Crime in the European context at large: the enlargement of Europe means greater opportunities for crime, but it is also an incentive for the process of approximating law and building institutions to counteract it. The Journal monitors crime trends in an enlarged Europe and follows this process of legislative and institutional change;
The international dimensions of crime: making Europe the focus of the Journal does not mean forgetting the international dimensions of crime. The Journal is interested in understanding crime in different geographical and socio-economic contexts, and in presenting innovative crime prevention policies and practices;
Security and rights: the trade-off between security and rights seems to be the issue of the next few years. The Journal focuses on when it is possible to optimise the effectiveness of the criminal justice systems and their respect of human and civil rights;
The reduction of opportunities versus crime control: the Journal regards criminal justice systems as important in crime prevention but not as the only way to deal with this, and therefore devotes attention to alternative policies and practices.