Victim Support Malta strongly believes that prevention is better than cure, and therefore, a strong and coordinated approach towards crime prevention is indeed required. In view of the fact that Malta lacks a crime prevention strategy, it was felt that action in this regard is required. To this end, Victim Support Malta developed a project called Strengthening Crime-Prevention Amongst EU Member States focusing on this topic.
The aim of this project was mainly that of organising an event during which to gather a number of Victim Support organisations coming from various EU member states, in order to discuss the topic of Crime Prevention. This project provided an opportunity for these participants to establish cooperation on crime prevention on an EU level.
During this event, the participants were involved in informal workshops and informal working dinners with the aim of encouraging active participation from all the participants. This project outlined the theoretical perspective on crime prevention, which will served as the general introduction of the event.
A main aim of this project was to enable the analysis of EU policies which focus on crime prevention, such as the Framework decision on crime prevention, and the Communication from the European Commission on Crime Prevention. Another main aim of this project was for the participants to establish a strong relationship, and this was achieved, inter alia, through the sharing of good practices between the participants, identifying best practices and development of recommendations.
More information about the project can be obtained via our project website www.crime-prevention.net. Amongst the project deliverables, one can find the project report , which can be downloaded from the said website, which entails a collation of various tools which can be used by our policy makers to develop a crime prevention strategy for the Maltese Islands.