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Benefit-cost analysis and crime prevention

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 147

John Chisholm
ISBN 0 642 24139 2 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, February 2000


The application of cost benefit analysis to crime prevention, has, until now, been limited. This paper outlines techniques of cost benefit analysis and presents some evaluated examples of crime prevention programs. As crime imposes considerable costs on society in terms of financial, emotional, and missed opportunities, Chisholm shows how identifying and investing in effective programs can be a beneficial process