Prevention or protection?

Governments are responsible for keeping people safe. But sometimes it isn’t easy to decide how to do that.

What's the best way for governments to keep people safe?

By preventing crime – for example, through education programmes or social support?

Or by protecting people from crime – for example, by opening more prisons or employing more police officers?

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  • The government should focus more of their resources towards the prevention of crime. This is because usually, there is not enough law enforcement to protect the people, so they should allocate some resources towards prevention instead, as it is harder to protect against crimes that could of had measures of prevention against it. Prevention should use up 60% of resources towards awareness and prevention, and campaigns of looking for mental health signs that seem to be so risky now-a-days. Protecting should take up 30%, I say this because there are many petty misdemeanors that turn serious if only people were taught how to manage their emotions better, and stringer ethics towards honesty and kindness. The other 10% I chose to go more towards schools, as this is where awareness most matters since students are the future of how the future thinks. Instilling honest principles in the young people of today is a great way to avoid some unnecessary conflict just because kids weren’t taught to manage social situations better, or how to handle a rough patch in life, or couldn’t find the help they needed. It is a fact most crimes or hurtful comments are made impulsively, so it is good to focus more towards prevention in order to protect.

    1. Some good points, you mention that 10% should go towards schools, how can schools instil honest principles? Does your school teach you how to be a good citizen?

      1. There are many ways schools can instill honest principles in young children and in teens. One such thing that comes to mind are youth internship programs for teens. There are a lot of programs for the youth depending on where you are in the US, and these programs are designed to busy teenagers, learn social skills while building their background and interesting them in different trades. These are great for occupying youth since you can’t really commit crimes if you’re too busy, and building connections with other humans. My school doesn’t teach us how to be a good citizen; however, they do offer after school activities that are meant to engage students in our school and keep them from getting into trouble. I do think there are a lot of areas my school can improve on, and that includes citizenship programs, like volunteering field trips, and spending the time to help out different centers.

        1. Some great suggestions, thank you for sharing! Maybe you could talk to your teacher about ideas about how your school can embed better citizenship values within the classroom!

        2. The school and the home is a major part of a child's life whatever the are thought at this stage matters a lot. If a child is in an environment where he is busy doing a lot of educational things the possibility of such a child getting involved on crime is low. Children should be involved in productive things such as: learning different skills because if the learn different skills at this age it would help them to be busy practicing what they have learnt the would not have time to think talk more of engaging in crime when the grow up because the know that crime would do no good to them.

          1. Hey clever
            Yes it is true that home is the first level of socialisation but if I may ask, when a child is well trained from home, and eventually the child leaves the parents and goes to live in the school or any other environment what is the probability that the child will not be influenced by peer group? Do you really think the child will remain a child of integrity or will be influenced to commit crime?

            1. I would want to answer this question.I believe in preven-
              tion because it's up to the
              child to be influenced to commit Crimes and lose his or her integrity.

      2. Hello!
        Well,I think this a very good and iinteresting topisc which I think could provide a lot of solutions in our lives today. Most people who perform crimes nowadays are either from an uneducated or poor background and as such they makee poor, uninformed and sometimes irrational decisions. This is were I think the school comes in.
        The school can help give people this good background by educating them in not only the formal aspect of education but also the informal such as proper decision making.
        Here in Nigeria the government has introduced a compulsory subject in our school curriculum which is CIVIC EDUCATION OR NATIONAL VALUES EDUCATION. This subject teaches students about their rights, duties, priviledges and obligations. Through this subject I was able to learn about my rights such as right to freedom and rights to life. I am using this knowledge I have gathered as a result of this subject to now have an informative and educative discussion on this platform. This has made me a better citizen and a weel informed one at that wh knows their rights and duties.
        I think things sucjha s this should not only be implemented in our cchool systems but in our daily rights to promote better citizens who can help the socety. This will help curb the fast rising rate of social crimes around the world today.
        Thank You!!!

        1. Thank you for sharing about what your school does in Nigeria!

      3. Hey Ollie,
        Considering that school is often called our second home and as students we spend more time in school than in our own homes, it is safe to say that school has an impact on our behavior and personality . Here we gain not only knowledge but also important developments. A good school has the power to shape students' lives in so many ways, and education is critical to our personal growth. This is why I strongly believe that instilling the principles of honesty in schools requires a comprehensive approach. First, it becomes critical to integrate ethics and character education into the curriculum, providing students with a platform to discuss the importance of honesty, integrity and ethical decision-making through concrete real-life examples. Second, educators and administrators play a vital role by serving as role models and demonstrating integrity in their actions and decisions. Establishing a clear code of conduct that emphasizes honesty, coupled with consistently applied consequences for dishonest behavior, and promoting open lines of communication can help create an environment where honesty is truly valued. In addition, integrating core values, including honesty, into all aspects of school life helps to reinforce ethical principles. The school's commitment to citizenship education is consistent with the goal of developing well-rounded individuals who understand their rights, responsibilities and the importance of ethical behavior in society.

        1. I strongly disagree with you because school is like a place we spend at home more than school as you said, however, other students might be pampered at home and may act as good children at home but when they come to school their behaviour changes. This attitude might have a negative impact on other students so you cannot entirely blame the school because they are not in charge of these people. The blame game should be on parents of these kids because they have to study their children and find their weakness so that they can correct that mistake. A school might input good morals in a child to the highest point but it depends on the person's background and the mindset they have so the blame cannot be on the school but depends on the training from parents.

          1. Hi bustling_cliff,
            I appreciate your insights into the critical role of family in a child’s development. But I don't believe in placing blame on any particular entity because I think that won't lead to positive change. Rather, I believe that a balanced partnership between home and school is essential for the overall development of the child. The family provides a foundation of socialization, moral values, and emotional support, creating a nurturing environment. At the same time, the school provides structured education, diverse learning experiences and opportunities for teamwork. This collaboration ensures the all-round development of the child, addressing cognitive, emotional, social and moral aspects. The synergy between family and formal education produces individuals with academic excellence, life skills, and a strong moral foundation. This approach fosters independence, responsibility and a sense of community, producing individuals who are not only knowledgeable but also adaptable and socially aware. So I think balance is key and it's important to acknowledge and value all the sectors and people that continue to shape us.

        2. I agree because...giving the student access to the platform it can help to gain more knowlede about honesty, integrity.
          some times the students who dont have phones, it is ture that our parent have phones so they can access their parent phones, in addition to have more knowledge when they are on the platform.

        3. Excellent answer, thank you for sharing your insight with me!

      4. Hi there, that’s a great question. Schools play an important role in instilling honesty principles in students, they do this by increasing values like honesty, integrity or programs that focus on character education where students learn about the importance of ethical behaviors. Schools can also provide open discussions and opportunities for us to practice being honest in our daily activities interaction. I believe that teaching good citizenship super important into shaping us into well-rounded individuals. Additionally schools provide opportunities for students to develop empathy and understanding towards others.

        1. Thank you for sharing, I agree that students should be encouraged to develop empathy. Does your school teach this? If so, can you suggest how?

          1. Well in regards to whether my school helps students in developing empathy or not, in my opinion I would say kind of but not really. I say this because when we say developing students empathy meaning the teachers need to also be empathize with us the students which they do not mostly do, though they might not be always empathetic towards us, they do try making we the student develop empathy by making the students engage in community service and also learn about social issues like creating a safe and respectful environment for open discussion about social issues and current events and they also help in conflict resolution by teaching students effective communication and conflict resolution resolution skills to help them empathize and understand one another.😅

      5. Agree with you as kids need the teachings they can for there possible future but at the same time prisons need money because they need to protect people in the prison.

        1. I'm not sure about this because... I think the people in prison don't need protection. Who at all are you trying to protect the prisoners from? Those who are not in prison are the ones who need protection because the prisoners could kidnap them, kill them, rob them and worst of all influence them with their negativity. But I personally think prevention is the best option because when you prevent crime there is no one to protect which makes the job single.

      6. I believe schools can instill honesty in children by teaching these values in class and by organizing community service activities. My school already includes national values in all subjects teaching us how to be responsible citizens.
        Yes my school teaches me how to be a good citizen because the vision of my school is "to make global citizens that will be change agents". At my school, we are treated equally and guided to do what is right. If we make mistakes we are reminded and helped to correct them. School isn't just for learning, it is where we develop morals and attitude were we are trained to be better citizens. In my school, being cool isn't just about popularity it's about having the right morals. So I believe school place a big role in shaping US into responsible and good members of society.

      7. How can schools instill honest principles

        The school as an institution plays a crucial role in the aspect of instilling honest principles. It is said that a person whom you look up to,you begin to wear his or her character that is Role models in the school can be a powerful way of instilling and inspiring honest principles in the minds of the students. Students can learn positive things from their role model in their school such as teachers,principals or non teaching staff.
        Schools can help instill a strong honest principles in students by teaching them the importance of honesty in subjects like social studies,history ,civic education and the likes adding the importance and how it affects them and the society,i believe if they are sensitized more they will surely have that positive mindset of honesty.

        In addition,during extra curricular activities in schools,schools can use that opportunity to encourage students to set personal goals and values that relates and align with honesty . this can be done through individual counseling,classroom discussions whereby students have a clear understanding of their own values,they are more likely to make decisions that align with those values and also instill honest principles in their minds.

        Schools have being an institution where they dont only teach and learn but also instill some moral principles in the minds of their students which makes them go far in life,one of those principles is honesty,schools now teach students on the assembly ground a topic for week in which some is honesty,dramas are also acted live on stage on the importance of Honesty some become emotional and have a positive change of mind to be honest throughout their lives.
        Literature can also be used to explore moral dilemmas and the value of honesty. Clubs like the debate team can help students learn how to communicate honestly and respecfully.
        Schools should address the students using real life examples on the consequences of dishonesty making it tangible to them so that the students can a rethink and see why it is important to be honest.

    2. I agree because... preventing people from crime is the safest option. Catching people while young is a very good idea, I say this because when you have gotten them young it will be very hard for them to deviate again. Protection is very risky because... human lives are at stake when talking about deploying more police and soldiers but when it comes to prevention it overall improves the rate of crime. Prevention also helps when planning ahead when talking about future crime rate because prevention simply means that less of such is going to occur in the future.

      Thankyou @methodical_harp.

      1. I disagree because as much as prevention is important, so is protection. In my opinion, protection is not "risky" because the whole purpose of protection is to preserve human life.

    3. Hi,
      I agree with you, I also picked this option because it is true preventing crime to me is the whole deal, if we prevent the crime in the first place there won't be a need to protect people from crime or danger and during my research I found out that the benefits of preventing crime are more that that of protecting people from crime. Protecting people from crime just provides a limited range of benefits, Like you said protecting can only do a little but preventing can help us go a long way in enhancing our quality of life, improving our public safety, strengthening our communities and reducing regression. There are many things we could prevent especially when they are still at there lowest stage. For example if in my country we can make job opportunities more available it will be better , because it is the lack of jobs that make people resort to a life of crime. Most of the people in my country that commit crimes like stealing, robbery, kidnapping, etc. do these things because they do not have any source of livelihood and that was the only thing they could do to find a means to survive and after doing it for sometime it becomes hard for them to leave that life, so creating job opportunities is an effective way of reducing crime and prevention of crime can do a lot for a country like minimizing financial and social costs associated with criminal activities, these funds that are used up for the purpose of protecting people from crime can instead be used to do many other the things for the development of the country. Crime prevention measures can be imbibed in various platforms and settings like the family, schools , the market, etc. Preventing crime is a farsighted path that aims to identify and address the root causes of crime and trying also to tackle it to reduce the tendency of criminal activity, on the other hand, protecting people from crime is a reactive path that centers its attention on responding to criminal acts after they have happened or occurred. So you see prevention of these crimes is more effective than protection from these crimes , and also "prevention is the key to longevity".
      Thank you!

      1. I agree with you. The government should focus and spend some money on preventing crime. If they prevent crime, then they won't have to spend money on keeping people safe. Preventing crimes is better since by preventing them, they are already keeping other people safe. It's like 2 in 1. Like you said, preventing brings a lot more benefits than protecting since preventing stops a crime and there is nothing to worry about, and also protecting can only do a little. This is why I think either 60-70% should go to preventing crimes, and 40-30% should go to protect the people.

    4. This is a really interesting response. You write about 10% of resources being allocated towards schools. How do you think school-aged students could best be approached?

      1. Well, for really young children it would always start with the basics like teaching how to share, be sympathetic and empathetic. For more older children, I think different field trips and programs would be a great way to teach them honest principles and how to adapt and learn. Field trips include helping out shelters, volunteering, and maybe just a field trip where someone sits down with them and has a discussion. I don’t think scaring them into staying away from crime would be very effective, or for example something like the D.A.R.E program. The D.A.R.E program was a campaign for students to say no to drugs and cigarettes, but many of the children in that program ended up doing drugs and smoking cigarettes anyway. I think a more lighthearted approach involving getting students involved in their communities, and internship programs will keep a lot of kids out of jail. This will teach them to work hard and be able to earn money through their efforts.

        1. I agree because it is very good to be gentle with children and approach them in a friendly manner and as you have said field trip and also excortions would help the older children. When approaching older children it is good for you to start with things that would interest them. Teaching children the effects,consequences and problems associated with crime would help them a lot. Students should also be encouraged to learn a skill while in school.

          1. I agree because that is the most effective approach in bring up children the right way. Whatever they learn at a young age will stay with them forever.

        2. I tally with you methodical harp, just as some people would say, "It is easier to build up a child than to repair an adult. Your words and actions have power in the child's life. Use them wisely." A child's mind is very powerful. When you educate a child, it involves the body and not just the mind yes going on excursions will actually help the child. A child should know the dos and don'ts so that the child will not mistakenly do what is wrong out of ignorance. Because these days, I hear stories of children going into crimes. But I won't go deep because of the youngsters here. So, when we educate, we educate fully not halfway. Do not postpone and thing that will educate and improve.

    5. Hi,
      I agree because... when I was younger I was told that "prevention is better than cure". I went for the first option that the best way for the government to keep people safe is by preventing crime. Preventing of crime is better because where there is no crime, there will be no need to protect people from crime. I believe that the government should allocate more of their resources to preventing crime through teaching of students in schools about dangers of crime, organize programmes for youths discouraging a life of crime, financially helping the less privileged so that they would not begin to commit crime out of desperation and so on. But also because the government allocates more resources to preventing crime that does not mean that they should neglect the aspect of protecting people from crime. As much as the government tries its best to prevent crime, crime is still there, therefore the government must also put things in place to protect people from crime.

      Thank you.

    6. I agree with you, the government should centre their attention on preventing crimes because if they choose to prevent crimes, prevention of crime simply means the attempts to eliminate crime prior to it occurring or before any additional activity. And in my opinion, if the government have money, they should at least use 80% of the money on preventing crimes because it is their first priority as the government, to keep their people safe from any harmful danger and students should also be taught the consequences and the harmful effects of crime to restrain them from attempting any, and school is the foundation of everything, school is where we all learn about how and why things are happening.
      So it is good to concentrate on preventing the nation because if they do not prevent, how would they protect nation, I mean they go hand in hand with each other.
      Thank you.

      1. Hello, admirable_reindeer, I strongly agree with your opinion.
        Government should focus their attention on preventing crimes. if Government are to use 80% of their money to prevent crimes as you stated, In my opinion I would they should invest the money in creating opportunities for the youth. 90& of the happenings in the world today is as a result of unemployment. Cybercrimes, Yahoo, and many more are as a result of joblessness. So I think law enforcement, developmental, community and situational prevention should go alongside job opportunities. ThaNK YOU

        1. Hello! I appreciate your agreement and your insightful perspective on crime prevention. Investing in creating opportunities for youth is indeed crucial for addressing the root causes of many crimes, such as unemployment. By providing avenues for education, skill development, and meaningful employment, governments can empower individuals and communities, ultimately reducing the likelihood of engaging in criminal activities.

          Combining efforts in law enforcement with developmental, community, and situational prevention strategies, as you suggested, can create a comprehensive approach to tackling crime. By addressing both the immediate factors contributing to crime and the underlying socioeconomic issues, governments can work towards building safer and more prosperous societies for all. Thank you for sharing your valuable insights!

    7. One of the main functions of governments is to ensure good safety and security of their citizens. However, there are different approaches and strategies that governments can use to achieve this goal.
      For me it depends on the nation because some governments may focus more on preventing crime, while others may prioritize protecting people from crime.

      Preventing crime means taking proactive measures to reduce the risk and opportunity of criminal behavior. This can include implementing laws and regulations, enforcing social norms and values, providing education and employment opportunities, addressing the root causes of crime such as poverty and inequality, and investing in community development and social cohesion. Preventing crime can have benefits for society, as it can reduce the costs and harms associated with crime, improve the quality of life and well-being of people, and foster a culture of respect and responsibility.
      While on the other hand,
      Protecting people from crime means taking reactive measures to respond to and mitigate the impact of criminal behavior. This can include providing police and justice services, ensuring the rights and interests of victims and offenders, offering support and assistance to those affected by crime, enhancing the security and resilience of infrastructure and institutions, and promoting the rule of law and human rights. Protecting people from crime can have immediate benefits for society, as it can restore order and stability, deter further criminal activity, ensure accountability and justice, and foster a sense of trust and confidence.

      There needs to be a balance between preventing crime and protecting people from crime because they are both important and complementary ways for governments to keep people safe. Governments need to balance the costs and benefits of different approaches, consider the needs and preferences of their citizens, and adapt to the changing circumstances and challenges that they face. Ultimately, the best way for governments to keep people safe is to adopt a holistic and integrated approach that combines both prevention and protection strategies, while also engaging with other stakeholders such as civil society, private sector, media, and international partners.

      1. I strongly agree with your opinion reasoning_knowledge.
        Preventing crimes while protecting people from the crime itself. In most cases, the preventing crime factor may not eradicate the crime at once. Therefore while preventing the crime the government should also protect the people. if preventing the crime method should only be used then it will be injustice to the victims of the crimes. The government should also enlighten the people on various steps and actions to take when they are in danger.
        The citizens also have a role to play in the prevention of crimes. They can help in reducing crimes by removing opportunities for criminals and by promptly reporting any suspicious activities to the police.
        This is where the police have a significant role to play. Their core mission is to is to control crime. The prison is their weapon of justifying and reforming the criminals. so, criminals should be dealt with so that people can be protected.
        In the protection of people and preventing crimes I think the roles of both the public and mostly Government is greatly needed.

    8. I agree because you distributed the percentage of the money smartly. I also appreciate that you suggested that 10% be allocated to schools because school is a site for petty crimes to be committed and that's how this little criminal activities continue to develop until they become high level crimes like drug trafficking and its likes. But if 10% is given to schools, students can be enlightened on the dangers of crime and corrected at an early stage, the allocation of the 10% goes along with the saying prevention is better than cure.

      Another way to prevent crime in schools is by provision of a counsellor for the students. I can proudly say that this is effective because in my school we have a counsellor. Students go to see the counsellor whenever they have problems with home, classes, bullying, cultism suspicions and even disorders like excessive urge to steal, she advises them on how to stay away from negative emotions and even monitors them while keeping their records. This way crime is attacked right from a young age and prevented before it worsens.

    9. I solidly agree with what methodical harp said. Yes the government should focus more of their resources towards the prevention of crime. Like there is a quote that states that prevention is better than cure. The government should spend money on prevention than protection. The government should spend about 20 percent of their money on protection while they should spend about 80 percent of their money on prevention.
      Prevention has to do with education programmes, people are been adviced, thought about the consequences of involving into crimes and explains to you how to be safe from crimes.
      Thanks.
      Education makes people to become a better citizen so that there will not have any reason to put their mind in criminal acts. People should always talk about how to prevent their self's from crimes and learn to be free in other not not get involved in crimes.
      Opening more prisons does not show any development in the country rather it shows how corrupt the country is becoming.

      1. I agree, The government should create employment opportunities for it's citizens so that they won't be idle because idleness makes people to be involved in crime. The government should also talk with their citizens so that the can know how their citizens feel about all the decisions they have been making. Citizens should be informed about the consequences of crime. The government should be just and fair in their dealings because this would help in reducing the rate of crime in the country.

        1. You are right chatty_fact, a wise man one said to me "idleness is the devil's workshop" I totally agree when thaht we are idle, we will lack what to do and what pops to our mind is crime. So, the government should get more jo to keep people busy. Let's prevent crime in our different countries we should not only count on the government we can also do something for our fellow citizens! because those people can help you in your own time of trouble.

          1. The effect of unemployment on people depends on the persons mind set. If someone with a negative mindset does not have a job, he or she might go into criminal activities. But someone with a positive mindset will work on how to better his life through creativity and innovation. Lack of employment is a problem in many countries. Instead of blaming the government for every bad thing in a country, we should make minor differences that will sum up to a major difference in the country. Self-employment should be sought after. Not only does it create jobs for others, it can also serve as a source of revenue.

          2. Sometimes idleness isn't always the cause of crime. There are some crimes that even came about as a result of not being idle. Some people have jobs, but still commit crimes. Embezzlement is a type of financial crime and it is hardly a result of joblessness. Not all crimes are even related to money. There are some crimes that don't involve money in any way. Eradicating poverty won't completely erase crime. Some crimes will still thrive despite the availability of surplus money. We are focusing on the crimes that are caused by greed and need for money. We are not thinking about crimes that have no relationship with money, but other ulterior motives.

        2. I strongly agree to your points

          I'd like to add to your points
          I believe crime can also be prevented by government by collaborating with other nations to address trans national crime such as human trafficking and drug smuggling.
          To sum it up, government should foster strong relationship
          between law enforcement and communities to encourage corporation and trust.

          1. Thank you for the reply loyal_snow. You are right, collaboration can go a long way, after all "Alone we can do so little but together we can do so much." If the government joins hands, they can be able to monitor crime on a global level. This can be seen in the formation of INTERPOL ( The International Criminal Police Organization ). This organization fights crime globally. It is a really good way to handle criminals because if a criminal is arrested and escapes to another country to continue their life of crime, the INTERPOL can take care of that for sure. They handle mostly cyber crime and terrorism but this can still go a long way in helping the world at large. Collaboration will benefit us in a myriad of ways. If we want to actually fight effectively against crime, then we should learn to work effectively with each other.

        3. I agree with this comment because having nothing to do will only promote laziness. Not only this but, I also agree with the fact that citizens should be enlightened and provided with employment opportunities.
          Afghanistan has the 4th highest crime rate in the country. I believe this is because of lack of information and lack of employment opportunities. This could easily be avoided if resources are directed towards provisions for preventive measures.

        4. I agree because...government should create job opportunities for youth and citizens so that it will avoid poverty, ignorance, incontentment and avoid them to be idle because we said that an idle man is the devil's workshop. Yes government should allow youth on their young age at SSI to choose their subject early so that it will be easy for them to choose their career. In terms of crime, government should let people know about crime, and also inform them about the punishment if they commit a crime. The government should be just and fair in their dealings because this would help in reducing the rate of crime in the country.
          I REST MY CASE........

        5. I agree the government can negotiate with the people so that the can get to an agreement and agree on better condition of service. The should also create various job opportunity so that citizens would be able to involve themselves in meaningful and productive things. The government should avoid corrupt,manipulative and unjust practices. Students should be well informed on the consequences of involving in crime, so that when the are caught the would be punished accordingly.The government can participate in lowering the crime rate by providing rehabilitation programs for criminals and also by ensuring that police officers are effective in their duties.
          Here are some ways that the government can use to reduce crime the include: improving public safety, increasing the availability of welfare services and employment opportunities, and providing law enforcement with the resources they need to investigate and solve crimes.

        6. Hi chatty fact I totally agree because...
          There is this saying that says an idle man is the devil's workshop. So I agree with that the government should create employment opportunities for youths so as to minimize the rate of crime in our societies. And also educational programs should be given in other to create awareness of the consequences of crimes. And I believe with this the rate of crimes would be reduced.
          Thanks.

    10. I totally agree with you because i believe that in a country with a government that has money to spend, prevention of crime would be the better way to spend that money. I say this because if about 80% of these funds were to be directed at crime prevention, these educational programs would go a long way because apart from educational funds could be directed to low income families to prevent members from resorting to a life of crime. The other 20% of the funds could go to opening new prisons and employing more officers because there would always be people who would refuse to be educated and resort to a life of crime. So the rest of the money could be used to handle such people.

    11. I solidly agree with what methodic harp said about prevention and protection. According to my own opinion, government should focus more of their resources on prevention because, preventing means avoiding something in other not to occur especially wrong or negative things. It is when you don't prevent and an event is about occur that is when you start talking about protection. I think government can play a crucial role in reducing crime. Crime needs to be prevented to make human feel secure.preventing crime because it is better for crime to not even happen that makes the world safer. The government are already trying to protect people from crime but that doesn't protect them from the murders and robberies that happen.
      In conclusion, I think government should keep more eyes on preventing an incident from occuring than protecting because prevent is better than curing.
      Thank you!!

    12. Very true without law enforcers who will protect the people, for instance, in Nigeria we just witnessed a very emotional case, on December 24th, we experienced an ambush in the areas of Bokkos and Barkin Ladi in Plateau State, the government have promised their support in protecting them and that is why I think that money should be spent more on law enforcers to avoid cases like this, but again there should still be money saved to make prisons more effective and guarded to avoid cases of escape in areas and make life safer.
      Thank you for reading.

    13. Your perspective emphasizes the importance of crime prevention through resource allocation, particularly focusing on awareness campaigns, mental health initiatives, and ethical education. Prioritizing prevention in schools is highlighted as a crucial step in shaping the values and behaviors of future generations. The aim is to address the root causes and mitigate impulsive actions.

    14. I think maintaining a well-trained and adequately staffed law enforcement presence is important. This includes responding to emergencies, investigating crimes, and maintaining public safety. Teaching students about conflict resolution, emotional intelligence, and ethical behavior can contribute to a more socially responsible and law-abiding society. Public input and collaboration with various stakeholders, including communities and experts, would be essential for the success of such a comprehensive approach to crime prevention.

    15. I agree because... Prisons are already nearly fully fledged, so now it is time to prevent the prisoners from doing the same crime when they escape. However, I believe that more should go into school, and more into awareness. I believe this because kids learn young how they will act and behave when they get older, so at least 15% of the governments money should go into school awareness, and 65% should go into awareness programs and prevention, because more people will see these programs that tell them not to do crimes. Social programs and schools are better at telling people, especially kids, how to live life the fullest, because a large majority of children go to school, where they believe everything they are told. so warning children about the dangers of doing crimes would most likely decrease the crime rate.

    16. I confidently agree with you because prevention is better than cure in this case cure is the protection, but if you protect people from committing crimes that doesn't mean that people will stop committing the crimes if you prevent them from committing crimes you save or reduce your resources to pass in vain. In this case, prevention is better than protection by far.
      I am looking forward to corrections.
      Thank you.

  • I think that opening more prisons and hiring more police officers isn't going to work that well. It is because you don't usually open more prisons expecting them to be empty. I believe that in order to reduce crime, there should exist more educational programs and social support. Many people steal because they are poor and they need food and money. Many people have felt abandoned by the government, so they decided to take the matter into their own hands. We should probably remember that education starts early in people's childhoods. They need to be shown what is right and what is not, but also that they are not alone and they can benefit from the government's help.I know that everybody has a reason for what they might be doing, but I strongly believe in the saying " My freedom ends when it has come across your own rights." My teachers say this very often. It refers to the fact that, while you have the right to do things for yourself, it all falls apart when you start bothering others. That's when you have to stop. I find it crucial to understand that others have rights too and we need to respect them.

    1. Thank you very much for your response. Can you think of some examples of educational programs that have been successful?

      1. Hello Henrietta,
        In today's world, technology is everywhere and constantly advancing, playing a vital role in our daily activities. However, the widespread use of technology has led to an increase in cybercrime. Cybercrime is unique because it occurs in the digital realm, involving computers and the Internet, unlike traditional crimes that occur in the physical world. What makes cybercrime particularly dangerous is its global reach and the ability of perpetrators to hide online. These digital bad people can use sophisticated tools to carry out attacks quickly and at scale, making them difficult for ordinary people to defend against. They often target valuable information such as personal details or money, leading to issues such as identity theft and financial loss. The economic impact of cybercrime is huge, as large amounts of money are required to repair the damage caused. The ever-evolving tactics of cybercriminals make it difficult for everyone to stay safe online. At its core, cybercrime presents unique and ever-changing challenges in the digital world that are different from the crimes we typically encounter on the streets. But I believe that in order to protect ourselves and save the world from cybercrime, we can take simple steps. First, use strong, unique passwords for online accounts. Second, keep devices and software updated to fix security vulnerabilities. Third, be cautious when clicking on suspicious links or downloading unknown files. Fourth, use antivirus software for an extra layer of protection. Fifth, limit sharing personal information online. Lastly, stay informed about the latest cybersecurity threats and follow best practices for a safer digital experience. Together, by adopting these habits, we can contribute to a safer online environment.

    2. Yes I strongly agree to this comment because people have reasons for everything that they do it could be that they were hurt emotionally and thought that hurting other people can be a remedy. There alot of people today who fall into depression because there is no way to solving their problems. S

  • I think the government are not taking things seriously and not listening to the public and how they have been efected by the rude and immoral act of humans I have seen lots of documentary of people not being heard from metropolitan police and other national police. I think the government needs to get ideas from the public and try to make the country a better place.

    1. What ideas from the public can they have and how would you help the police do their jobs better in the UK, I am interested to hear your thoughts!

      1. Hello, Ollie, Technology Consultant@ KPMG.
        The public could help the police force do their jobs better and efficiently by:
        -Volunteer: Citizens can assist the police by performing some voluntary activities such as, clerical tasks, code enforcement, etc.
        -Reporting crimes which have been witnessed.
        -Police officers should be often complimented to make them feel important and thank them for the impact they have made in the community.
        -Participation in neighborhood watch programs.
        -Taking part in community meetings to help positive relationships between the police force and the civilians.
        Thank you!!!

    2. This is really interesting. What sorts of ideas do you think the public could offer the government?

      1. I think for more laws about safety and more high security. I know there are some prisons
        like that but criminals are very smart on how to escape.

    3. Your thoughts are important, and connecting the government with the public is key for making positive changes. How do you think this bridge can be built effectively?

  • I voted to prevent crime. Crime is caused by the economic conditions in that country, including median income, poverty, and job availability, and sometimes by family conditions. I think that the government should support their citizens 100 percent by preventing crime in their country. They can prevent criminal behavior by enforcing laws together with their punishment, and they should try to have job opportunities and also bodies that can help prevent crime from happening. As they say, preventing is better than cure, because people can no longer live freely in a world of crime, so crime needs to be prevented to make people feel secure and calm.

    1. I agree with you, if there is no crime, the government don’t have to prevent the people from crimes. When there are no crimes, people feel secured and safe. Crimes affects the economic and educational system of a country. Citizens have try their best to prevent crimes.

    2. I completely concur with you because unemployment is a major contributing factor to crime. Additionally, poverty and unemployment are closely related.For instance, in a nation where individuals' social standing often prevents them from getting employment, people often feel insecure and believe that committing crimes against one another is the best way to increase their money and improve their life.
      Therefore, I believe that the government should invest more in job possibilities than in jails in order to avert this predicament.

      1. I agree with you, peaceful_peguin ,sorry to say this but there will always be bad eggs. Which always have their story to tell and as a developed country there should be strong law enforcement, effective crime prevention strategies and a robust justice system. By investing in these the government can work towards reducing crime rates and creating a safer environment for its citizens. And these will make people feel secure and will have a sense of trust and wellbeing.

      2. I resolutely stand with you on the fact that these days, the government are always looking for ways to prevent crime, but they hardly check out on how to protect people from even starting crime. How sure are we that it's not the short comings of the government that causes crime. In my country, its " Government for the people, by the people and to the people." Their main purpose is to protect us and provide to our satisfaction at least so that people will not see the need to commit crime.

      3. I agree because as you have said unemployment and poverty are reasons that lead to crime: If the government create more industries and reduce the cost of education then there would be low crime rate in the country, but if citizens are employed the would not have time to engage in crime. Law should also be enforced in the country and those who are found breaking the law should be punished. The government can also create an avenue/place where people who did not go to school can learn a trade so that everyone in the country would have something doing.
        The government should put more effort in preventing crime rather than protecting citizens from it.

    3. I agree because... when you prevent crime, you indirectly protect people from crime. Therefore, I feel the government should spend about sixty percent on preventing crime and forty percent on preventing people from crime, if they have to.
      Ways to prevent crime include:
      - Overcoming the rich and poor divide.
      - Creating awareness among youths.
      - Encouraging job programs.
      - Investing in education or school programs.

      1. Can Topical Talkers find examples of these kinds of crime prevention programmes in their communities?

        1. They can be organized by elites and sponsored and encouraged by the government. Ways to put this into practice include:
          - Partiality and discrimination among citizens should be discouraged and exterminated.
          - Youth groups should protest on high crime rate and misuse of prisons and enlighten other youth on the importance and correct use of prisons.
          - Government should invest more in creating more job opportunities for citizens because unemployment and underemployment are major factors of high crime rate.
          - The importance of prisons to prisoners, victims of crime and the public should be added to school curriculums (civic education).
          Importance of prisons to:
          a. PRISONERS: It is to correct law breakers on their unacceptable behavior and its effects to their personal lives, other citizens individually and the country as a whole.
          b. VICTIMS OF CRIME: Prisons are a sign and act of justice to crime victims. They are also a symbol of safety as they isolate victims from their assaulters.
          c. THE PUBLIC: Prisons isolate prisoners from the public so that prisoners cannot corrupt them and to use them as examples on the consequences of law breaking.

        2. There are several community-based crime prevention programs that have been implemented in various communities. One such program is the Community-Based Violence Interventions (CVI), which has been successful in reducing gun violence and violent crime in communities over the past two decades. The program works to reduce homicides and shootings through trusted partnerships between community stakeholders, individuals most affected by gun violence, and government. The program connects individuals most at risk of committing or experiencing violence with community members who have walked a similar path whom they trust or respect.

    4. I agree with you because firstly, "prevention is better than cure" as the popular quote states, and then it would be better to totally eliminate and prevent crime than to protect people from it because with the prevention of crime people won't need protection from it because it would be non-existent.

      1. I agree with you, but we mustn't forget that although prevention is better than cure, it is also better safe than sorry. The fact that citizens must be protected against people who commit crimes that refuse to be rehabilitated, that more police should be recruited and that more secure prisons should be opened absolutely should not be overlooked.
        Yes, it is important to educate people in order to prevent crime, but not everyone chooses to do the right thing. And hard as it may be, those who choose the wrong thing have to face the consequences.

      2. well said! wondrous_mode. I strongly agree with you, focusing on total elimination of crime should be the main goal. because what is the usefulness of protecting the people from crimes when the causative agents of the crimes are still roaming freely. Laying a harsh and cruel consequence for the doers of the crimes should be put in place.
        Protecting the people from the crime is also a good thing but I think eliminating the crimes should be the upmost priority.

      3. I'm not sure about this because... I think both prevention and protection are equally important. I think 50% of the resources should go to preventing crime while the other 50% should be allocated to protective measures.
        The reason why I said so it's because preventing crime is important because it ensures the safety of everyone reducing the risk of anyone being harmed which will create a safer environment. Also dedicating funds to protection is equally important because it's also Shields people from harm and danger.
        I strongly believe that both prevention and protection effort can work hand in hand to ensure the safety and well-being of our community.

    5. That is an interesting observation you made about the link between crime rates and poverty. Why would an increase in job opportunities help to reduce crime in certain areas?

    6. I agree because preventing crime would have a bigger effect than protecting in general because after a crime is committed someone loses something and the criminal is in prison which is protecting but if we prevent it we can not only help someone to live a better life we can also stop someone from losing something or someone

  • The government should take a bigger percentage of their money to the protection of people from crimes. Why? Because to fully prevent crime, the government need to eliminate the root causes of crime such as poverty, family conditions and even religion. These root causes, and more, are almost impossible to eliminate so why waste time trying to prevent crime when we can find ways to protect the innocent ones who are victims of crimes.

    The government can take 70% of their money to protect people from crimes and the remaining 30% to prevent crimes. The money spent on protecting people from crimes can be dedicated to the introduction of more prisons or the employment of more police officers. It can also be dedicated to the strict training of officers in the stance of ill-behaved individuals.

    The remaining 30% can be dedicated to education campaigns and social awareness events to enlighten individuals on the dangers of living a deviant life (which could result to their death). Safety measures can also be employed in case of dangers occurring, people can protect themselves by making temporary solutions before seeking legal help from the police (e. g self defence )

    1. I think you make an excellent point about the root causes of crime often being linked to poverty. Do any topical Talkers agree or disagree with original_robin's statement:
      "These root causes, and more, are almost impossible to eliminate so why waste time trying to prevent crime".

      1. I slightly disagree with you, because if we think so negatively from the beginning, then of course it will seem impossible. I believe that we should be thinking more positively. We can't actually solve a problem if we don't even expect to succeed. I hope that we can agree on the fact that:
        By preventing crime, we make sure that less people are in prison, that less people are killed and less people are unhappy. Prison isn't a nice place, where you could live a decent life. Not at all. By committing a crime and going there, the course of your life changes. It can prevent you from what you could've become. It prevents you from killing other people, but it can also prevent you from getting the life of your dreams. Only if you wouldn't have made that one mistake that led to this, you could have now been happy, with an amazing, stable job, with friends and family around you. I don't believe that those who get out of prison could ever have the same life. Some change into a better version of themselves. Unfortunately, some just give up, become depressed and live a miserable life. Another unfortunate case is when somebody comes out of prison and decides to go back to the old, bad habits. When that happens, I would like to know: What was even the purpose of staying in prison? I totally understand that people need protection, but preventing crime also means to protect the people. Personally, I would like to find a way to help the people who decide to commit crimes understand why it is wrong. Everybody has a certain reason for which they are doing something, but that doesn't mean that others deserve to be the victims.

        1. I won’t say I completely disagree with you marvellous_hedgehog. What you said about thinking positively caught my attention. You have a good point there, but that doesn’t mean it is completely accurate. Just because we choose to look at the positive side does not mean there is no negative side. One mistake that people make is ignoring the negative side because it is called being pessimistic. We shouldn't ignore the negative side, we should find a way to solve it. In this case that would be to protect the people from crimes by improving law enforcement agencies. Yes, the government should try and prevent crimes but if they let their guard down then a crime wave could arise and them by surprise and not the pleasant type of surprise. It is inevitable to have a negative side because not everyone will accept change. Sometimes they may have been taught but they still chose to take the wrong path and we can’t really do anything about that can we? Prevention is better than cure but it is better to be safe than sorry. If we invest everything in prevention then we will have no resources left to cure if the need arises. Prevention is good but I think protection is paramount.