Criminals are "great innovators" says a UN official

Boarding a pirate vessel off the coast of Somalia. Photo: EU (File photo)

Crime and conflict are inextricably linked according to a researcher from the United Nations University (UNU).

John de Boer is Senior Policy Advisor on the role the academia can play in aiding the fight against crime at the UNU Centre for Policy Research.

He says researchers need to think ahead in tackling criminals who are known as great innovators who respond very quickly to environmental changes.

Mr de Boer, who is attending the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Preventing and Criminal Justice, underway in Doha Qatar, says all agencies need to work together to tackle crime.

Jorge Miyares caught up with Mr de Boer who first spoke about the role of researchers in the fight against crime.

Duration: 2’41″

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