Mythbuster - Getting smart on crime with a holistic approach
Given the successes of crime prevention and how it offers ‘bang for your buck’, we advocate a more balanced approach to crime. Neither crime prevention, nor repression are capable of dealing with crime by themselves. Nor should prevention and repression be treated as opposites where one excludes the other. Crime is simply too complex for a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, we should combine both prevention and repression in a holistic approach that balances both. In other words: an approach that grants equal importance to both crime prevention and repression. Yet not just any crime prevention: crime prevention that is sustained over time and receives the funds it needs. Crime prevention that is guided by the best available evidence and knowledge.