Effect of crime on communitiesPresentation Transcript
Effect of crime on communities Comparison of: Affluent vs less affluent; Rural vs urban
Crime in the UK – spread
Crime in the UK is spread out around the country
In general most crime happens:
In big cities
Close to popular drinking areas
Socially deprived areas
Edinburgh will be analysed as an example
Crime in Edinburgh – affluence and crime
The top 5 places with most crime in Edinburgh are:
New Town – 5382
Waverly – 4125
West End – 3678
Niddrie – 3254
Wester Hailes – 2234
Them alone make up 27% of all crime in Edinburgh despite being 8% of areas.
5% 3254 Niddrie 2234 3678 4125 5382 Criminal incidents 5% West End 3% Wester Hailes 6% Waverly 8% New Town Percentage of all Edinburgh Area
On a map… http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=216604694535668907649.00049d48d6ec4fc108db6
What do these areas have in common?
What does this mean?
Crime happens in popular nightspots and drinking areas (New Town, Waverly and West End)
Crime happens in areas of social deprivation (Niddrie and Wester Hailes)
Effects of crime in communities
“ Crime not only affects economic productivity when victims miss work, but communities also are affected through loss of tourism and retail sales. Even the so-called victimless crimes of prostitution, drug abuse, and gambling have major social consequences. Drug abuse affects worker productivity, uses public funds for drug treatment programs and medical attention, and leads to criminal activity to support the expenses of a drug habit.”
“ Fear of crime in areas [where crime has happened] steadily increases and the resulting economic and social effects can span out into the surrounding city. Residents become more withdrawn and defensive and less committed to their communities. The very social fibre of the community is weakened.”
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Effects of crime in communities
This means that communities that suffer from crime are more likely to continue suffering from crime and its crime rates to increase unless “[they] adopt neighborhood watch programs to revitalize the community or avoid its decay.”
However this is expensive therefore prevention of crime via education programs for young people in criminalised areas is often though to be a better technique.
This does not solve the crime problems in the affluent areas.
In Kent “57 plain-clothes officers, sniffer dogs and patrol officers [were] out in force in a crackdown on drug dealing and anti-social behaviour” according to the BBC.
In Ipswitch “Work is already underway to combat the tide of crime with a number of projects in place. These include a night-time economy plan, creation of a dedicated night-time police team, taxi marshalling, introduction of a violent crime car and increased police presence over the weekends.” as the Evening Star explained.
However some people are partial to these kinds of approaches as they do not trust the police service themselves. We have already been shown examples of how discriminatory and ineffective police can be.
Rural vs Urban
When people say crime they usually mean urban crime but rural crime must also be considered.
A new website launched on the 1 st of February this year determining crime street by street in the whole of the UK – http://www.police.uk – has been overloaded since its launch with over 75,000 clicks per minute. It is currently inaccessible due overload.