Crime Prevention


Your Practical Guide To Crime Prevention – Community

This part of the booklet looks at how you can make
your community safer. There are a lot of different
things you can do to prevent crime in your street or

You might like to join a Neighbourhood Watch scheme,
or become a Special Constable. Or, you could do some
volunteering, perhaps with older people to help them
feel safer (for example by fitting door locks or
security chains for them), or with younger people to
help them to use their time constructively.

But what works best in making communities safer tends
to be a combination of lots of different things. You
could ask local organisations, or the police, what isn’t
being done in your area, and try to do that instead.

Neighbourhood Watch

This is when all the houses in a certain area (for
example on a street or estate) agree to look out for one
another. You keep an eye out for anything suspicious,
and tell one another or the police. Neighbourhood Watch
can be a good way to help people feel more secure in
their neighbourhoods, but can be hard to set up where
they are most needed.

Special Constables

Special Constables are trained and uniformed police
volunteers who patrol in their local community.

Neighbourhood wardens and street wardens

A lot of councils are setting up neighbourhood warden
schemes, where local people patrol their community
looking out for anything suspicious, giving people
information and just being a presence on the street.

Youth action groups

Youth action groups see young people as part of the
solution in tackling crime in the community, not just as
part of the problem. They work with young people on
issues that interest them, and help them develop their
own skills and activities.

Other Volunteering

If none of these options suits you, there are a lot
of other opportunities to do useful things locally. Your
local voluntary services council will be able to tell
you what opportunities there are locally. You can get
details from their National Association of Councils for
Voluntary Service (NACVS), or from your local council.
There is also often good information about neighbourhood
volunteering opportunities at your local library.

For more information visit:

Contact your council or local police station for more
information on similar schemes.

You can also get copies of the following Home Office

  • ‘Welcome to Neighbourhood Watch’

  • ‘A problem solving approach to crime prevention: a
    guide for Neighbourhood Watch Schemes’


Last update:  16/09/03

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