Archives for April 24th, 2001

BURGLARY PROTECTION SCHEMES DELIVERING RESULTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 24 April, 2001

Some 250 schemes to make burglary more difficult in high risk areas have produced a 28 per cent reduction in the crime. The schemes, funded by 26 million pounds from the Crime Reduction Budget, now cover 2 million homes across the UK. The funds are being used to make it more difficult for burglars to enter properties, to increase the risk of detection and to make the disposal of goods more hazardous. The anti-burglary measures include locks for doors and windows, doorchains and spyholes, fencing, gates to secure alleyways, better lighting, CCTV and providing property marking kits to allow better tracing of stolen goods.Burglary protection schemes are part of the Crime Reduction Strategy and the focus on this type of crime has provided an impetus to analyse the burglary problem and its causes and bring stakeholders together to secure improvements. Examples of joint working include police, local authorities and other landlords collaborating after a crime to ensure rapid repair of burgled properties to prevent a further break in. Neighborhood schemes are working with offenders to prevent re-offending. Diversionary and outreach facilities are providing for young people living on estates. Crime prevention panels in local schools are retailing crime prevention devices.

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HEALTH SERVICE PREPARING FOR GENETIC REVOLUTION

Headlines, PublicNet: 24 April, 2001

The NHS genetics services are to be reorganised into a single, national network to make sure all patients get the same standard of specialist genetic services, regardless of where they live. There will be two new national laboratories specializing in rare genetic disorders and diseases and they will identify new tests and treatments that can bring benefits to patients. There will also be four genetics knowledge parks, supported by the 10 million pounds Genetics Knowledge Challenge Fund, bringing together scientific and medical expertise. Universities, NHS Trusts and private sector firms are expected to develop joint proposals for the parks, which could be based either in existing centres or in new ones.To ensure that the benefits of scientific breakthroughs in genetics are properly passed on to patients more specialists will be employed in this field. By 2006 the number of specialist consultants in genetics will double from 77 to 140, the number of scientific and technicians working in genetics will rise by 300 and there will be at least an additional 150 specialist genetic counselors. Currently there are 20 NHS hospitals in England specialising in genetic medicine.

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