n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Preparations towards the development of a crime-prevention strategy for local government

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The few sentences in the National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS 1996:85) regarding the role of local government in crime prevention, might give the impression that the compilers of the NCPS disregard the importance of a bottom-up approach in the implementation thereof. A closer look, however, reveals that this is not the case and that, in order to give substance to the NCPS, it is of the utmost importance that local authorities should become involved in the process of crime prevention. Local authorities, in fact, have a responsibility to initiate crime prevention strategies in their communities.


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