Qualitätsmanagement in der Kriminalprävention

Quality Management in Crime Prevention

The Beccaria Standards for ensuring quality in crime prevention projects


The Beccaria Standards includes measures and requirements for quality planning, execution and assessment of crime prevention programmes and projects. It applies to the following seven key steps of a project:

The Beccaria Standards offers a manual to developers, players in the field and other people with responsibility in crime prevention, to ensure the quality of their crime prevention work. Whoever is responsible should ensure that

  1. they align the planning, implementation and reviewing of crime prevention projects with the criteria for quality outlined in science and literature.
  2. projects are designed in such a way that they can be evaluated.
  3. scientific experts, advisors, contracting bodies and sponsors are at hand to have a technical foundation for judging the project’s targeting of objectives and quality

The Beccaria Standards describes an overall programme of requirements to ensure quality. A satisfactory warranty for the quality of a project can only be achieved by complying with the overall programme. The individual requirements are always in step with each other. Selective attention or inattention to particular steps of the Beccaria Standards would be detrimental to the level of quality.

Developed by Dr. Volkhard Schindler, Jörg Bässmann, Erich Marks, Dr. Anja Meyer, Dr. Ruth Linssen