Government Reveals Its Radical New Crime Prevention Strategy

By Butler, Jo | The Birmingham Post (England), July 22, 1998 | Go to article overview

Government Reveals Its Radical New Crime Prevention Strategy


Butler, Jo, The Birmingham Post (England)


The Government set out its plans for a pounds 250 million crime prevention strategy based on "pivotal" new research into how to cut offending.

Popular measures such as beat bobbies, neighbourhood watch schemes and zero tolerance policing have been given the thumbs down in a fundamental review of crime reduction strategies by the Home Office.

Instead, new schemes will focus on stopping children growing up to be criminals, partnership projects to tackle crime "hot spots" and delivering sentences aimed at preventing reoffending.

The overhaul was hailed by Home Secretary Mr Jack Straw as the "largest commitment of its kind ever made in the world" and one he said which signalled the end of the inexorable rise in crime since the First World War.

The cash is likely to be channelled into long-term schemes, such as working with at-risk children and their families to deflect them from a life of crime, or projects producing short and medium term results, such as wide- ranging community schemes to make residential areas safer.

However, Mr Straw said that only projects which had been shown to work - or pilot schemes to test promising proposals - would be funded.

The Home Office report, based on a study of 40 years' research, found that although patrol officers fostered a sense of public security, unless they were targeted at known crime hot-spots they were unlikely to have an impact on crime figures.

Simply increasing the number of police officers was similarly ineffective without clear objectives.

Zero tolerance policing, when police forces deal firmly with offences however minor, did reduce crime in the short term, said researchers. But it could lead to long-term problems, including poor community relations.

Neighbourhood watches were also found to have little impact on national crime figures - often because they were set up in affluent, low-crime areas rather than the high crime communities which need to be the target of new approaches. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Government Reveals Its Radical New Crime Prevention Strategy
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.