Places such as dark alleys and estates with minimal lighting and CCTV are more susceptible to crimes. This is because of the fact that people who commit the crimes do not what to be caught in the act, be it by a person or by CCTV. Another case, of a place being more susceptible to crime is when there is nothing to do to keep peoples minds of committing a certain crime, such as a local sports centre or shopping centre nearby that people can go to, to occupy themselves.

A place where an opportunity arises to commit a crime will always have a high crime rate, which is why there have been so many groups, and schemes, set up to combat crime. The approaches to prevent crimes are varied. There are methods that have been put in place before a crime is committed and an example of this is anti-graffiti paint which is applied to clean surfaces to prevent future marking, particularly by spray paint and crayon. I think, and I’m sure others would agree, that this paint is a great idea, as it does not affect anyone, due to it being just like normal paint.

A recent campaign to prevent knife crime has been working well, with knife amnesty bins outside police stations, collecting knifes from people with no questions asked, which I think has been one of the best ideas the police have come up with. There are the methods that try to avert the crime from happening, for example in a shop there is CCTV clearly exposed, security tags are being made known using labels and security guards are there to be a presence in the shop. Also in streets and alleyways large CCTV cameras are usually shown swivelling around, watching people.

I think that, if planning to commit a crime, just knowing your being watched all the time by a presence such as a security guard or CCTV is enough stop you. The only problem with this approach though, is that innocent people can feel they’re unfairly treated, because of the fact that they are being watched. One last method is the authorities that are maintained to raise public awareness of different ways crimes can be committed and to show the consequences of committing those crimes.

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Swale Borough Council, The Police and Community Action Groups are just some of the different organisations that are aimed to inform the public. Ways this is presented is with posters, leaflets, seminars and Internet sites. This is a good way of getting the information and facts out to the public in a quick an easy manner. Individuals can prevent crime in a number of ways. People who are likely to commit a crime can make sure that they are involved in something of interest to keep them engaged.

For example in Sittingbourne, young people can go to the skate park, which has been set up, and run by the general public, to provide a place to hang out and meet new people. The police and other organisations are seen visiting schools, both primary and secondary, to talk about crimes, their consequences and to answer any questions. Joining a Neighbourhood Watch is a good way to keep your road crime free, by those in your road all keeping an eye out for suspicious behaviour. There is house crime that can be individually prevented with little things like locking doors, closing windows and turning lights on at night when your away.

Recently there has been a lot of allotment sheds broken into and a range of locks and alarms have been introduced just for sheds, so people can protect there own sheds from vandalism. Overall I think Sittingbourne is fairly safe with a large majority of streets and alleyways well lit, many estates are joined up with Neighbourhood Watch and with lots of advertising from organisations more people around this area are aware of the opportunities that appeal to those who commit crimes.

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