Any amount of crime in society is unacceptable. Not just because of the human cost, but also the cost to society.
We have a new approach to fighting crime that involves a shift of power from Whitehall to local communities. The police will be given far greater freedom to do their jobs, and the public more power to hold them to account.
We will judge our success on whether crime has fallen.
We’re reducing crime by:
- creating community triggers to deal with persistent antisocial behaviour
- using community safety partnerships and police and crime commissioners, to work out local approaches to deal with issues, including antisocial behaviour, drug or alcohol misuse and re-offending
- establishing the national referral mechanism to make it easier for all the different agencies that could be involved in a trafficking case to cooperate, share information about potential victims and get access to advice, accommodation and support
- producing a new serious and organised crime strategy
- creating street-level crime maps to give the public up-to-date, accurate information on what is happening on their streets so they can challenge the police on performance
And we’re trying to prevent crime by:
- creating the child sex offender disclosure scheme, which allows anyone concerned about a child to find out if someone in their life has a record for child sexual offences
- legislating against hate crime
- using football banning orders to stop potential troublemakers from travelling to football matches - both at home and abroad
- legislating to stop cash payments to buy scrap metal and reforming the regulation of the scrap metal industry to prevent unscrupulous dealers buying stolen metal
Our new approach to fighting crime is informed by, among others, the following:
- ‘A new approach to fighting crime’ (March 2011) - the police and their partners will be given far greater freedom to do their jobs and use their discretion
- ‘Putting victims first: more effective responses to anti-social behaviour’ (May 2012) - this white paper sets out our plans to introduce more effective measures to tackle antisocial behaviour
- Community Remedy consultation (December 2012) - this consultation asked for views on proposals to introduce legislation to allow police and crime commissioners (or the relevant local policing body) to give victims of low-level crime (such as low-level criminal damage and low-value thefts) and antisocial behaviour a say in the punishment of the offender
Bills and legislation
The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act received royal assent in March 2014.
The act has introduced simpler, more effective powers to tackle anti-social behaviour and better protection for victims and communities, including :
- tackling the use of illegal firearms by gangs and organised criminal groups
- stopping irresponsible dog ownership
- strengthening the protection afforded to the victims of forced marriage and those at risk of sexual harm
- amending the port and border security powers in Schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000