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Crime and victims

Community safety

We all have the right to go about our daily lives in safety. Improving community safety is one of our highest priorities.

How we're keeping communities safe

We believe that keeping communities safe involves more than just preventing crime and disorder - we must also create social and economic change. But if we are to make our communities safer, we must all work together.

A National Community Safety Plan

The national community safety plan sets out how we will work with local partners and residents to make everyone safer. The plan works n concert with our crime strategy and the government's public service agreements (new window)

It details how we will concentrate on the following themes over the next four years:

  • tackling more serious violence
  • improving flexibility so local partners can concentrate on local priorities
  • increasing community confidence in the safety of their neighbourhoods
  • addressing the threat to communities from violent extremists

Will you help?

We need your help. If you'd like to get involved in improving the safety of your own community, here are a few ways to do that.

1. Contact your local Crime & Disorder Reduction/Community Safety Partnership

Your local partnership can tell you about the local crime reduction strategy. They can also explain local crime reduction schemes that you could join, and what actions are being taken to tackle local problems.

Find a partnership near you using the Crime Reduction website’s partnership finder (new window).

2. Visit the Respect website (new window)

Help make Respect work in your community by:

  • starting your own working group to fight anti-social behaviour
  • organising events to encourage people to help tackle anti-social behaviour
  • writing a story about Respect for your local newspaper 

3. Visit the Neighbourhood Watch website (new window)

One of the simplest and most effective moves you can make is to join your local Neighbourhood Watch scheme, or if there isn't one in your area, to start your own scheme. 

Your local police station should also be able to put you in touch with a scheme near you. And the Neighbourhood Watch website has lots of helpful information.

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