Do joint police-military crackdown operations actually reduce violent crime?
Dr Guy Lamb, Director of SaVI, writes that any crime reduction effects from the current crackdown operation in Cape Town are likely to be short-lived, unless a holistic and realistic plan to reduce crime and violence is devised.
2018/19 State of Urban Safety in South Africa Report
SaVI, along with the Urban Safety Reference group, have released the 2018/19 State of Urban Safety in South Africa Report. This edition of the report continues to build an evidence base (aggregated to city level) that may inform policy and practice...
SAPS stuck in vicious cycle of crackdown policing
SaVI Director, Dr Guy Lamb, discusses the recent iteration of militarised policing in South Africa, which can often be effective, but is neither a long-term nor sustainable crime prevention measure.
SaVI, in partnership with the Civilian Secretariat for Police Services, hosts SaferSpaces. It is an online knowledge sharing and networking portal focusing on community safety as well as violence and crime prevention.


Wednesday, 19 February 2020
Guy Lamb on Carte Blanche
Disarming citizens

SaVI Director, Dr Guy Lamb, discusses firearms and crime on Carte Blanche.

Publication Date:
Tue, 04 Feb 2020 - 10:00
Community a ‘powerful tool’ in fighting crime

Community is a ‘powerful tool’ in fighting crime. That was the message from Dr Sianne Alves, Director of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Office for Inclusivity & Change (OIC), at the recent seminar hosted by SaVI and the Institute for Security Studies.

Publication Date:
Wed, 18 Sep 2019 - 10:30
Boys to violent men: What we know, and what we can do
SaVI Director, Dr Guy Lamb, along with Prof Cathy Ward, Prof Shanaaz Mathews, and PhD candidate Soraya Lester, write: "We don’t need more research, we need action. Some of what must be done is already outlined in South African laws and policies. The Children’s Act, for instance, makes violence prevention interventions mandatory."
Publication Date:
Mon, 16 Sep 2019 - 11:15
Public Seminar: "Spotlight on violence: what do SA's crime statistics say?"

Public anxiety has been heightened by recent high-profile incidents such as the rape and murder of UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana, mob attacks on foreign nationals, and the deployment of the military to support police on the Cape Flats. This seminar will reflect on the recent incidents of violence

Publication Date:
Tue, 10 Sep 2019 - 12:00