Halt helps juveniles become aware of the choices they make and how they arrive at those choices. Peer pressure makes it hard for juveniles to make their own choices within a group of young people. Still, they have to accept personal responsibility and Halt calls them to account in this respect.
As a result of the direct contacts, Halt has accumulated the necessary expertise on the background to, and ways to approach, common forms of juvenile crime. This expertise forms an important basis for crime prevention, not just as a result of the contacts but also through the substantive development of projects and materials.
Halt’s preventive activities primarily focus on the perpetrators and on undertaking situation-oriented projects. Halt is also engaged in primary prevention (‘general activities’) sessions by offering educational programmes to students, parents and teachers.
Halt undertakes a wide variety of activities in the field of prevention. Some well-known examples include the public information campaign on fireworks, school safety projects, primary and secondary school educational programmes and graffiti cleaning operations. Halt is engaged with prevention in a general sense and for instance carries out projects together with public transport sector companies or arranges local projects as an alternative to loitering and boredom.
These projects focus on information, awareness, forming an opinion and offering behavioural alternatives.
Furthermore, Halt also gives targeted advice to local authorities, schools and cooperating organisations.
Local authorities are the most important clients of the Halt offices and supply most of the money for the crime prevention activities. Halt also carries out additional fund-raising activities and works together with provincial authorities.