Innovations in Community Based Crime Reduction

How Does it Work?

How CBCR Works

In many communities, the same locations – a set of blocks or perhaps a few discrete intersections – have posed major crime problems for years, unyielding to traditional methods of law enforcement or other efforts to interrupt crime patterns. 

CBCR provides resources to enable leaders in those communities to closely examine the varied factors contributing to crime, to select appropriate response strategies based on evidence of what has worked elsewhere, and then to tap the resources of diverse partners as they implement those strategies.

These powerful themes run through all CBCR efforts:

  • Data-Driven: CBCR targets crime hot spots – often streets, properties or public spaces in communities that have struggled with crime for years. Researchers are engaged in the day-to-day work, helping partners examine problems, assess evidence-based solutions, and monitor progress.
  • Community-Oriented: CBCR champions active roles for residents in identifying problems, selecting strategies and creating safe and healthy environments.
  • Spurs Revitalization: CBCR tackles problem properties, unsafe streets and parks, unemployment, transit barriers and service gaps related to crime.
  • Builds Partnerships: CBCR taps the resources of public, nonprofit and community leaders to bring more resources and different approaches to bear on longstanding crime challenges for lasting change

Guidelines for CBCR planning and implementation, including a suggested process and milestones, are available here.

Where It's Happening

CBCR resources are supporting crime reduction efforts in urban and rural sites all over the country

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CBCR Results

CBCR sites are reducing crime and blight and improving community-police relations

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Latest News

Read how CBCR leaders in Dayton, Ohio are coordinating their response to heroin addiction and related safety issues.

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The DOJ Bureau of Justice Assistance is supporting data-driven, comprehensive responses to crime in some of the country’s most troubled communities through CBCR.

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