Crime & Crime Prevention

Crime and Crime Prevention is a challenge for every government and society. Learn more about how governments deal with crime, criminals and crime prevention.


One out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape, and many are afraid to or don't know how to report it.

Melissa Moore struggles to reconcile the normal experiences of growing up with her father, Keith Hunter Jesperson, with the realization that he was also the Happy Face serial killer. And she wonders if being a psychopath could be hereditary.

William Burke and William Hare cut out the middleman in the early 19th-century Scottish grave-robbing game.

Political ideology serves as a motivator for some people to commit espionage, but it's not the only factor at play when someone decides to spy.

In the vast majority of cases, a child, parent, spouse or friend who goes missing returns home unharmed. But if they don't, would you know what to do first?

An active shooter situation at work may not be common, but you should really know how you'd handle it before it happens.

Psychics often try to help police solve crimes, but how many times are they really successful?

President Donald Trump says if the U.S. just deports members of the MS-13 gang, the country will be much safer. But is it really that simple?

From public letters to anime porn, the 470,000 public files offer a window into the last years of al-Qaida mastermind Osama bin Laden.

Where do we draw the line between interesting and appalling?

For the first 100 years, this amendment got little attention. But since the 20th century, Americans have been vigorously debating what exactly the "right to bear arms" means.

Gay men have been the target of many serial killers. The cases often go unsolved because men fear they'll be outed as gay if they talk. Do you hold the lead to solve one of these crimes?

The Mann Act was passed in 1910 and even though it's been used legitimately, it's also been abused to nab men of color like Jack Johnson and Chuck Berry.

High-profile cases over the past few years have shown the benefits — and pitfalls — of asking the public to report any suspicious activities they notice to the police. When does that tip over into racial or ethnic bias?

Drug courts have changed the lives of the thousands of people who've "graduated" through the program. But how exactly do the judges, rehab facilities and counselors facilitate these courts, and do they deter repeat offenders?

If you thought slavery ended with the ratification of the 13th amendment, think again. Slavery is flourishing across the globe.

Australia hasn't had a mass shooting in 22 years; the U.S. has had dozens during that same time.

Is there something about American suburban high school culture that makes it fertile ground for school shootings? One researcher says 'yes.'

Wayne Williams is serving a life sentence for killing dozens of black kids in Atlanta between 1979 and 1981. But some say he didn't do it and evidence of his innocence was covered up.

Arsenic? Been there, done that! These six other poisons should delight you murder nerds and obscurists out there.

Charles Manson and his family have captivated the world since their murderous spree in the late '60s. What is it about this cult leader that made him so mesmerizing?

The struggle to define which crimes are considered terrorism — and which are not — isn't easy.

Hotel security in the U.S. today seems to be where airport security was before 9/11. Will it change after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history?

We don't expect to ever be in a mass shooting. But by assuming the worst can happen, one expert says, we take the first step toward being prepared.

Three new studies highlight the regional differences in gun injuries and deaths among young children and teens.