Innovations in Community Based Crime Reduction

Spurs Revitalization

Connecting Crime Reduction to Neighborhood Revitalization

Recognizing the inextricable link between public safety, housing, education, health and economic development, CBCR sites integrate the work of law enforcement and community development partners to pursue crime reduction that advances neighborhood revitalization, and vice versa.

  • Addressing Problem Properties: From securing vacant buildings to building quality homes, CBCR sites are reducing blight and transforming neighborhood liabilities into assets.
  • Activating Public Spaces: CBCR sites are reclaiming parks and streets through events and programming, and making infrastructure improvements that leverage art and the principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).
  • Creating Jobs and Economic Opportunity: CBCR sites support job training and business development efforts that connect justice-involved people, youth and other community members with opportunity, in addition to working to make commercial districts thrive.
Featured Resource

HUD’s recent issue of Evidence Matters: Transforming Knowledge Into Housing and Community Development Policy focuses on crime, public safety, and social inclusion. 

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CBCR In Action

CBCR leaders in San Antonio, Texas have reclaimed a neighborhood trouble spot using the principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.

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Choice Neighborhoods are Safe Neighborhoods

The federal Choice Neighborhoods and CBCR Programs can reinforce safety and community building in neighborhoods pursuing major housing redevelopment projects. This guide describes how, with a feature on Springfield, MA.

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