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Saturday, April 24, 2004

Looked at a story on the BBC news website: www.news.bbc.co.uk concerning a big operation that began in Teesside last week. The operation was carried out by Cleveland Police to target known offenders, and more than 70 arrests were made just on the first two days.150 officers have been involved in the campaign, and so far Police have made 127 arrests and expect to make more. Police say that the operation, known as ‘Sabre’, will run for a long time, and will hopefully make communities safer and reduce people’s fear of crime. John Kelly, Detective Superintendent of the Cleveland Force says that ‘Operation Sabre is all about taking the fear of crime to the criminals’, and says that there is no hiding place for trouble makers. The majority of the public seems to be in great support of the campaign, with many contacting police and providing information.
I think that this is a very good idea, as often petty criminals go unpunished ands continue to commit crimes. People have the right to feel safe in their community, and these kinds of operations are great because many of the criminals are punished and it also acts as a deterrent for other possible troublemakers. These sorts of campaigns seem to be very successful, 70 arrests in just the first two days is a great result, I think Police should plan more of these operations all around the country, as at the moment the operations are only being carried out in certain areas.
To find out the latest information on the campaign, visit:
www.cleveland.police.uk

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Thursday, April 15, 2004

This week, I discovered the new government aims regarding crime on the website
www.number-10.gov.uk The main targets of the government are to reduce
the long-term crime rate, to halve the time from arrest to sentencing of young offenders
who persist in breaking the law from the current 142 days to 71 days, and to make
improvements to how efficient police are by 2per cent per year. They are concentrating on young offenders,
after it was estimated that people under the age of 18 commit 7 million offences a year, with many offending
while awaiting trial. The government claims that they do not want juvenile offenders to become the hard criminals of tomorrow
and by introducing factors such as replacing repeat cautions with one final warning, and providing youth offending teams
in every area they can achieve this to a better degree. They also want to reduce fear of crime and will do this by
cracking down on petty crime and neighborhood disorder. Drugs are also being targeted, the government want to reduce levels of repeated drug misuse as well as reducing access to drugs for 5-16 year olds. They also want the police force to be out on the streets more fighting crime, and dealing less with paper work, as well as dealing more effectively with organized crime. I think that this sounds very good, as long as the government carries them out like it says it will. The targets I have mentioned here, are only some of the ones that the government have set out on the website, and I do think that they may have given themselves too many targets to successfully meet, however they do state that it will take time and on that point I agree. Find out more on crime and related issues at:
www.go-london.gov.uk

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Monday, April 05, 2004

Found an article on the Telegraph website, www.telegraph.co.uk about a neighbourhood that feel so let down by police, that they have put their money together and hired a security guard to patrol the area. The Westminster neighbours decided to do this after many of them had experienced burglaries, muggings, stolen cars, assaults, petty theft and criminal damage. One of the residents even reported an armed break in two minutes walk from where she lived, which had occurred just a couple of weeks before. The neighbours report that they feel in danger of crime, and never see Police on the beat anymore, so hiring a security guard has made them feel safer. The security guard is strong, fit and has knowledge of self-defence, he has no more power than anyone else, but just knowing that he is patrolling their streets makes the residents feel safer. The Home Office however say that it is the public’s fear of crime that is the real problem.
I think that the Home Office have got it quite wrong here, alright sometimes people do fear crime when there is no need to, but this is an area of a busy city, where the residents have already reported many crimes being committed so it is not hard to see that it is not all in the neighbours minds. Over 20 residents reported crimes, and believed that their area needed some kind of police protection at least some of the time. The Police resources might be low in the area, but surely they can stretch to making people where crimes are being committed feel safe? Even if Police were unable to patrol the area surely they could install CCTV or even put up the money for security guards to watch over the neighbourhood. I think that it is unacceptable for members of the public to have to go to these lengths to feel safe.
A similar story can be found on www.guardian.co.uk which is also worth reading.

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Thursday, April 01, 2004

On a government website this week www.good2bsecure.gov.uk I found an article on student safety with regard to petty crime. The article says that students own more expensive consumer goods than the rest of the population with 70% owning a computer or a laptop, 86% owning a mobile phone and many more owning TV’s, stereos and cars. Due to these kinds of statistics 1 in 3 students are victims of crime each year at University. Mugging, vehicle theft and burglary, apparantly effect students most. Muggings occur most often outside pubs and clubs between the hours of 10pm and 6am, and as many students enjoy nights out they are easy targets, also when walking home afterwards. Many students carry mobile phones, which can easily be snatched on the street also. The website gives good advice especially for students on crime prevention, and also helpful advice and information if you become a victim of crime.I recently performed a crime survey as part of my Criminology module at University, which asked how people were affected by crime.I asked a variety of people of different ages, racial backgrounds, physical abilities and so on whether they had been victims of crime, and found that only two out of the twenty I asked had, both were students under the age of 25.So I do think that student safety is definitely an important issue that must be addressed and that students must be both aware of and must also take protective measures to protect themselves. Because students tend to be away from their homes for the first time, and own some expensive equipment they will always be a target for crime, but with simple measures such as going out in a group, and keeping to brightly lit areas at night students could greatly avoid being victims. If anybody especially students would like to read more visit the website I think you will find it very useful.
Read more on student safety at:
www.crimereduction.gov.uk

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