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Neighbourhood Safety Handbook

27 Jun 2019 - 12:15

A recent publication by John Cartwright and Clifford Shearing outlines principles to be considered in creating a safe environment, using a “whole-of-society” approach. The handbook is supporting the Neighbourhood Safety Initiative undertaken with the City of Cape Town.

Cartwright and Shearing explain that in order to build and maintain real and lasting safety, policing must be complemented by an approach to neighbourhood policing and safety-building that is locally focused,problem-solving and future-oriented.

Excerpt from the Handbook:

‘Considering the principles and practices articulated in this brief handbook, we may rephrase our priorities as follows: 

• safety begins in neighbourhoods, the places where we live, play and often work; 

• true safety is experienced in the enhanced quality of daily life; 

• neighbourhoods are the building blocks of a broader community, and have a ripple effect beyond themselves; 

• neighbourhood safety is not the exclusive domain of any single agency or organisation; 

• the chief characteristics of effective placemakers for public safety (whether ‘ordinary’ citizens or public servants) are alertness and respect. 

Access the Neighbourhood Safety handbook here.