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‘MOPPIN’ up Dodge. Lancashire Constabulary, United Kingdom. 2007. 31 pages. The Farringdon Park Housing estate ranked within the top 10percent of deprived communities in England and suffered from overall crime and disorder with high drug activity and tenant turnover. With multi-faceted analysis of the physical, social, and organizational characteristics of the estate several specific objectives for change were developed. The response combined POP and NIM approaches to policing resulting in a mixture of situational and social crime prevention measures such as, standard law/housing enforcement, new crime & disorder legislation, a media campaign, diversion tactics, youth outreach & buddy system, restorative justice and ABCs, as well as target hardening and environmental redesign. Outcomes of the project include a reduction of 49percent in crime and 34percent in calls for service. Community partnerships were strengthened and formalized.
Tackling the Fear of Crime. Sussex Police, Safer Hastings Partnership, United Kingdom. 2007. 13 pages. “Hell-on-sea”, “suicide black spot”, “sad symbol of a decline into crime” – these headlines typify the media’s portrayal of Hastings in the late 1990s, leaving the town with the unenviable task of finding ways to shake its reputation as a place “plagued by junkies, perverts and criminals… a magnet for the jobless and mentally ill” (The Sun 1997). These perceptions persisted despite actual declines in the rate of crime achieved in previous years. Through a public reassurance agenda which included an innovative, award-winning 11-screen TV network, broadcasting more than 3.5 million community safety messages annually to patrons of McDonalds, Tesco, the local shopping centre and other venues; an interactive website, school competitions each attracting more than 200 entries and engaging with young people on issues such as anti-social behaviour; and four-page spreads in the local newspaper a 20 percent increase in perceptions of neighborhood safety and a 13percent increase perceptions of town center safety were achieved.
The Quinton E.S.C.A.P.E. Project. Staffordshire Police, United Kingdom. 2007. 17 pages. The Quinton area of Great Wyrley suffered from elevated levels of crime, disorder and antisocial behaviour to an extent that it became the district ‘hot-spot’ environment, acting as both a crime attractor and generator. The Quinton project was developed from the S.A.R.A. problem solving model and culminated in a 100 point action plan being designed, funded [£30,000.00] and delivered by over 24 stakeholder agencies and voluntary bodies led by the Police Community Safety Team over a 12 Month period starting in October 2005. The project was managed against bench marked aims and objectives, developed from multi agency information and then robustly evaluated against similar criteria up to and including Feb 07. The main interventions and mechanisms were designed to reduce crime and disorder and make the area cleaner, greener and safer for business, young people and the community at large. The project resulted in improved business, neighbourhood watch schemes, a 10 percent reduction in all crime incidents, a 35 percent reduction in violence, and a 23 percent reduction in criminal damage.