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Policing and community safety in residential areas: the mixed economy of visible patrols

Crawford Adam

in Housing, urban governance and anti-social behaviour

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346858
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302544 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346858.003.0012
Policing and community safety in residential areas: the mixed economy of visible patrols

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This chapter tries to connect housing to an increasingly mixed economy of policing where the demand for security patrols in residential areas is delivered through different forms of neighbourhood wardens, police officers, and private security firms. It critiques the effectiveness of this mixed economy in improving the communities' fears of ASB and crime. It is argued that these developments actually symbolise an emerging form of community-based — but parochial — governance. The chapter also identifies the need to consider the coordination between ‘plural policing personnel’ and to make sure that there is enough accountability and regulation in this mixed economy.

Keywords: policing; mixed economy; security patrols; fear of ASB; fear of crime; community-based governance; plural policing personnel

Chapter.  7399 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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