Addressing the drivers of crime
The 'drivers of crime' refer to the underlying causes of criminal offending and victims' experiences of crime. It recognises that certain circumstances of people's lives are associated with a greater likelihood of offending and victimisation.
What are the drivers of crime?
The underlying drivers of crime represent the most difficult problems in our society today - stemming from risk factors within family, community and educational environments.
The underlying drivers of crime are inter-related, yet many services are focused on dealing with a single issue. For example, special education needs or substance abuse.
Addressing the Drivers of Crime involves:
- a shared responsibility across a range of government agencies and service providers
- a focus on improved value for money through better co-ordinated, better targeted and more effective services and programmes
- a particular focus on improving outcomes for Māori
- providing the right services, at the right time, to the people most in need of them.
The Government's approach:
- strengthening families and communities
- reducing the impact of the facilitators and contributors to crime
- delivering effective justice.
Co-ordinated Drivers of Crime action is targeted at:
- early prevention
- treatment for specific needs related to offending
- justice sector responses that reduce re-offending.
In this section
Who is involved: The range of agencies and government departments involved with Drivers of Crime.
Four priority areas: Current progress and background information on the different priority areas.
Publications and background information: Useful resources, Cabinet papers and background data.
Drivers of crime ministerial meeting: Speeches, reports and public submissions on the set up of Drivers of Crime in 2009.