Stronger Towns Fund: Do The Most Deprived Towns In The UK Have The Highest Crime Rates?

In light of Theresa May’s announcement of a ‘Stronger Towns Fund’, there has been an uproar. With allegations of the Prime Minister wanting to ‘bribe’ the public and Members of Parliament, there is a lot of controversy surrounding her plans to offer a substantial amount of money to the struggling towns and cities in the UK. The Prime Minister’s promise of £1.6 Billion being spent on the most deprived areas of the UK with a post-Brexit fund could be a fantastic way to help communities thrive in the future. But where will the money be going? How will it be distributed? And how are they going to decide which towns are the most deprived in England?

Having recently cut funding to the police force around England and the rest of the UK, Theresa May has dismissed claims that an increase in police numbers would help to solve the amount of crime in some areas. She explained that there is “no direct correlation between certain crimes and police numbers”. With this in mind would it make sense to take some of that £1.6 billion and give it to those areas that have the most crime? Or are they looking to which areas are the poorest? Logically you’d think that the most deprived areas correlate with wealth. To find out whether the poorest towns and cities need the most money to fight crime, we’ve analysed the data and figured out that this isn’t necessarily always the case.

The Most Deprived Areas In England

After searching for the most deprived towns and cities we’ve taken the top 10 according to the ONS (Office of National Statistics). They measure a range of metrics to determine which areas of England are the most deprived. In their most recent report, they took into consideration metrics like low incomes, levels of employment, health, education and crime to make sure that they are able to compile an accurate list of struggling areas.

  1. Oldham
  2. West Bromwich
  3. Liverpool
  4. Walsall
  5. Birmingham
  6. Nottingham
  7. Middlesbrough
  8. Salford
  9. Birkenhead
  10. Rochdale

Oldham

Oldham, remembered as one of the largest cotton-producing areas in the world has a proud history. However, after foreign rivals came and destroyed the mills they once used, Oldham never really recovered. Having some of the poorest neighbourhoods is Britain, Oldham was unable to find another avenue of income.

West Bromwich

In the 1960s the West Midlands was one of Britain’s most prosperous regions backed by their riches. The manufacturing industry fueled the grown with factories in areas like West Bromwich. After global competition hit and a lack of support from governments, the industry shrunk by the 1980s.

Liverpool

Once a prosperous city, Liverpool took a hit in the 1970s when a new breed of container ships left the traditional dock behind. Although it has seen investments and has become a beautiful shopping and tourist centre, Liverpool has a high crime and unemployment rate.

Walsall

With low average wages and more than one in five households out of work, Walsall has struggled to renovate itself after the decline of the industrial industries. After a number of the most prominent leather factories had shut down, the unemployment rate increased with nothing to replace them.

Birmingham

Known for its role in the industrial revolution Birmingham has played a major role in the growth of Britain. Being at the forefront of technological developments in those times, Birmingham took a blow in the early 1980s during the recession.

Nottingham

Famous for the tale of Robin Hood in Sherwood forest and the lace factories in and around the city, Nottingham found defeat after their foreign rivals out-performed them and undercut their prices after the second world war.

Middlesbrough

The iconic bridge over the river Tees has been a symbol of North Yorkshire’s industrial history. After the discovery of iron ore, Middlesbrough began the swift upward trajectory in the 1940s which lead to this area producing a third of Britains output.

Salford

Some parts of Salford has started to revive itself in recent times with an exciting move form the BBC after they arrived and left London. However, Salford has the highest drink-related NHS prescriptions in the country.

Birkenhead

Famous for their historic shipyard, Birkenhead has seen the construction of significant ships over the years. This just started their accent and Birkenhead grew around the ship industry. But many jobs seemed to slip away during the late 20th century.

Rochdale

Although Rochdale’s wages and skill levels we’re one of the lowest in the country, the private investments are increasing for the city. Unfortunately, in recent times the number of available jobs has creased dramatically by 12% in the last 10 years.

The Crime Rate

After finding the most deprived areas in England we thought that we’d have a look at what the crime statistics look like. The Police UK website has a nicely presented dataset for each area on our list. This data is has been gathered from January 2018 to December 2018 so we have a nice insight into recent events.

Having analysed the crime data we found that there isn’t an obvious correlation between the most deprived areas and the total number of crimes committed. Looking at the graph below, you see the Towns/ Cities in ascending order (left to right) with Oldham being the most deprived and Rochdale being the 10th most.

As you can see, there isn’t a trend to be seen from this set of data. Oldham has been deemed the most deprived area in England but doesn’t show the highest crime rate, it’s not even close. With only 2872 counts of recorded criminal activity in 2018, Oldham is second lowest on the list for the number of crimes committed. Whereas Liverpool, the third most deprived area has a huge crime rate of 27529 in 2018 alone.

A Closer Look

Having had a look into the highest crime rates in 2018 makes sense to investigate the types of crimes too. The Police UK website makes this information readily available to everyone and in doing so, they’re providing accurate information about the areas you live in.

As you can see, there are a few types of crime that show a higher recorded number, for example, anti-social behaviour and violence and sexual offences have a much higher number of instances over a crime like possession of weapons. While this is the case, the number of knife related crimes are on a steady increase which does mean that these numbers could be very different in a years time.

Summary

So, after an analysis of the data, you can see that there isn’t a particularly obvious correlation between the crime rate and the most deprived towns and cities in England. But we’re left asking a number of unanswered questions, like how are they going to share the Stronger Towns Fund? Will it be done solely on the poorest areas? Or will they look at more than money and evaluate crime too? Coupled with the thought of Brexit, the idea that the government will be sharing out money to those in need might result in distrust.

What’s more, after an in-depth look at these areas we decided to gather information pertaining to how happy the respective populations are. After some digging, we found a few interesting metrics. According to the ONS, we found that Liverpool had the lowest rate of happiness out of our 10 most deprived areas in England with a score of just 7 out of 10. The average score in the UK is around 7.4 which is in line with places like Rochdale, our tenth most deprived area in England. Interestingly, Rochdale has the lowest crime rate while maintaining a, just below average happiness score of 7.3. Does that mean that the happiest places are the one with less crime and a wealthier economy? The statistics would suggest that this is the case. So to make the UK a happier place, should be crack down and focus on stopping crime?

Home Surveillance Systems and Cameras

Home surveillance systems have been around for a while now. Given that fact, it should be a pretty simple concept to understand, right?

Well, many people are surprised to learn that there are actually three very different types of surveillance systems that you can install in your home. Yes, at their heart they all use cameras as a deterrent to crime. Some, though not all – which again is surprising – of the systems also record and store footage to be used as evidence if required.

But that is really where the similarities end. We’re going to take a look at the three types of home surveillance system’s available and their pros and cons to help you to decide which one is right for you. Continue reading Home Surveillance Systems and Cameras

The Best Premium Home Security Protection

There are numerous home security systems on the market. There is everything from standard CCTV to burglar alarm systems, and that’s only scratching the surface. There are even those who swear by a watchdog to protect their homes – no matter the size of the dog itself!

Every home security system has its pros and cons of course. Burglar alarms can be ignored, CCTV can only record not prevent, and according to every cartoon we’ve ever seen, a guard dog can be distracted by a string of sausages.

What you need for complete home protection is a Premium Security System. To achieve that premium part, the service must provide a combination of all the home security measures listed above.

RE:SURE offers precisely that.

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Why CCTV Alone is not Enough to Stop Crime

There are a lot of questions to unravel in this article, so let’s get straight down to it!

Additional Methods to Protect Your Home

In addition to CCTV, there are numerous systems out there to protect your home. These can either work in tandem with an installed CCTV system or alone. The more systems you have in place, the better protected your home will be, right?

So, what additional systems are available out there on the market right now?

Well, let’s start with:

Burglar Alarms

A classic home security system, burglar alarms have been on the market for decades now. In fact, if you have any home security measure in place already, it will almost certainly be in the form of a traditional alarm system.

So if they are so popular, and they have been around for so long – why is it that they are not the only home security system on the market? Why would people pay for more, when alarms seem to be everywhere already?

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How to Protect your Business from Burglary and Break-ins

At RE:SURE, our goal is to ensure our clients suffer no break-in and burglary-related issues at all costs. Therefore, it’s important for clients to enforce extra measures to safeguard their properties, alongside our remotely monitored CCTV system. While our system will be there whenever you need it to prevent crime – there are measures you can implement to deter burglars even further, and never even have them consider your home as a potential target. Some of these measures we recommend are listed below.

Remote CCTV Monitoring

RE:SURE is the company to turn to for your remote CCTV monitoring. Whether you are looking to protect your home, business premises or your own person while on the go, we have a service specifically tailored to your needs. What makes our services different is the fact that once you arm the system, and someone triggers it, our staff will be alerted immediately. They will be able to view the live feed coming from your cameras, challenge the intruder and let them know they are being watched, and if need be, alert the police, who will come at once. Our system does so much more than simply prevent burglary and break-ins, which is why we urge you to place your trust in us.

However, there are other things you can do to reduce the risk of burglary even further. Some of them include:

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How Does Remote CCTV Monitoring Work?

Are you planning to install CCTV cameras at your home or business premises? At RE:SURE, we offer remote CCTV monitoring that will help you prevent potential break-ins, ensuring you’re worry-free at all times.

If you’re already planning to install these cameras at your home or place of work, you’re probably wondering how they work. Below we explain in detail how the RE:SURE remote CCTV monitoring system can help you improve the safety of your home or office space.  

Overview

At RE:SURE, we offer three distinct services: RE:SURE Home CCTV monitoring, RE:SURE Business and RE:SURE Go, (a range of smartphone safety apps, a personal safety app, lone working apps, and a taxi driver app).

What makes us stand out in the overcrowded security market is the fact that our system is not there to record a crime taking place – it is there to prevent it.

Regular alarm systems may be loud, but they do nothing more than alert you or your neighbors that a break-in might be taking place. With so many false alarms going off every day, most people no longer mind them, and the chances of someone calling the police when an alarm is triggered are slim.

Even if the police do arrive – all they can do is investigate. Your valuables are already long gone.

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How to Really Secure Your Home against Burglars

Burglary and theft are nothing new. Since man first became civilized, he challenged the lives of other people at every step. No development in the economic set up of the nation can lower the level of crime.

In spite of so much improvement around, safety is still one of the most common issues we all face. With increasing complaints about theft and robbery threats, a range of security surveillance systems has entered the market. While some are extremely handy or beneficial, others often fail to serve their purpose.

If you think that you live in a crime-free and peaceful region, just stop and think again. Considering the unstable condition of the job market, the number of criminal activities can increase over time. Just because your neighbours are nice and hospitable doesn’t mean that you won’t experience any theft or vandalism.

The following is a good checklist to go through before leaving your home empty or for beefing up your protection against burglary.

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8 Simple security tips to protect your commercial property this winter.

No matter where you’re working this winter, there needs to be a clear security protocol in effect, one that all members of staff are extensively briefed on. This has to include even those who are not frequently working within the building; this means any extra temporary Christmas staff you might’ve hired to fulfill additional demands. The priority is to keep your employees and any valuable equipment safe from external threats. Having the right security measures in place will help to deter intruders as well as prevent a wide array of crimes – especially when coupled with advanced security measures such as CCTV monitoring response technology.

Here are some basic security measures that all commercial properties should consider to be the very minimum workplace security precautions they put in place this Christmas.

1. It goes without saying to always ensure that all of the doors and windows are locked before leaving or locking up the workplace, even so time and time again this has been the root cause of many a breached perimeter. Check them again in the morning to confirm they are all still securely locked and that nothing is missing. If a window/door is open that wasn’t the night before, it would be a good idea to check any security footage you might have for that time-frame.

Keep the exits and the entrances secure at all times of the day and night. Using a combination door is ideal for controlling who enters and exits the building. You can also issue key cards and keys or even an ID badge to make sure that only the regular staff are able to enter the building. If viable you can also have a reception staff that is set the task of tagging any visitors with a temporary ID badge and to sign in and out when they enter/exit the building, many buildings will simply use a paper format log sheet to keep tracks of comings and goings and that’s fine too.

2. Security is something that should be at the forefront of not just your mind but also your workers minds all times. Sufficient reminders/advertisements of protocol should be fitted in as many visible places as possible, as well as holding routine meetings when systems are updated or when there is an incident to identify the cause and prevent them happening again in the future.

3. Install an up-to-date security system that takes advantage of the most advanced crime prevention technology available today. A system with a built in alert directly to the police or a security response team is an ideal choice, this coupled with motion sensing closed circuit television is allowing many businesses to prevent crimes before they happen. Once movement is detected on your property an audio warning is played out loud, resulting in a very high success rate of scaring away any intruders. Here at RE:SURE we provide a very effective and reliable CCTV monitoring service that have prevented thousands of crimes from ever taking place.

4. Dark corners are breeding grounds for criminal activity, out of sight and out of mind does not apply when it comes to securing your business. Be sure that there is sufficient lighting in and around your place of work, leaving no blind spots for CCTV cameras. It makes it easier to be able to see who is at the door and help to discourage break-ins. A well lit property also provides extra safety to those who arrive early or who leave late. Motion activated lights are especially recommended as they startle intruders and often cause them to flee with a small secondary benefit of saving on energy costs due to their select usage.

5. If you don’t have a video system, get one installed. A closed circuit television system is a great way to keep track of who enters and exits the building. You can also use this in the hallways and in stairwells or wherever any valuable items or sensitive activity takes place. Take it a step further and upgrade your video system with motion detection technology, catching any movement on your property as it happens is a very effective form of crime prevention.

6. You should also ensure that any car parking area is kept under surveillance. Burglars are known to check all the doors in a car park and many companies suffer theft as parked vehicles are sitting ducks to any greedy ambitious hands. Consider CCTV camera’s or dummy camera’s as well as parking barriers, swinging gates and even posts. If you have perimeter security staff working for you then we recommend a member being stationed here

7. Remember that expensive technology is everywhere even what might seem like a very dull box with wires sticking out of it could be worth thousands of pounds. If possible record all the serial numbers of your equipment and tag the most expensive items, it can be very pricey if something is stolen or damaged. Be sure that you keep track of all personal documents and confidential files. For some high risk industries where staff anonymity is important, store names and addresses separately where possible and keep extra copies of important documents in safe places.

8. Sensitive information such as pass-codes for doors, windows, I.T systems etc. should only be permitted to specific employees and change it often for safety reasons; ex-employees should not be able to gain access to your property. Recommend your staff against recording them on pieces of paper which risk being lost and falling into the wrong hands.

This was just a a very basic list and there are many more ways to protect your property from the damages of criminal activity. If you would like to learn more about how to protect your livelihood, get in touch and a member of the RE:SURE team would be happy to advise you further.

Don’t ever leave anything to chance.

Mobile & remote access to CCTV monitoring systems (smart phones = smart security).

If you own a video security system, you probably know all about the convenience and functionality of using your mobile phone, tablet computer and laptop to access your system on the go via the use of applications. The great thing about today’s video security systems is that you can stream your video feeds at a 1080p resolution with a steady 30 fps on your gadgets from anywhere you want at any given time.

The most important aspect of any video management application is, of course, speedy and easy access; this will allow anyone involved in the security or management of a business or company to not have to worry about being out of reach or unable to see what their video security system is tracking. By having immediate access to any and all cameras in a moment, the most important locations such as the reception or front door, the main room and offices can be covered personally at all hours, no matter where you happen to be. With an effective video security system, personal safety is greatly increased, leading to happier and more productive work days.

Two of the essential areas that many, if not all, companies in the business of manufacturing security cameras focus on are, firstly, the Video Management System (VMS) itself, which records video feeds, manages the network of security cameras and is at the very centre of a successful video security system. Secondly, they focus on perfecting their mobile applications, which will allow you to instantly access any video feed you want to reach across any place covered by the system as well as being more precise in terms of time-frames, giving audio if available and capturing motion-tracking in the video recordings.

If you are using a device powered by Android or a device running Apple’s iOS, the option is there to monitor remotely a live feed from any NVR or DVR camera. You can even monitor directly from the IP. The quality of the feed depends on the speed of the upload connection wherever you are using your device; slower connections will result in reduced resolution and frame rate but if you were to manually reduce the resolution or frame rate to something more manageable, satisfactory results can still be achieved.

There are a few ways to maximise the benefits you can get from being able to configure your camera from any location, with one of the most useful ones being using cameras that can Pan, Tilt and Zoom (PTZ). With cameras such as these, you can choose one to focus on and zoom in up to 30x and control its movements; this is a definite advantage over using static or fixed cameras.

Overall, mobile devices such as phone, laptops and tablets are an essential part of having a powerful domestic or commercial video security system. Applications on these devices are very useful in monitoring the most important areas of your domestic or commercial property due to the freedom they allow you; you don’t have to sit staring at a computer screen 24 hours a day when you can simply check your device whenever you want.

RE:SURE Advanced Video Analytics in action

We prevent crimes before they happen and that’s the simple truth. This may sound like something out of a science fiction film but believe it or not the future of security is now and we’re leading the charge, offering peace of mind to both domestic and commercial properties across Ireland.

What makes things really easy for our marketing department is that we don’t have to hope potential clients believe in “too good to be true” claims of our effective security measures; we have real world audiovisual proof that our technology saves you a fortune on costly criminal activities so many homes and businesses fall victim to.

The video below show cases how RE:SURE protects your premises when you are not there, stopping crime from happening in the first place. We use smart cameras to detect intruders the moment they step foot onto your property.

This means we give you all the services of a security guard for a fraction of the price; check out the video below to see a few examples of how well our smart cameras detect intruders.

Check out the full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tygBn9NLoJk