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Safety Plan
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Crime in general and violent crime
in particular are falling. So is the
fear of crime. But they all remain too
high. If we are to make our
communities still safer, everyone –
from the heart of national
government, through regional and
local partners, right through to
neighbourhoods and the people who
live in them – must play their part.
The National Community Safety Plan
(NCSP), published in November
2005, will help us do this.

A new approach
to community
The NCSP sets out the Government’s
community safety priorities for 2006-
2009. It outlines a new approach to
community safety and aims to
manage a coherent community safety
programme across Government,
providing people working in the field
with a clear view of overall priorities.
Putting people at the heart of
community safety
Communities are at the heart of the Plan. The Plan underlines the need for citizens to be
active in helping to identify community safety priorities for their neighbourhoods and to
work with key agencies to make sure they are tackled. Strong and active voluntary and
community groups make a vital contribution to community safety.

NCSP themes
The NCSP is built around 5 themes:
■ Making communities stronger and more effective
■ Further reducing crime and anti-social behaviour
■ Creating safer environments
■ Protecting the public and building confidence
■ Improving people’s lives, so they are less likely to commit offences or re-offend.

The NCSP incorporates the National Policing Plan 2006-2009 which sets out the Home
Secretary's key priorities for police forces and authorities.

The vital role of local partners

The NCSP signals the beginning of a new way of working on community safety, with
much closer collaboration between central government and local agencies in the setting
of priorities and the development of new policies and initiatives. Many of these agencies
work together as local partnerships on a range of matters such as health, children’s
issues, employment, and environmental issues as well as policing, drugs prevention,
crime, and anti-social behaviour. This enables them to bring holistic approaches to local
problems and deliver what is important to local people.
The National Community Safety Plan 2006-2009 is available online at:

The Government departments contributing to the NCSP are:

Department for Constitutional Affairs

Department for Culture Media and Sport

Department for Education and Skills

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Department of Health

Department of Trade and Industry

Department for Transport

Department for Work and Pensions

Home Office

HM Treasury

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister HM Government