Cities are the source of both, greater levels of risk as well as opportunities for crime prevention and responses. City governments have multiple regulatory powers related to crime prevention and control. These functions have enormous importance for the interface between external flows and local forms of governance. Successes in controlling crime in cities in various countries have depended on the use of innovative analytical techniques developed in response to needs identified at the local level. The various tools and services listed here can provide law enforcement policymakers, front-line officers, urban planners and other city authorities as well as civil society organizations with information about an array of strategies and good governance practices to control crime, especially in rapidly growing cities in low- and middle-income countries.

Tools & Services

Practical Approaches to Urban Crime Prevention

Strategies and Best Practices for Crime Prevention, in particular in relation to Urban Crime and Youth at Risk

Compendium of United Nations Standards and Norms in Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

Model Strategies and Practical Measures on the Elimination of Violence against Women in the Field of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

Crime Prevention Assessment Tool

Handbook on the Crime Prevention Guidelines - Making Them Work

Governing Safer Cities: Strategies for a Globalised World

Guidance on the Use and Preparation of Serious Organized Crime Threat Assessments

A Transnational Organized Crime Threat Assessments 

SHERLOC (Sharing Electronic Resources and Laws on Crime) 

goCASE (software solution for Law Enforcement Agencies and Investigative Authorities)

Current Practices in Electronic Surveillance in the Investigation of Serious Organized Crime

Essential services package for women and girls subject to violence:

•    Module 1: Overview and introduction;

•    Module 2: Health essential services;

•    Module 3: Justice and policing essential services;

•    Module 4: Essential social services;

•    Module 5: Essential actions for coordination and governance of coordination;

•    Module 6: Implementation guide

INSPIRE: Seven strategies for Ending Violence Against Children

Introductory Booklet on the United Nations Model Strategies and Practical Measures on the Elimination of Violence against Children in the Field of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

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Related initiatives

Visit the Safety Audit Websites of Queretaro and Cali 

See the Family Skills Training Programmes in low- and middle-income countries

Visit the UNODC Crime Prevention Webpages