My thanks to Simon for spotting this presentation which shows us what crime mapping might mean for you and I as public consumers of the information.
Boris Johnson was proposing as part of his manifesto for the Mayoralty, and now it’s also something that Louis Casey has recommended to government and they’re quite positive about. Whether everyone’s signed up to the same maps and same information will be interesting to see, but it looks like this sort of data will be coming our way at some point.
Reading Casey’s report another of her eminently sensible recommendations is that youth provision is open on Friday evenings. She says:
Building on the work that the Department for Children, Schools and Families is already pursuing in 50 local authorities that cover the country’s most deprived areas, the government should ensure that, by Summer 2009, there are youth activities available where needed on Friday evenings in those 50 areas and that, more broadly, future capital investment in youth facilities across the country is dependent upon local authorities being able to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to adequate youth provision being available on Friday evenings.
It’s always seemed amazing to me that youth services aren’t there when young people are at their most vulnerable and if this report starts to address this that’ll be welcome.