The Government has produced advice on crime prevention and community safety which is available from your local council, police station and Neighbourhood Watch group.
Getting involved in neighbourhood watch
Neighbourhood Watch is one of the largest crime prevention initiatives. Anyone can get involved in a Neighbourhood Watch scheme. Schemes allow local people to help the police cut crime. They also encourage people to be good neighbours and bring communities closer together.
Each scheme is led by a volunteer co-ordinator who gets their neighbours together to discuss how they can make their neighbourhood a safer place to live.
They keep in close touch with local police to share information and advice.
You can also contact your local police station. You will find the address and telephone number in the phone book. You can also visit the National Neighbourhood Watch Association website. Click here for more.
Preventing wrongful arrests in the capital
5% of complaints to the IPCC relate to wrongful arrests. People think they may never be the subject of an arrest, but facts and figures show that this is much more common than we ever thought.
If you find yourself in this situation, you will need to contact a solicitor and even a private detective. An investigator will have the skills needed to create a strong case by conducting interviews and examining facts.
From here your solicitor will be able to present your case in court through all the evidence gathered from a criminal defence expert. See more about the process.