The purpose of Crimeframeworks is to be a central repository of a suite of evolving conceptual/practical frameworks Paul Ekblom has developed (in collaboration with others) as tools for thinking and communication for crime prevention in general, and for Design Against Crime in particular. The aim is to make the frameworks easily findable on the web, to introduce people to the basic content, to supply links and downloads to relevant examples, documents and websites, and for users to offer their assessments of the frameworks and to participate in further development. The individual frameworks are not entirely consistent with one another, a result of their diverse origins; but the intention is to move steadily towards integration.
Features common to the frameworks set out here are:
- A concern with clarity, consistency and rigour but simultaneously supporting innovation and creativity.
- Appreciation that crime and its prevention are complex, demanding tasks which require a certain ‘appropriate complexity’ to understand and to influence them; with a corresponding vision of practitioners as resembling consultants more than checklist-bearing technicians, and a readiness to invest in the necessary training and education to deliver good performance in prevention.
- A concern with conceptual systems rather than individual ideas taken in isolation ‘leading to the approach of definition-in-depth’ in which the main concept defined rests on a suite of interlinked, consistent definitions of subsidiary concepts.
- A related concern with integration of theories and of knowledge more widely.
- An interest in anticipation ‘futures, foresight or horizon-scanning’ applications.
Ultimately the site is intended to include interactive guidance on how to use the frameworks, and graphical interfaces to access knowledge.