Interventions to reduce anti-social behaviour and crime

A review of effectiveness and costs

by Jennifer Rubin, Lila Rabinovich, Michael Hallsworth, Edward Nason

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Antisocial behaviour is an increasingly key topic of public concern. According to home office statistics, around 66,000 reports of antisocial behaviour (ASB) are made to authorities each day. Vandalism alone, one type of ASB, is estimated to cost victims and the criminal justice system around £1.3 billion a year. In this context, government is introducing new legal instruments and policy initiatives to tackle ASB. The National Audit Office (NAO) has begun a study of a range of measures used by the Home Office to address the problem. As part of its study, the NAO commissioned a review of the existing literature on the effectiveness, costs and benefits for intervention. This review is intended to identify and synthesise research and literature relevant to the issues addressed by the NAO study.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    The Evaluation Gap

  • Chapter Three

    Interventions: What Works

  • Chapter Four

    The Economics of Interventions

  • Appendix A


  • Appendix B

    Additional reading

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