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Handbook released to strengthen security

VIENNA, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- The United Nations has released a security handbook detailing ways to reduce crime and other threats in the southern African and Caribbean regions.

The guide, titled "The Handbook on Planning and Action for Crime Prevention in Southern Africa and the Caribbean Regions," was released by the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime Tuesday as part of an effort to reduce the high criminal threat levels in the two regions, the United Nations reported.

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Officials say the handbook is targeted at policymakers and other leaders to help develop and integrate stronger policing, surveillance and also parenting programs to diminish criminal threats.

Based on internationally recognized principles developed at the United Nations, the handbook "draws on lessons from 40 crime prevention programs to increase knowledge about levels of crime, successful practices in reducing crime rates in developing countries, and multi-actor crime prevention initiatives," the release said.

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