A Home Office campaign launched in January 2003 and involving tens of thousands of tenants in fighting crime and anti- social behaviour is starting to deliver results. The first round of the Participation in Practice competition has been won by community groups who have shown leadership in their communities and worked together to tackle crime. A group from London successfully tackled anti-social behaviour, a Birmingham group took up the burglary challenge, a Middlesbrough group responded to theft from vehicles and a group from Luton countered theft of vehicles.The Home Office provided a training programme especially designed to help residents groups tackle the issues that most affect their communities. The ‘Crime Reduction Basics’ toolkit, available from www.crimereduction.gov.uk is a package for community groups. It covers in detail what groups and individuals can do to tackle the issue of crime reduction in their area. It includes advice on how people can help in individual ways, factual information on what people are entitled to expect from their local services and case studies of what works.
Home Office minister Beverley Hughes speaking at the award ceremony said: “The Government and police alone cannot tackle crime, we must work in partnership with others, including community groups. Each of the winners are excellent examples of people helping themselves to make their communities safer places to live and work. They are role models for others to follow and the lessons learnt will be shared with other groups across the country.”