Crime and Community Safety

Crime and the fear of crime can have an equally important impact on health contributing to social isolation and mental health problems, as well as acting as a barrier to physical activity, social interaction and access to local services.

Perceptions of the crime and feelings of personal safety have the potential to limit how people live their lives and this can lead to them becoming increasingly isolated (e.g. fear of crime can act as a barrier to people going out alone, after dark or visit certain areas.)

Poor design which ignores crime and community safety issues can create an intimidating environment that people do not want to use, while conversely spaces that are designed to be safe, attractive accessible can encourage a mix of different people to use them, this use building a sense of community empowerment and ownership which in turn can discourage crime and antisocial behavior.