The implications of a harm perspective on terrorism, road safety, tobacco, alcohol, illicit drugs and workplace health and safety
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This policy paper addresses issues around crime impacts and crime prevention from a harm perspective. The development of the paper was prompted by the 2014/2015 escalation of counter-terror measures in Australia. The paper begins with a brief review of crime measurement issues and of a harm perspective in guiding crime prevention policies. It then engages in an analysis of impact measures around four diverse crime and harm types in Australia: terrorism, road crashes, drugs (tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs), and workplace health and safety violations. The case studies highlight the success of Australia's counter-terror programme in preventing attacks on Australian soil and contrasts this with major ongoing harms associated with the alleged under-regulation of the other crime types. The evidence indicates that much more attention needs to be given to these latter areas to achieve large improvements in people's well-being, without necessarily reducing efforts to combat terrorism.
Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism
Copyright 2015 Taylor & Francis (Routledge). This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism on 22 Nov 2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/18335330.2015.1090050
Causes and Prevention of Crime