Street Crime in London: Deterrence, Disruption and Displacement

Kathryn Curran, Michael Dale, Mark Edmunds, Mike Hough, Andrew Millie, Melissa Wagstaff

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This study has examined street crime in London, focusing on the causes of the ‘epidemic’ of 2000 and 2001 and its decrease from November 2001. It has examined the impact of the early stages of the Street Crime Initiative (SCI) and other policing initiatives in one of the ten SCI areas, testing for geographical, functional and tactical displacement. The study was commissioned in response to concerns from local authorities and police about crime displacement occurring in areas outside the SCI. It was largely conducted over a six-month period from October 2002, examining the available statistics in detail. Displacement was assessed mainly by comparing street crime trends over time and place and by examining changes in the length of ‘journeys to work’ made by street offenders. This analysis was supplemented by 121 interviews. Of these 73 were conducted with street offenders who were asked about their patterns of offending, and their awareness of, and responses to, the SCI. Finally, police and other professionals involved in implementing the SCI in London were interviewed.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherGovernment Office for London
Commissioning bodyGovernment Office for London
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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