As expected, crime is an issue at the forefront of the minds of residents of East PoS and the national population. Although East PoS in many ways has developed a reputation as an unsafe place, the reality is far more nuanced. Criminality is not a universal defining characteristic of East PoS, although elevated levels of crime are present in particular areas.

The strategies aim to tackle criminality through multiple approaches, including environmental design and law enforcement activities. Additionally, working in tandem with Theme Four, increased social and recreational opportunities can provide both an alternative from the real temptation of anti-social behaviours, and can lead to the development of talents and skills that increase the sense of self-worth of each resident. Key areas include sports, and arts and culture.

Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) is also one of the key philosophies unpinning the development strategy.

It has been shown that the perception of safety can be improved, and opportunities for criminal and anti-social behaviours can be reduced, by making simple yet profound changes to the design of the environment. These changes are envisioned to be accomplished through updated planning regulations, as well as design guidelines for public projects and private development.

Partnership with law enforcement agencies, in particular the pivotal community police, is key to rebuilding a sense of trust and shared purpose between communities and these agents. The model of community police units is increasingly being shown to break down barriers between people and law enforcement, with members of these units attending community activities, stakeholder meetings, and going above and beyond to build up their constituents.

GOAL FIVE

Reduce incidence of crime and fear of criminality in East PoS

STRATEGY
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Strengthen Efficacy of Law and Citizen Enforcement Efforts, and Improve Relations with Police

A focus on the work of the Community Police Unit is essential to rebuilding trust and nurturing a sense of understanding and shared purpose towards a safer East PoS, as well as working with communities to create a sense of responsibility for and ownership.

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GOAL FIVE

Reduce incidence of crime and fear of criminality in East PoS

STRATEGY
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Utilise Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) Strategies

Use urban planning and design strategies and physical interventions to reduce opportunities for crime in the built environment.

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