Crime Prevention Evidence

We have accumulated strong evidence, mostly from other advanced nations, that investments in pre-crime prevention programs have been more effective and cost effective in preventing crime than the standard reactive model of police, courts and corrections.

This page provides access to the evidence so that municipal stakeholders, other orders of government and private funders can get to know that evidence and so make the investments needed to prevent and reduce crime and foster community safety and well-being in municipalities.

Members of CMNCP and other municipalities in Canada are undertaking research that contributes to the Canadian evidence based. They have done research on many important issues relating to investment in crime prevention. Examples include evaluations of outcomes from crime prevention innovations, trends in drug overdoses, local victimization surveys and surveys of public opinion.

🔗 Click here to view evidence produced by Canadian municipalities.

  1. Council of Canadian Academies. (2014). Policing Canada in the 21st Century: New Policing for New Challenges- The Expert Panel on the Future of Canadian Policing Models. Click here to access the document
  2. Institute for the Prevention of Crime. (2008). Canadian Strategies and Practices (Making cities safer; no. 2). University of Ottawa, Ont: Institute for the Prevention of Crime.
  3. Institute for the Prevention of Crime. (2007). International Strategies and Practices (Making cities safer; no. 1). University of Ottawa, Ont: Institute for the Prevention of Crime.
  4. Institute for the Prevention of Crime. (2007). Building a Safer Canada (National Working Group, no. 1). University of Ottawa, Ont: Institute for the Prevention of Crime.
  5. Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. (2015). Community Safety and Well-Being in Ontario. Click here to access the document
  6. Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. (2012). Crime Prevention in Ontario: A Framework for Action. Click here to access the document
  7. Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. (2015). Calls to Action. Click here to access the document
  8. Waller, I. (2006). Less Law, More Order: the Truth about Reducing Crime. Westport, Conn: Praeger
  9. Waller, I. (2014). Smarter crime control: A guide to safer futures for citizens, communities, and politicians. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield.
Set out below are links for those websites and others that may be useful in Canada, USA and internationally. The Action Brief 2016.2 explains ways to use some of the most important Canadian and international websites to advance investment in evidence based crime prevention.

Canadian Links

US Links

  • The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence in Colorado vigorously reviewed over one thousand programs that target risk factors before identifying its top eleven Blueprints-certified programs, www.colorado.edu/cspv/.
  • The Centre for Disease Control has launched an interactive and user-friendly website on how to implement evidence-based research in policy making (vetoviolence.cdc.gov/apps/evidence/#%26panel1-1).
  • The Problem Oriented Policing website compiles data concerning situational crime prevention and proactive policing techniques proven to be effective, www.popcenter.org.
  • The US Department of Justice maintains CrimeSolutions.Gov, which Crimesolutions.gov is an evidence-based website with an extensive list of 400 programs and 100 practices.
  • The Washington State Institute for Public Policy is an important source for policy makers as it systematically reviews evidence on the cost-benefit of programs that tackle crime, www.wsipp.wa.gov/.
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, aims to alleviate the impact of problematic substance use and mental health issues by providing information on research and a variety of services, samhsa.gov.
  • Youth.gov brings together 18 federal agencies that aim to support youth services and programs by identifying effective strategies and increasing organizational collaboration to prevent and/or reduce delinquency. They collaborate with the Youth Justice Forum on Violence Prevention, http://youth.gov/evidence-innovation/program-directory#sthash.W1gVCCkQ.dpuf.

International Links