Headlines: March 12th, 1999

Local strategies for reducing crime will be published on 1 April and a regional advertising campaign has been launch to tell people what is happening in their area. The adverts will carry a helpline number for members of the public to get in touch with the Local Crime Reduction Partnership.

The strategies result from a legal requirement for the police and local councils to work hand in hand with other agencies to reduce crime and disorder. Partnerships have drawn up crime audits for their areas to identify the main problems at local level.

The next step is for local partnerships, consisting of individuals, schools, businesses, community groups, health authorities, and social services to develop practical plans to tackle the problems set out in the audits. Local communities will be fully consulted and involved in the process.