Crime and property
Last Update: 11 February 2006
Items are listed in date order, with the most recent first.
Some Facts and Figures about Arson
This page contains background information relating to arson, alongside visual
aid of bar charts etc.
Effects of improved street lighting on crime: a systematic
This review summarises the findings of previous studies carried
out in the USA and Britain on the effect of improved street lighting
on crime. Systematic reviews use specific methods for locating,
appraising and producing evidence from previous evaluation studies,
and have clear objectives and criteria together with extensive
searches to locate possible relevant studies.
Burglary: Practice Messages from The British Crime Survey
This briefing note has been published by the Home Office to help
practitioners prioritise their burglary reduction activities. Much
of the statistical information in the briefing note was contained in
the main report of the British Crime Survey (BCS) 2000, but here
implications for local crime reduction practice are made
Developing Crime Reduction Plans: Some Examples from the
Reducing Burglary Initiative
This report has been produced as a guidance document for all
practitioners and local policy makers planning crime reduction
projects. The examples contained within the report refer
specifically to burglary, although much of what is described can be
applied to various types of crime reduction.
Making Partnerships Work: Emerging Findings From The Reducing
Various authors have commented on how difficult it is to set up
and maintain good partnership arrangements for multi-agency
projects. This briefing note considers what practical lessons may be
taken from the burglary reduction experience to ensure that
partnerships exist in more than just name and have a chance of being
Vehicle Crime Reduction: Turning the Corner
In September 1998, the Prime Minister announced a national target
to reduce vehicle crime by 30% over five years. The Vehicle Crime
Reduction Action Team (VCRAT), a multi-agency group formed by the
Home Office in 1998 to oversee vehicle crime work, has been tasked
with co-ordinating efforts to achieve the 30% reduction target. One
of the first actions of VCRAT was to commission a review of research
and statistics relevant to the target.
Recorded Crime Statistics England and Wales, April 1998 to March
Details crime recorded by the police during the reported period.
Assessing the Police Use of Decoy Vehicles
Cleveland Police have recently been using decoy vehicles in an
attempt to catch car thieves. The Home Office Research Development
and Statistics Directorate have assessed the effectiveness of this
policy in reducing the incidence of car crime in the area and
published the results of their studies in the report, �Assessing
the Police Use of Decoy Vehicles�. The report also lists the
results of a national survey of how decoy vehicles are used.
Vehicle Related Thefts: Practice Messages from The British Crime
This briefing note presents an outline of vehicle theft
reduction, which accounted for over a fifth of crimes measured by
the British Crime Survey (BCS) throughout the 1990s, and it examines
opportunities for further reduction.
A Five Year Strategy
The Vehicle Crime Reduction Action Team was set up in September 1998
to carry forward the work necessary to meet the Government�s
target for reducing theft of and from vehicles by 30% over the 5
year period 1 April 1999 – 31 March 2004.
Tackling Theft with the Market Reduction Approach
The full Market Reduction Approach model, presented for the first
time in this report offers a strategic, systematic and routine
problem-solving framework for action against the roots of theft.
This publication is the first to review comprehensively what is
known about stolen goods markets and to offer detailed guidelines,
based on general �what works� knowledge, for reducing illegal
markets with an aim to reduce theft at the local area level.