A Hard Day's Night: An Exploration into Community Safety and Crime Reduction in Gloucestershire’s Night-Time Economy

Heydon, Stacey (2018) A Hard Day's Night: An Exploration into Community Safety and Crime Reduction in Gloucestershire’s Night-Time Economy. Masters thesis, University of Gloucestershire.

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Abstract

The phrase ‘night-time economy’ (NTE) refers to all economic activity that takes place during 6:00pm – 6:00am. Its recent development has introduced the growth of profitable recreational activity and hedonism. However, the NTE environment has also introduced a range of negative concepts. To explore and understand this phenomenon in more depth, this thesis has been scaled to focus upon issues of crime and associated disorder in Gloucestershire’s NTE. Within this also includes investigation around concepts of fear and safety, community policing, multi-agency working and active crime reduction initiatives at a local level. A mixed methods approach was utilised to undertake this research. 459 survey responses were obtained from members of the public, and 31 from local business representatives. In addition, 12 semi-structured interviews were conducted with key stakeholders. The key findings found that the most popular issues of concern in Gloucestershire’s NTE are anti-social behaviour and violence. The biggest cause of crime was overwhelmingly noted to be the consumption and misuse of alcohol. Awareness of local current crime reduction initiatives by public and business respondents was poor, with only a few being able to comment on their levels of effectiveness for increasing safety and decreasing crime and associated behaviour. Those who did comment on their high levels of effectiveness noted principles such as efficient communication of information, well-established and formulated framework, and good credibility. To target the negative aspects of the NTE, it has been suggested that a greater emphasis upon multi-agency working is required. This will allow for greater efficiency in dealing with incidents and tackling their root cause. Additionally, it would help with implementation of various other schemes, initiatives or tactics, such as the introduction of a welfare bus, or use of breathalysing kits. However, this is only beneficial if all agencies are willing to cooperate.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Thesis Advisors:
Thesis AdvisorEmailURL
Stafford, Andrewastafford1@glos.ac.ukhttps://www.glos.ac.uk/academic-schools/natural-and-social-sciences/staff-profiles/pages/s2114634-andrew-stafford.aspx
Hobson, Jonathanjhobson@glos.ac.ukhttps://www.glos.ac.uk/research/research-priority-areas/environmental-dynamics-and-governance/staff-profiles/pages/s2105712-jonathan-hobson.aspx
Additional Information: Masters by Research
Uncontrolled Keywords: Community policing; Multi-agency working; Active crime reduction initiatives
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology. > HV7231 Criminal justice administration > HV7431 Prevention of crime, methods, etc.
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Natural & Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2019 13:55
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2019 13:55
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/7049

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