Community safety glossary

Glossary of community safety terms

  • ABA – Acceptable Behaviour Agreements: voluntary pacts, mainly between young people who are causing problems where they live, their parents or guardians and the local authority and the police.
  • ASB – Anti-social behaviour: behaviour that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to people not in the same household as the individual causing concern.
  • ASBO – Anti-social Behaviour Order: a civil rather than criminal legal remedy obtained against individuals sought through the magistrates court system. It imposes conditions preventing individuals from causing fear and alarm to others. Persistent behaviour after the order has been made can lead to a fine or imprisonment.
  • BTP – British Transport Police: responsible for trains and the underground system.
  • CCTV – Closed circuit television: used to record and monitor street based incidents.
  • Community safety: used to describe a multi-agency approach to reducing crime, disorder and the fear associated with it.
  • Community Safety Partnership: strategic level multi-agency partnership, serviced by Camden’s community safety team.
  • Crime and Disorder Act 1998: became law in July 1998, giving power to police and council to find lasting solutions to local crime and disorder problems.
  • CRIS – Crime Report Information System: database holding details of actual crime.
  • Judicial disposal: used to describe a suspect that has been arrested and charged leading to a caution or court appearance.
  • Mediation service: independent service helping those involved in neighbourhood disputes reach an agreement.
  • Neighbourhood Watch: residents working together to reduce crime within an area.
  • Non-residential burglary: incidents of burglary that occur in premises that are occupied by a business, hotel rooms which are not let on a permanent basis, detached garages and garden sheds etc.
  • Camden Community Police Consultative Group: a forum for local resident, voluntary organisations, community groups and senior police officers to meet and discuss local policing strategies.
  • Referral Order Panels: made up of volunteers from the community and the YOT dealing with a young person’s sentence – reviewing and planning supervisory plans and programmes of work addressing the consequences of crime.
  • Restorative approaches: enhanced through the delivery of a warning as part of a restorative conference involving the perpetrator, their parents/guardians (if a young person), and the victim (where appropriate) to enable the perpetrator to face the consequences of their offence and give something back to the person/community, whilst enabling the victim to express their views.
  • Victim Support: a national charity offering help and advice to those that have suffered from theft, assault, sexual or racial violence etc.
  • YOS – Youth Offending Service: specialist team drawn from different agencies working within the criminal justice system – undertaking preventative work to stop young people being drawn into offending.
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