August 2001 -
This was a one year project
- List and describe all community based crime prevention
programmes in the geographic areas of KwaZulu-Natal as detailed above.
- Create a document that can be used as a guideline
for the establishment of future crime prevention initiatives and for
initiatives experiencing difficulties.
- Create a detailed resource document which provides
insight into crime prevention initiatives in the selected geographical
areas. This document will be a valuable reference as a result of it
taking into account urban and rural areas as well as initiatives specific
to areas with unique characteristics.
- Suggest practical ways for co-operation and co-ordination
between initiatives, taking into account that strategies should be cost
- Identify any initiatives or issues that require additional
attention in further research.
- Provide an opportunity for public debate through
As of July 2002 the following activities
have been undertaken:
- Identification of target projects and establishment
of entry to these projects.
- Identification of pertinent legislation and policy,
and review of these to provide foundation for later work.
- Implementing data collection for project database
(an ongoing task).
- Interviews and observation with target projects as
per project framework .
- Preliminary reports on each of the projects as per
- Feedback meeting with Gauteng based role players.
- Initial meeting of networking forum.
Emerging trends across projects have
been identified. These trends include:
- A relatively common problem in accessing resources.
- Lack of 'networking' across projects.
- The tendency of projects to work in isolation.
- The reliance of interested and/or motivated individuals
within local government and police structures for support.
- Lack of reliance on local government or police systems.
Information arising from the project has been well
received, both at national and local level, and data and interpretation
have been verified during feedback sessions with participants. The final
report is available in the form of a monograph entitled "Owning Safety
: A Profile of Community Initiatives" ISBN 0-620-29597-x. For further
information please contact Iole
or the book can be ordered from