What is Crime Prevention?
Part of a speech delivered in 1829 by the first Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Sir Richard Mayne included the phrase, "The primary object of an efficient Police force is the prevention of crime, the next that of detection and punishment of offenders if crime is committed. To these ends all the efforts of the police must be directed“.
Crime Prevention is everyone’s business and should always play an important part of our daily routine. There is nothing truer than “prevention being better than the cure” and in relation to crime, prevention should be at the top of everyone’s agenda.
Some of the greatest obstacles to successful crime prevention come from not understanding how each of us can play a valuable part in “preventing” crime, or the assumption that crime won’t affect us directly. Gibraltar crime-levels remain relatively low when compared to other European cities, however, our geographical location together with the significant number of visitor arrivals by air, sea and land mean that we should not become complacent in our collective approach to preventing crime. Therefore, our collective aim should be to make our community an even safer place in which to live and work.
The Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP) is fully committed to ensuring that crime prevention remains at the forefront of our efforts to support the community that we serve. However, crime prevention needs to be a shared priority in partnership with our community and other key stakeholders. By sharing our vision and collaborating with others in reducing the opportunity for crime to occur, reducing the number of victims of crime and creating safer environments, we can aspire to make a real impact in reducing crime and make our community an even safer place.
Our Neighbourhood Policing Teams, School Liaison & Crime Prevention officers are trained in various aspects of crime prevention, designing out crime and problem-solving, supporting our Area Response Teams in the development of solutions to community concerns. Our officers are there to work with you, whether you are a member of the public, the business community or partner agency.
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