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Reducing theft from vehicles through public awareness.

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Reducing theft from vehicles through public awareness. The name of the scheme is reducing theft from vehicles. It is part of the Kirklees Community Safety Partnership Crime & Disorder Reduction Strategy and the Kirklees council and the West Yorkshire Police work together in reducing crime. The aim of the strategy is 'to provide a framework for partnership work to tackle the causes and consequences of crime, anti-social behaviour and the fear of crime, thereby creating safer communities and providing greater reassurance.' The responsibility of the strategy mainly lies with the Community Safety Partnership Executive which is chaired by the leader of the council. The executive is required to report the progress of the strategy. The actual scheme, reducing theft from vehicles is made up of a number of interventions, this includes public awareness, introducing secure by design car parks and disrupting the market for stolen goods. The intervention that will be looked at here is reducing theft from vehicles through public awareness. The scheme was set up after the Crime and Disorder Act (1998) came into action. The first strategy was set up immediately after the act came into action and ran from 1998 to 2003. Each strategy is 3 years long. ...read more.

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The members were responsible for holding meetings every 6 weeks, involving people from other organisations to help with the scheme. The members monitor and track the schemes with the aid of structured action plans. The action plans contain details of the scheme and are evaluated every 6 weeks when the meetings are held. The meetings involve discussions on any problems and solutions they have found with the scheme. In the meetings they discuss what has to be done and what has been previously done to tackle the problems. Anything that is discussed in the meetings is put down on the action plans. The action plans involve information on the task that needs to be done, the costs, targets, current performance and reasons for any under or over performances. The action plans also include information on other group interventions and why the intervention is needed. The action plans are evaluated every 6 weeks but the main evaluation will be done at the end of next March when the second strategy comes to an end. The Action Plans concentrate on the interventions, targets and performances of the scheme, in the meetings the members produce short term and long term targets. The short term targets have to be met within 6 weeks when the meeting is held again but the long term targets have to be met either at the end of the year or at the end of the strategy. ...read more.

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The establishments and agencies helped by agreeing to raise employee awareness. The scheme had a member of the team go out and speak to the head of the agencies on employee awareness. It also produced publicity and awareness material and got the agencies involved to send this out with the employee pay slips. The scheme also involves press releases, which are released every so often. The press release contains information on the scheme, like what is being done and what is being aimed to do. The press releases also provide information on the successes of the scheme. The press releases are aimed at the general public. An example is at Christmas time, they reduced a press release pledging motorist to ensure all vehicles were secured at all time and ensure that any shopping was concealed and not left visible to others. Since the scheme was started in 1998 the rate of thefts from vehicles has reduced. In 1998 the average rate in Kirklees was 19 per 1000 population but within just two years of the scheme being run, the rate reduced to 16 per 1000 population. Theses figures are for the whole of Kirklees but the rates for specific areas in Kirklees has dropped by a huge amount in just one year. Batley has reduced the rate of theft from vehicles from 19 per 1000 population in 1999 to 13 per 1000 in 2002. ...read more.

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