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Tackling Property Damage: A Guide for Local Commerce Groups, Councils and Police

NCJ Number
Anthony Morgan; Jessica Anderson; Hayley Boxall
Date Published
July 2014
33 pages

This handbook provides information for use by project managers in planning, implementing, and evaluating a crime prevention project aimed at reducing property damage offenses in their local communities.


This handbook is intended for use by local commerce groups, local government officials, and local law enforcement who are working to implement evidence-based crime prevention strategies to reduce the incidence of property damage offenses. The information in the guide is presented in five main sections. The first section discusses key steps involved in project planning, implementation, and review. The second section discusses the use of evidence-based strategies to deal with the problem of property damage. The last sections of the handbook provide detailed information on the three stages involved in delivering a project aimed at reducing property damage: planning, implementation, and review. Planning a project involves undertaking an environmental scan, understanding the problem in the local area, adapting the intervention to the local area, identifying and engaging key stakeholders, and determining project costs and timeframes. Implementation involves putting the plan into action by monitoring progress and identifying and addressing factors impacting the project. Evaluation involves developing an evaluation framework and completing the evaluation. Case studies are included in the handbook to provide additional information for project managers. Tables, figure, and references