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British Community Safety Award 2002

The British Community Safety Awards are designed to
highlight innovation and best practice in the field of
crime reduction. Now in their sixth year, the awards
have become part of the crime reduction calendar. They
are organised by Crime Concern and in 2002, were
sponsored by Marks & Spencer.

The awards are open to projects in the community
safety field. Five winning projects are chosen and
winners each receive a trophy, 3 days of community
safety training and two free places at all Crime
Concern’s conferences and events for the following year.

Details of the five winning projects in the 2002
awards include:

From the five winners, one overall winner will be
selected to compete in the European Crime Prevention
Awards (ECPA).

Full details of the awards are available from Ms Amy
Reeves, Crime Concern, Beaver House, 147 -150 Victoria
Road, Swindon SN1 3UY Tel: 01793 863500 Fax: 01793
863555 or via their website at: www.crimeconcern.org.uk/awards

Not another drop (Metropolitan
Police & Brent Council)

Feedback from Brent council�s citizen�s panel
showed that fear of crime, and particularly gun crime
was a major concern for local people living in the
Harlesden area of the borough. To tackle this problem
Brent council in partnership with the Metropolitan
Police made a successful bid for �800,000 from the
Targeted Policing Initiative. Launched in January 2001
the Not Another Drop campaign is a unique two-year
project to deter �black on black� gun related crime
led by Brent Council and the metropolitan police. Since
inception the initiative has achieved a 23% reduction in
gun crime in the area.

Poulton Industrial Estate
(Lancashire Police)

Lancashire Police became aware of rising vehicle
crime across their division; crime statistics revealed
that many of these incidents were situated in one
specific location � namely the Poulton Industrial
Estate. By adopting a successful problem-solving
approach to cracking crime on the estate, they saw a 90%
reduction in vehicle crime and 75% in other crimes

Stonebridge Housing Action Trust

Dense high-rise housing linked by a labyrinth of
narrow poorly lit �walkways in the sky�, combined
with poverty and high levels of unemployment created a
haven for crime and anti-social behaviour on the
Stonebridge Estate in north London. The HAT undertook a
four-pronged approach to improve community safety on the
estate including, consulting with residents to design a
better layout for the estate, setting up a community
safety group, targeting drug dealing and improving
street lighting.

Results include a 12% reduction in crime, improved
police and community relations, shoppers returning to
the precinct and retailers reporting an increase in
turnover.

Stansfield Youth Inclusion Programme
� Crime Concern

A target group of fifty young people at risk of
offending were identified from the local community to
attend the project. The project works alongside the
local community and local agencies to provide support
for the young people. Activities have included midnight
football, drama classes, hospital workshops, alcohol
workshops and video projects.

Since the inception of the project there has been a
return of community harmony, bridging the gulf between
old and young people on the estate. 90% of the target
group have not re-offended since engagement with the
project.

Pupils understanding problems in
their locality � Cynon Valley Crime Prevention Panel

P.U.P.I.L is a project, which promotes crime
prevention and personal safety issues for young people,
in order to reduce crime levels within schools and the
surrounding communities. At present there are eighty
pupils from six schools in participating in the scheme.
The scheme covers many different subjects such as;
property awareness, road safety, bullying, youth
annoyance and substance misuse. The scheme is run as an
extra curricular task, the number of participants is
testimony to its success.

Last update: 03/09/03

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