and Visiting Professor at the Applied Criminology Centre, University of Huddersfield, and the Department of Security and Crime Science, UCL. His current work covers design and evaluation of products, places, systems and communications; horizon-scanning, and developing practice-knowledge frameworks for general crime prevention, community safety, counter-terrorism and problem-oriented policing, such as the Conjunction of Criminal Opportunity, 5Is and the Misdeeds and Security framework.

These frameworks can be viewed at and