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Housing, urban governance and anti-social behaviourPerspectives, policy and practice$
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John Flint

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346858

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346858.001.0001

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Policing and community safety in residential areas: the mixed economy of visible patrols

Policing and community safety in residential areas: the mixed economy of visible patrols

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(p.218) (p.219) Eleven Policing and community safety in residential areas: the mixed economy of visible patrols
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Housing, urban governance and anti-social behaviour
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Crawford Adam

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346858.003.0012

This chapter tries to connect housing to an increasingly mixed economy of policing where the demand for security patrols in residential areas is delivered through different forms of neighbourhood wardens, police officers, and private security firms. It critiques the effectiveness of this mixed economy in improving the communities' fears of ASB and crime. It is argued that these developments actually symbolise an emerging form of community-based — but parochial — governance. The chapter also identifies the need to consider the coordination between ‘plural policing personnel’ and to make sure that there is enough accountability and regulation in this mixed economy.

Keywords:   policing, mixed economy, security patrols, fear of ASB, fear of crime, community-based governance, plural policing personnel

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