n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Framework for an effective community safety network

Volume 25, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



This article is based on the findings of a research project focussing on the design of a blue print plan for the establishment of a basic Community Safety Network (CSN). The article focuses on the rationale and establishment of CSNs and the key elements that provide for an effective CSN. The effectiveness of the CSN is not only evaluated in the sense of how well it is able to mobilise the community to prevent crime, but also on the basis of the longevity of the CSN. The key success elements that make up a successful CSN are evaluated in this article. These key success elements are discussed under partnerships with CSNs, actions performed by a CSN, critical factors in the crime prevention initiatives, the desired management structure, obstacles that had to be overcome in establishing the CSN, as well as the infrastructure, finances, technology and communication that is needed for an effective CSN. The article also focuses on the respondents' expectations of an ideal CSN, as well as a summary of a basic, advanced and professional model for a CSN.

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