The nature of crime, and our responses

It is an unfortunate reality that crime will always be present in our society. Where pof the impact upon the subject of their desires. Where belief exists, there will be those who seek to influence the beliefs of others through violence and extreme acts.

With those things present, if no form of control existed then avarice, desire and coercion would run wild and the result would be anarchy. It is a sad fact well evidenced in situational experiments such as the Stanford Prison and Milgram studies that humans will respond according to situations, and that in some situations will behave in ways that are unacceptable and cause harm because they feel they can do so or are instructed to do so Рa descent to a level of behaviour rather than maintaining high standards and morals. That being the case, where opportunity exists or a belief exists that some form of behaviour is expected, then we will see people engage in things that are harmful, harm others and harm society and exploit others, especially those who are vulnerable and who do not have the means to confront their exploiter and control the behaviour.

We see this happening today in the world, in areas such as Somalia where an absence of government, of control, led to the country being ripped apart by criminals and massive harm being caused to citizens – anarchy of the most extreme kind.

In our own country today, we have prominent commentators espousing the view that cuts in policing and disenfranchisement of citizens is leading us towards a more violent, more criminally active society with higher levels of knife crime, violent crime, burglaries and vehicle crime causing higher levels of harm to our citizens.

If that is the case, what then our response? Do we campaign for an increase in expenditure on policing and hope that that will happen? We could do that, but even if that increase were to take place – and it is doubtful if it will, given the pressures on our economy – delivering the increased presence will take a long time and all the time that it is being put into place, other demand will grow from areas such as online paedophilia, online fraud and other internet enabled crime that is swamping police forces and agencies.

That being the case, we have to look at other solutions. Those solutions are many and varied, and are not all traditionally focussed in the sense of putting a uniform in to a situation to prevent something happening.

Many years ago, one of our senior leaders at UK Protection was engaged in work to make the night time economy in a major city a safer place to enjoy socialising in. Police resources were limited, but what was available was an enthused and committed set of volunteers from the faith community to go out into the night and be street pastors. Simply by being present and caring, by providing a pastoral influence and by listening, behaviour was moderated and the tone of the night time economy area changed – from one of excess and vulgarity to one of responsible enjoyment. The climate around the night time economy changed, a culture was constructively challenged and changed and a more positive position was delivered.

So, how do we do this in wider society? At UK Protection we are convinced we have a role to play. Firstly, by instituting standards in the way we deliver our service so that our effect is more widespread than simply on our clients footprint. Secondly, by identifying threats and sharing information. Thirdly by galvanising others to join our efforts and finally by accepting our wider social responsibility to contribute to the area we work in and support community initiatives that build social capital.

If all companies and organisations adopted a similar position, if all people in an area accepted responsibility for the role they have to play then surely we can support efforts to make our society better? Let us know if you agree – and if you do, then maybe we can work together to achieve difference?

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