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Solution for Security in the Face of Globalization

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Globalization has transformed the nature of crime and the need for security. Under current systems of justice, crime fighting and crime prevention tend to be conducted in local, national and internati ...

Globalization has transformed the nature of crime and the need for security. Under current systems of justice, crime fighting and crime prevention tend to be conducted in local, national and international policy silos. These systems are no longer appropriate for dealing with the globalization of crime, which has come to include multifaceted, complex and highly interrelated domains, such as terrorism, drug trafficking, cybercrime and urban violence.

Implement a global tracking system for weapons and ammunition.

While it is possible to track even a bottle of water and its value chain across the globe, weapons and ammunition are still moving out of the sight of public authorities. The presence of weapons and ammunition is pivotal in most of the criminal activities of greatest concern to those authorities—and certainly in those that cost the most lives. At the same time, weapons and ammunition are often imported.

An effective tracking system for the major producers of weapons and ammunition would be a vital step towards eradicating trans-border arms trafficking, thereby contributing to depriving many criminal activities of one of their most important resources. The global community, including public authorities but also manufacturers and other private stakeholders, thus needs to implement a tracking system for weapons and ammunition.

Each nation-state is responsible for closing its borders to incoming and outgoing illicit arms and ammunition trade. Border protection against weapons and ammunition should be a priority for crime reduction within a clear national policy for public safety.

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