The University of Leicester Scarman Centre has received its biggest ever research award, a prestigious £1.5m contract for the evaluation of CCTV initiatives funded under the Home Office Crime Reduction Programme.
project will be headed by Centre Director Professor Martin Gill, who said:
"Despite the growth in CCTV around the country there has been very little
emphasis on rigorous evaluation.
example, we still do not know for sure the types of settings in which CCTV is
most likely to be effective, and the advantages and disadvantages associated
with it. We see this project as a major step forward in filling this gap."
interdisciplinary research team including Professor Peter Fisher (Geography) and
Dr Ziggy MacDonald (Economics), who helped in the design of the research, will
play an important role alongside Scarman Centre staff in the management of the
evaluation, which will take three years, began in October, and will look at the
various ways in which CCTV initiatives work to reduce crime. It brings together
considerable expertise in the fields of evaluation, statistical crime analysis,
and the use of geographical information systems to investigate crime, and
provides an exciting opportunity to inform policy and practice relating to crime
reduction in the UK.
CCTV initiatives throughout England have been chosen for evaluation. They are to
be installed in a number of different settings, including car parks, residential
areas and town centres.
aims to address a specific crime problem identified in that area.
wide range of both qualitative and quantitative information about each scheme
will be collected by a team of nine fieldworkers headed by Polly Smith and
Angela Spriggs, who have worked with Martin Gill on another evaluation study.
The research will also include independent public attitude surveys to
investigate fear of crime and the effect of CCTV on public behaviour.
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