Q13 –Crime reduction or harm reduction? My answers to the 20 questions asked of PCC candidates

Question 13 

What’s the most important to you – crime reduction or harm reduction?

It is clear that harm done to the individual and communities is critical to reduce but equally it is hard to measure.

Crime on the other hand is easy to measure (recorded crime) but statistics work in a perverse way. For example if the police have a campaign to target drug dealers more arrests are made. Crime can be said to  have gone up but the reality is that the crime was being carried out undetected before. The harm done to individuals by stemming the drug supply may go down. Crime up, harm down???

We must seek to reduce harm at all times and worry less about the crime figures.

 

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