Centre for Crime Policy and Research


The challenge of what to do about crime is universal. Every society must decide what are unacceptable behaviours, and the best ways of dealing with them.

Illegal guns, illicit drugs, cybercrime, fraud, organised crime, youth gangs, terrorism and corruption count among the key crime issues we face today. Understanding the drivers behind these issues is fundamental to working out the best ways of responding to them.

More policing and more criminal laws may be required in some instances. However, other options may exist which need to be explored.

The Centre for Crime Policy and Research (CCPR) is a dedicated multidisciplinary team of researchers at the forefront of investigating many different areas of criminal activity. The team aims to offer important research and policy advice, specialist training and to build global collaborations.

Our work is based at Flinders University in Adelaide but extends around the world with ground breaking research for local and international communities, including government, non-government, private sector organisations and the media.

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Real-world engagement

Transnational organised crime is estimated to generate up to US$870 billion each year globally, with two-thirds of Australia’s nationally significant targets linked to at least one other country.

Illicit drugs account for around half of this total, with significant funds also derived from trafficking in people, firearms, natural resources & wildlife, people smuggling, counterfeit goods and cybercrime.

Cybercrimes are growing with the global cybersecurity market skyrocketing to over $120 billion.

More than 600,000 Facebook accounts are compromised every day.

Fifteen per cent of social network users have reported that their profiles have been hacked by 'pretenders'.

In 2015 the Australian Crime Commission, Australia’s lead agency for combating nationally significant organised crime, assessed the overall risk to Australia to be high and conservatively estimated the annual cost in this country to be $15 billion. This cost represents a range of harms and losses to governments, businesses and individuals in Australia—some obvious, such as public violence—some less so, such as market distortion.

It’s the thrill of engagement. If you engage with police, or specific areas of the criminal justice system, then you get access to information that can make a change.