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?
Poll not working? follow this link: https://economistfoundation.typeform.com/prison-poll
Cast your vote in the poll. Then, explain what you chose in the comments below.
Challenge: imagine a government has money to spend on keeping people safe. What percentage should they spend on preventing crime and what percentage should they spend on protecting people from crime?
Don’t forget to read and respond to other students’ comments too.