Crime Prevention

London Crime Reduction & Community Safety

There are a number of regional and sub regional issues that need to be focused upon if crime is to be effectively reduced. Amongst these are the cross borough boundary issues - the commission of crime in sub regional hotspots or the movement of criminals from a home borough to another to commit an offence. Concern about crime (safety) and policing in London (see Annual London Survey 2011 )  is the far and away the number 1 priority for Londoners. Less well understood has been the fall (and rise) in crime in the London boroughs.


Crime & Disorder Prevention

A consistent approach to crime and disorder prevention and community safety is an ideal - a clear understanding of what the problems are, the best ways of tackling them, adequate resources to do the job and effective programme delivery.

This is not to say that one size fits all; as each area has its specific needs but these can be catered for within a framework of systematic programme development based on good practice .

Details of crime prevention work in London can be found on the web pages of the individual London Boroughs. Each of these boroughs is undertaking a range of activities to reduce crime and disorder in their municipality.

Crime Reduction and Community Safety

Crime reduction knowledge and services have rapidly developed over the past 25 years. The development of local authority and police voluntary partnerships in the early 1990's began a process which led to over 400 locally based partnerships across the UK working together to reduce crime and disorder.

The combination of centrally provided resources and support, backed up with crime reduction legislation and target setting, provided the formula in which this crime reduction programme has existed during the past decade. This formula is changing, as the Coalition government introduces its programme of budget reductions and localism. How this will impact on crime reduction and crime prevention is not yet know but one immediate result is that the work of the Home Office Crime Reduction Unit has effectively ceased.

Crime Prevention Toolkits

The former Crime Reduction Unit of the Home Office provided a series of 'toolkit' guides to support local communities and their Community Safety Partnerships, in tackling and reducing crime and disorder. These toolkits have now been archived but they continue to be of us; even though the relevant statistical information contained within the toolkits is becoming dated.

Link to the Toolkits and Crime Prevention page at

'Green' Community Safety and Crime Prevention

Community Safety has an important part to play in the sustainability of communities1 . It can be linked, through the statutory strategic commitments of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act - see Law (UK) - to enviro-crime reduction and to urban crime prevention. 

The combination of these activities can be effectively achieved by linking targeted crime prevention work to a more comprehensive environmental and social regeneration programme - such as Home Zones-  and through multi agency enforcement work (jointly tasking the police, neighbourhood wardens, local authority staff etc.).

Crime Prevention Links - General

Urban Crime Prevention and Youth at Risk
A compendium of strategies prepared for the United Nations UN Habitat.

European Crime Prevention Network (ECPN)

Links to useful sites provided by this NGO

Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)    

Series of problem oriented guides for police. Useful format for step by step analysis produced by the US Department of Justice.

Design Against Crime

Home page of the UK national Design Against Crime partnership featuring research and advice.

Home Zones

This site describes the concept of Home Zones - a way of "reclaiming" local streets from a traditional domination by cars seeking to 'restore the safety and peace in neighbourhoods.'

Women's Design Service

An NGO working to ensure that the design and  use of the built environment 'reflects the needs and aspirations of women'. WDS is now offering accredited training for architects, engineers, planners etc.


1. “The increasing pressure of human settlements across the world is now a key issue in the management and planning, design and governance of our towns and cities. We need to ensure that local communities everywhere, especially those that suffer disproportionately from poverty and social exclusion, are able to participate fully in, and benefit from, an increasing global economy. Well planned and managed human settlements are also fundamental to achieving sustainable development…..” Habitat UK National Report Summary 2001.