21, February, 2017
COMPARATIVE EVIDENCE PAPER

Community-Based Crime Prevention Practices in El Salvador and Nigeria: Understanding Communities’ Willingness to Act

This study seeks to answer why some communities who engage in community-based crime prevention practices are able to withstand high rates of crime and others are not through a comparative analysis of communities located in severe crime zones in El Salvador and Nigeria.

The inability of many governments to provide adequate security for their citizens is a major reason behind the adoption of non-state approaches to crime prevention. These include community-based crime prevention (CBCP) projects and practices which form the focus of this study.

Why are some communities able to withstand high rates of crime and others are not? This study seeks to answer this question through a comparative analysis of communities located in severe crime zones in El Salvador and Nigeria. The researchers investigated the interplay between severity of crime, level of trust, community participation, social ties and willingness to act as they define, explain and condition CBCP efforts in both countries.

Authors:
Alan E. Melara
Ayobami Ojebode
Babatunde R. Ojebuyi
Ngozi J. Onyechi
Oyewole Oladapo
Obasanjo Oyedele
Israel Fadipe

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