Baroness Newlove details what residents, businesses, local agencies and central government can do to tackle neighbourhood crime.
The government’s Champion for Active Safer Communities, Baroness Newlove’s report, ‘Our Vision for Safe and Active Communities’, calls for a change of culture so neighbourhoods no longer see crime, antisocial behaviour (ASB) and disorder as ‘someone else’s problem’; and for services to go beyond simply asking communities what their problems are and see them as equal partners in resolving those issues.
Baroness Newlove’s recommendations for local areas to take forward include:
- ‘Community Reward’ - where information provided by the community leads to a conviction the community is given a reward to spend on crime prevention work
- ‘Bling Back’ - where money made from selling local drug dealers’ assets is handed back to the neighbourhood they blighted
- letting communities set their own local speed limits
- taking crime maps to the next level so people can use them to report crime and ASB and agencies can publish details of what action was taken against offenders
- giving the public a single point of contact through the roll out of the 101 number to report ASB
- providing council tax rebates, or vouchers for local businesses and services, for people who take part in activism
- asking Police and Crime Commissioners to commit at least one per cent of their budget to grass roots community groups to use or have a say on