Crime Prevention which the European Union Crime Prevention Network defines as “ethically acceptable and evidence-based activities aimed at reducing the risk of crime occurring and its harmful consequences with the ultimate goal of working towards the improvement of the quality of life and safety of individuals, groups and communities”.
Winner: We Don’t Buy Crime, North Wales Police Force working in partnership with OPCC and other partners.
Preventing crime by reducing the benefits to offenders of acquisitive crime, they work with a forensic marking provider of ‘Smart Water’ which enables property to be traced back to victims and criminals to be traced back to the crime. The tactic is known within the criminal fraternity, who acknowledge that it represents a genuine threat to them; it is highly effective as a deterrent within communities. All officers have UV torches as standard issue to check suspects and property for forensic marking, which ensures that all offenders and property that officers encounter are checked for Smart Water.