First Discussion Document - 'Crime Prevention and Community Safety' 

This First Discussion Document - 'Crime Prevention and Community Safety' is the first in a series of discussion documents to be published in producing a White Paper on Crime.

It takes as its starting point the existence of crime and its impact on the quality of life of individuals and society as a whole. It focuses mainly on ‘high volume’ or ‘street’ crimes of burglary, theft, physical assault and public order offences. It considers the strategies in place in Ireland to prevent crime and their effectiveness.

This document asks:


Approaches to Crime Prevention

Approaches to crime prevention are looked at under the following headings:

Questions raised in the document include

Consultations on the Discussion Document comprising public advertisements for written comments and a series of regional consultation meetings concluded in December 2009. Reports on the outcome of these consultations, one on the regional meetings and one summarising written submissions were published in January 2010.

First Discussion Document - 'Crime Prevention and Community Safety' - Summary of Consultation Outcomes

In January 2010 the Minister for Justice and Equality, Mr. Dermot Ahern TD, published two documents summarising the feedback received on the White Paper on Crime Discussion Document, 'Crime Prevention and Community Safety' (July 2009).

The first of these documents Overview of Submissions Received - White Paper on Crime outlines the written responses received by the Department following public advertisements for submissions.

The second document, IPA Summary of Consultation Process November-December 2009 prepared by the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) records the views expressed at regional consultation seminars organised by the Department during 2009.

Issues raised during the consultation include: