n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - The prevention pyramid : a model for fundamental crime prevention

Volume 14, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



This article reflects on a model for fundamental crime prevention, named the prevention pyramid, which was developed to overcome the problematic aspects of crime prevention (see Deklerck and Depuyt 2000:57-63). The main aim of the model is to offer a conceptual framework for an integrated policy that never loses the basic purpose of crime prevention, which is creating a more safe and peaceful society. One of the basic principles of the crime prevention pyramid is the involvement of the societal context within the discussion of crime prevention. The general social climate must remain a reference point for each crime prevention intervention. This general social climate cannot be disconnected from the ecological dimension.

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