Publications Publications and Publicity
Publications Crime Solutions
Publications on the website have been sorted into 6 broad categories, namely:
This is the Crime Solutions section. It contains publications on solutions surrounding crimes against the person and communities, and how to protect against them, for example:
Situational crime prevention
Anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs)
Data Protection Act
All publications have been listed in date order, with the most recent first.
2008 Funding Rounds for Sexual Assualt Referral Centres (SARCs)
£1.6 million of funding is available for new and existing Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) to bid for in the 2008/09 funding round. The deadline for applications is 7 November 2008. Applicants should know the outcome of their applications by December 2008.
Youth Crime Action Plan
The youth crime action plan calls for more work to stop children from getting involved in criminality. It calls for cross-governmental work on 3 tracks: get youths off the streets late at night, provide intensive support for troubled families and levy tougher, more visible community payback sentences for young people convicted of crime.
101, The single non-emergency number
Evaluation of the 5 pilot areas found that the 101 service had successfully improved public access to and satisfaction in the community safety services in all pilot areas. Through greater partnership working and better information from the public about what problems are happening where, the 101 service has helped local police and councils to target their resources more effectively and efficiently and improve the delivery of those services to the public. This presentation gives an overview of the benefits and lessons learned from the service to date. The 101 Programme Central Team have also produced a 101 Delivery Toolkit which provides full details of the evaluation and lessons learned from the service to date. It also gives guidance, example documentation and supporting material to help areas explore, implement and operate the 101 service locally. If you would like a copy of the toolkit please email your full postal address to Kerry.Charlesworth@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
Saving Lives. Reducing Harm. Protecting the public – An Action Plan for Tackling Violence 2008-11
This document is designed to guide local practitioners in their strategic planning and delivery of the Home Office’s priorities with respect to serious violence over the next three years. It takes stock of the current situation and what we has been achieved to date, and sets out the vision: to save lives, reduce harm and protect the public. It outlines how our understanding of what works can be applied in each local area, and how Government will support the front line in doing this.
Safe, Sensible, Social: Alcohol strategy local implementation toolkit
This toolkit is a resource to help local teams develop strategies to address alcohol-related crime, ill health and other harm in line with Safe, Sensible, Social. The next steps in the National Alcohol Strategy. It has been written specifically to help alcohol leads and others within local authorities, primary care trust (PCTs), children’s services and delivery partnerships such as Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs) and Drug and Alcohol Action Teams (DAATs) – the people most likely to be responsible for developing and delivering alcohol strategies locally. It will also be useful to individual agencies tackling alcohol misuse.
National CCTV Strategy
The National CCTV Strategy presents the results of a wide-ranging review of CCTV and its applications in the reduction of crime and in public safety. The report reviews the use of CCTV to date, examining both its strengths and its weaknesses and makes recommendations for future action.
Guidance on the use of acceptable behaviour contracts and agreements
The Home Office has published new guidance for front line practitioners on how to make the best of acceptable behaviour contracts and agreements.
CCTV Operational Requirements Manual – Is your CCTV system fit-for-purpose
This document aims to provide clear guidance to non-techincal users wishing to buy a CCTV system that is fit for purpose. It is a revised and updated version of guidance issued in 1994. The new manual considers the additional issues of recordedimage quality and date archiving that are essential parts of any digital CCTV system, but are often neglected when writting the specification.
Personal space around cash machines
While robbery is concentrated in particular parts of the country the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Home Office wish to encourage the practical application of proven solutions for every area. One such solution is ‘Privacy Space’ markings around Cash Machines. Research based upon the Manchester experience indicated that up to one in four street crime offences (robbery of the person and snatch theft) were geographically connected to a cash machine and that on introducing “Privacy Space” markings, offences reduced by 66% within 150m of the ATMs. This guidance documents gives recommendations for effective practice in introducing Privacy Spaces.
Chatting Online and Child Safety
The internet offers great opportunities to interact and communicate with friends and people from all over the world. Chatting over the Internet can be done with a group of people in a chatroom, or with the person you are playing an online game against. As well as being able to add your comments to a conversation ongoing in a chatroom or online game between a number of people, it is also usually possible to chat privately to one person in these environments. There are potential risks in communicating to people that you don’t know, and unfortunately some children have been hurt having gone to meet the ‘friends’ they have made online. Adults with a sexual interest in children have used chatrooms and other interactive areas online to make contact with and befriend children, and then ‘groomed’ them, ie persuaded and manipulated them to meet up where they have been abused.
Searching the Inter
net and Child Safety
With ever increasing amounts of material – websites, images, video etc – on the internet, searching carefully is crucial, but how can parents and carers help children search safely? Most children use search engines to find things on the Internet. In fact research has found that search providers’ sites are the most visited sites among the majority of children and young people. In addition to the incredible positives and benefits that search brings, for example helping to research for school assignments, there is a risk to children searching the Internet of exposure to material that may be potentially harmful to them, or even material that is illegal. This document aims to help parents in their choice of search provider by using a checklist of questions to outline what is current good practice in relation to child safety for search providers, and to enable parents to be aware of what they can do to help their children search safer.
Getting It Right: Collaborative Problem Solving for Criminal Justice in the U.S
This guide spells out a practical team-based approach to building the kind of criminal justice system a community wants, assessing the current system, and planning and implementing strategies for ‘getting it right’. Five sections comprise this manual: an overview of a comprehensive planning process; establishing the policy team and the process; keeping the focus on outcomes; building an understanding of your system; and moving from understanding to change.
Crime prevention publicity campaigns
Developing innovative efforts to reduce crime and social disorder is an integral part of modern police work. Police agencies that undertake such interventions should consider advertising their work and ideas. Departments can help remove crime opportunities by teaching and encouraging the public to adopt better self-protection measures, or they can warn offenders of increased police vigilance or improved police practices. When designed properly, publicity campaigns can offer police departments another problem-solving tool in the fight against crime.
PADS – Guidance for partnerships
The Partnership Assessment and Delivery System (PADS) is the system used by the Home Office to track performance by Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs) and to plan interventions in underperforming partnerships. This document is the CDRP guide to the PADS system.
Video surveillance of public places
The purpose of this guide is to provide an overview of the use of closed circuit television (CCTV) systems as a problem-oriented policing response to a crime problem. This guide explores the benefits and problems associated with CCTV and summarizes the findings of numerous CCTV evaluations.
Partnering with business to address public safety problems
This guide addresses crime prevention partnerships and related issues. It begins by discussing the impact of crime against business and the roles businesses play in contributing to crime. The guide analyses different types of partnerships and strategies for forming them. It lists the characteristics of good and bad partnerships, along with ideas for overcoming barriers that may prevent businesses from participating in crime prevention partnerships. The guide concludes with examples of business-police partnerships and programs, some that are known to be effective and others that are still largely untested.
Changing behaviour to prevent crime: an incentives-based approach
This project looked specifically at the potential to change the behaviour of individuals and businesses who may be potential victims of crime. Individuals and businesses are amongst many ‘agents’ and ‘influencers’ who can potentially change the level of crime. The report includes a description of an 8-step technique for developing solutions to problem areas, and two case studies demonstrating where the technique has been applied.
Community engagement in policing: Lessons from the literature
Community engagement has become increasingly prominent in policing and wider government policy in the last five years. Initial thinking around what effective community engagement looks like for the Police Service appears in the police reform White Paper (November 2004). There is agreement between Home Office policy units on the core aspects of community engagement, although this has never been captured in a written, public-facing definition. This report tries to plug that gap.
Tackling alcohol-fuelled disorder in town and city centres
This guide is intended to share best practice, generate ideas and stimulate local debate in the light of the new regulations and powers brought into force on 24 November 2005 as part of the Licensing Act 2003. It presents advice on both new and existing powers for combating alcohol-fuelled disorder, real-world examples to show how they are being used in practice and information on where to go and who to talk to in order to find out more.
National Service Guidelines for Developing Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs)
These guidelines highlight the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) as a model of good practice in the provision of immediate aftercare to victims of serious sexual violence. They have been produced jointly by the Home Office and Department of Health because they are relevant to the police and health services in equal measure. Partnership working between these agencies, and with the voluntary sector, is crucial in the provision of services to victims of sexual violence, and in particular, to the success of SARCs.
Become a problem solving crime analyst in 55 small steps
This manual builds on traditional policing knowledge and experience to prepare you for a different analytic role as a key member of a problem-solving team. It prepares you for this new role by providing you with a basic knowledge of problem-oriented policing and the related fields of environmental criminology and situational crime prevention. It was published by the Jill Dando Institute in 2003.
Mapping Crime: Understanding Hot Spots
This report discusses hot spot analysis techniques and software and identifies when to use each one.
Decent parks? Decent behaviour?
This publication provides practical suggestions for improving public spaces in ways that can help reduce vandalism and other anti-social behaviour. It is informed by research commissioned by CABE Space in 2004.
Enhancing problem-solving by offender interviews
This guide provides a summary of the most important findings from offender interviews and offers recommendations on how offender interviews should be conducted for problem-oriented policing projects. It also provides a step by step description on how to interview offenders.
Adapting successful responses to problem-orientated policing
This is the second guide in the Problem-Solving Tools Series designed to summarize knowledge about information gathering and analysis techniques that might assist police at any of the 4 main stages of a problem-oriented project: scanning, analysis, response and assessment (SARA). The guide is designed to help you gather information quickly and to evaluate and make the best use of the information in order to identify responses to crime problems.
Alcohol consumption in public places: Designation Orders
The Home Office Action Plan on alcohol related crime was launched in August 2000. It set out the key priorities for tackling alcohol related crime, disorder and nuisance. This following set of pages contain general information, guidance, legislation and examples of good practice on using designation orders to restrict the consumption of alcohol in public places.
Tackling crime on public transport
This report details investment and initiatives the Department for Transport has introduced in order to reduce the fear of crime and personal security of passengers travelling on public transport.
Restorative Justice: Helping to meet local needs
Restorative justice (RJ) is a process whereby the parties with a stake in a specific offence collectively resolve how to deal with the aftermath of the offence. It brings together offenders, victims and the community to work out how to resolve the harm caused by an incident, and prevent a recurrence – including through reparation and rehabilitation. Victim participation is always voluntary, and offenders need to have admitted some responsibility for the harm they have caused. This guidance document presents advice on on how you can implement a RJ scheme and signposts sources of further support.
Good practice guide for the implementation of redeployable CCTV
This guide aims to assist practitioners, particularly those employed in local government, who are buying and installing Redeployable CCTV (RCCTV) for the first time. It will help them to avoid a range of implementation problems that might adversely affect the impact of the cameras.
Guidance for CCTV and Digital Systems
This document offers guidance to potential users of digital CCTV systems, where the pictures are likely to be used by the police or in an investigation.
Last update: Tuesday, October 07, 2008