Crime and communities
Items are listed in date order, with the most recent first.
Measuring Neighbourhood Watch - Views of Effectiveness
The objective of this project was to look at the available literature providing evidence of the impact of Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) on crime reduction. It finds a compelling case to demonstrate that NHW is effective in reducing crime and suggests that further research is conducted to examine how NHW can be most effective and to find alternative ways of measuring the effectiveness of NHW in addressing the issues that residents value the most.
Place Survey: England - Headline Results 2008
The 2008 Place Survey provides information on people's perceptions of their local area and the local services they receive. This release summarises the headline findings for England and Government Office regions with results for individual local authorities shown in the accompanying tables. The survey collects information on 18 national indicators for local government, used to measure local government performance for 152 county councils, metropolitan district councils, London boroughs and unitary authorities. While the Place Survey is primarily intended for use at a local level, national and regional results are provided for benchmarking purposes.
Public perceptions of the police and local partners: Year ending September 2008
The British Crime Survey (BCS) measures people's ratings of their local police in terms of how good a job they do. From October 2007 new questions were included in the BCS relating to perceptions of the police working with local agencies to tackle the anti-social behaviour and crime issues that matter in the local area. These were developed to reflect a greater emphasis on partnership working for use in the new 'Making Communities Safer' Public Service Agreement (PSA 23). This report details the first annual set of these new measures.
Crime prevention research review: Does Neighbourhood Watch reduce crime?
This report reviewed all available studies evaluating the effectiveness of Neighbourhood Watch programmes in reducing crime. The publication summarises the findings of this review and discusses policy implications.
'What works' to tackle alcohol-related disorder?: An examination of the use of tools and powers in London.
This guide aims to provide guidance about 'What works?' for borough Community Safety Partnerships, the London ASB Joint Action Group and the London Community Safety Partnership.
Experience and Expression in the Fear of Crime
This study of the fear of crime funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) aimed to build upon previous research showing that the fear of crime is not as widespread as previously thought and may even have been misrepresented. The study sought to confirm findings from a pilot project and explore what the new questions arising out of this project said about the fear of crime, and the sort of people to report having experienced such fear.
Displacement of crime or diffusion of benefit: Evidence from the New Deal for Communities Programme
This report looks at the effect on local crime rates of the New Deal for Communities (NDC). Specifically, is crime displaced from the NDC location into the surrounding area; or conversely is there a diffusion of crime reduction benefits into the surrounding area. The authors tentatively suggest that diffusion of benefits is far more likely than displacement of crime.
The use of tools and powers to combat anti-social behaviour
In November 2006 the Respect Task Force conducted an electronic online survey of Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs) and Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) in England and Wales to assess the use of tools and powers used to tackle anti social behaviour over the past three years. This most recent survey builds on the previous postal surveys of CDRPs / CSPs in 2004 & 2005.
Worry about crime in England & Wales: Findings from 2003/04 and 2004/05
The report presens findings from the 2004/05 British Crime Survey (BCS). The focus of the reoprt is to examine public worry about crime and perceptions of safety. The report examines levels and recent trends for worry and crime, and perceptions of safety; how often people worry about crime; who worries about crime; the factors most strongly assocaited with worry about crime; and perceptions of safety in relation to police priorities.
Community Engagement in Policing - Case-Study Evaluation of a Demonstration Project in Cheshire
The invest-to-save budget funded Community Engagement in Policing Project included three 'demonstration projects' in three different police authorities - Cheshire, Merseyside and Northumbria. The Cheshire project involved testing different methods of communtiy engagement with an overall marketing and performance management focus.
Evaluation of the Street Wardens Programme
In 2002 the neighbourhood renewal unit (NRU) commissioned Matrix to lead the national evaluation of the street wardens programme. This report provides the findings of the evaluation, which was based on household surveys, case studies and questionnaires.
Crime & cohesive communities
The 2001 disturbances in Bradford, Oldham and Burnley drew attention to the role of community cohesion in developing strong, healthy communities. This paper uses data from the Local Areas Boost to the 2003 Home Office Citizenship Survey in order to investigate the relationship between community cohesion and reported levels of crime.
Underage drinking: findings from the 2004 Offending, Crime and Justice Survey
This Home Office report looks at underage drinking in the UK, where underage drinkers buy their alcohol, and the relationship between underage drinking and anti-social behaviour and crime. It finds that those children who drink and more likely to commit criminal damage and theft during or after drinking than those who drink less frequently
Action targeted at neighbourhoods makes people feel safer
This report considers how local agencies responsible for community safety can work better together and with local people to make neighbourhoods safer and improve the perception of public safety. These local agencies include the police, local government, the fire authorities and, in England, primary care trusts, or, in Wales, local health boards.
Living and working in areas of street sex work
This study examines how residential areas characterised as being used by female street sex workers are shared by different sections of the community. In light of debates about managing 'the street scene', researchers from Staffordshire, Loughborough and Strathclyde Universities considered whether residential streets could serve as shared spaces where residents and sex workers could coexist.
Practical lessons for involving the community in crime and disorder problem-solving
This report draws together lessons about community involvement in crime and disorder problem-solving. It has been put together using evidence from problem-solving initiatives that have been subject to evaluation and practitioner assessments of the effectiveness of community involvement in problem-solving initiatives that have not been formally evaluated. It is intended as a resource for front-line practitioners and their managers.
Transatlantic perspectives on mixed communities
This is an evaluation study of the Community Facilitation Programme set up in July 2001 by the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit (NRU) following the summer disturbances in northern towns to reduce inter-ethnic community conflict and tension.
Anti-social behaviour strategies - Finding a balance
The Government has attached great importance to tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB), and has introduced a range of new measures, such as anti-social behaviour orders, dispersal orders and the Home Office's TOGETHER campaign, to deal with it. To examine people's views on ASB and experience of it, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation commissioned a national survey and looked at three case-study neighbourhoods with high levels of ASB.
Evaluation of the Community Participation Projects
This report shares findings from an evaluation into the Community Participation Projects. It assesses the extent to which the projects contributed to the delivery of the Neighbourhood Renewal strategy, to share good practice and to inform future development.
Challenging and changing racist attitudes and behaviour in young people
This report explores attitudes towards racial and ethnic groups and what young people said influenced their attitudes and behaviour. It also examines the effectiveness of 5 projects in changing these attitudes.
Neighbourhood policing your police; your community; our commitment
This report sets out the government's approach to neighbourhood policing. The aim of neighbourhood policing is to make communities feel safe and secure by reducing crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) in their area.
Diversity, Trust & Community Participation in England
This report uses data from the 2003 Home Office Citizenship Survey. It looks at whether relatively high levels of diversity in terms of ethnic and socio-economic groups are associated with low levels of trust and community participation in England.
Citizenship Survey: People, families and communities
This report presents findings from the 2003 Home Office Citizenship Survey of England and Wales. It highlights key changes in active citizenship between the 2001 and 2003.
Last update: Tuesday, August 11, 2009