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Reviewing the New South Wales local crime prevention planning process

Jessica Anderson and Peter Homel

Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, August 2005

Introdction

This report contains the findings of a performance analysis of the part of the local crime prevention planning
process in New South Wales managed by the CPD of the NSW Attorney General’s Department. The
NSW Police and the NSW Department of Community Services’ Community Solutions Strategy manage
other local crime prevention work in NSW. Work undertaken under the auspice of these other NSW
agencies was only considered in so far as it impacted on the work sponsored by the Crime Prevention
Division (CDP).

The Australian Institute of Criminology undertook the review during the first half of 2005 as a contract
project for the NSW CPD.

This report is divided into five sections. Part one describes the background to the crime prevention plans,
including its connection to the Children (Protection and Parental Responsibility) Act 1997 and the role of
the Attorney General in encouraging community involvement in crime prevention.

Part two details the overall objectives of the review and the questions that the report will answer. This
part also details the methods adopted in the data collection process.

Part three documents the findings and analysis of the main findings from a survey of 65 LGAs with crime
prevention plans endorsed under the Children (Protection and Parental Responsibility) Act and more
detailed interviews with a number of key stakeholders in three areas of NSW. The findings are organised
under three sections: implementation; CPD assistance; and reflections on the experience and lessons
learnt. Additionally, the data are used to obtain the respondent’s perceptions of whether crime prevention
plans were effective in reducing crime.

Part four answers the four questions as requested by the CPD. These were:

  1. the adequacy of the planning processes;
  2. the impact of the plans on crime levels;
  3. whether appropriate local crime measure indicators were selected and if these were appropriate
    to the local crime problems; and
  4. the overall quality of the plans.

This section also offers concluding thoughts on the crime prevention processes in local government
areas.

Part five offers recommendations to improve the crime prevention planning process, thereby helping to
develop options for the CPD in providing future direction for the crime prevention plans.