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NCJ Number: 134804 Find in a Library
Title: Community Safety, Crime Prevention and the Local Authority (From Policing and the Community, P 45-53, 1987, Peter Willmott, ed. -- See NCJ-134801)
Editor(s): J Bright
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: Policy Studies Institute
London, NW1 3SR, England
Sale Source: Policy Studies Institute
100 Park Village East
London, NW1 3SR,
United Kingdom
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This analysis of crime prevention policy and programming in Great Britain argues that crime prevention should be led by local governments rather than by the police, should be supported by investment in infrastructure and social facilities as an alternative to more spending on the criminal justice system, and should draw heavily on citizen views.
Abstract: National and local surveys revealing that most crime is unreported have produced growing interest in crime prevention. Until recently, the generally accepted assumption has been that the police have the main responsibility for crime prevention. However, the limitations of police crime prevention have also received recognition, with the experience of the Safe Neighborhoods Unit in London indicating that police beats are too large and police-community contacts too limited and unproductive for police to have the only role. A more useful framework would increase the role of local government and emphasize localized service provision, corporate management, interagency cooperation, and citizen participation. Policy should also focus on protecting the groups most at risk and providing victim services. It should also recognize that crime problems have been intensified by the withdrawal of resources from the depressed parts of our cities and that crime reduction might be expected to follow a return to levels of investment sufficient to sustain viable neighborhoods. 12 references
Main Term(s): Foreign crime prevention
Index Term(s): Community involvement; Crime prevention planning; Police effectiveness; Social conditions; United Kingdom (UK)
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