To make England a safe place revolves more around community. We have good policing and we are much safer than the most dangerous countries on earth. But obviously there is crime, so let’s look at good ways to keep us safe, beyond funding the police.
- We Keep Us Safe is a book on how to address crime in society, without kneejerk reactions. Our current justice system does not bridge divides, which is the solution. Real safety comes from stable healthcare, housing clean air and water. If you hold people accountable in community, everyone can fully engage in society.
- The Little Book of Restorative Justice is by Howard Zehr, the ‘father of Restorative Justice’. Based on Native American circle traditions, this is not ‘soft-on-crime’, but victims meet with criminals (not always the same crimes) to talk through the effects. Many people then don’t commit further crimes (and the re-offending rate for juveniles is almost zero). The Big Book of Restorative Justice includes this and three other books, to cover community, schools, workplace and social services. Restorative Justice Pocketbook is a visual introduction for younger readers.
- Get Safe Online has tips to help prevent cyber crime
- Keep a non-emergency number of your police station to hand (some are not always open) if it’s not an emergency. You can report crimes (anonymously if wished) to Crimestopper. You can find help at Victim Support (also see how to help stop domestic abuse)
- Jens Söring is a German national who recently returned home from the US, after spending over 30 years in prison for conviction of a double murder. Different people say he’s innocent or not. But what he did during his time inside was write on prison reform (his books have won awards from Catholic Press Association: The Church of the Second Chance and One Day in the Life of 179212).
- Animals & Society Institute runs AniCare, which trains probation officers to stop animal abuse. It has manuals for both adults and children (include those who have witnessed animal abuse). Studies show that nearly all serial killers have a history of animal abuse