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Murder, Rape, Theft
and Abuse. Kids all around the world need our help.
Despite recent figures that suggest youth crime is on the decline, everyone has something to say on the subject. Today’s youth are being labelled as lazy, criminal good for nothings who are the scourge of modern society. But are these labels justified?
On this page you’ll find the latest stats along with personal experiences of youth crime.
We want to know your views. What do you think of today’s youth? What would you do to stop thuggish behaviour? Go to the forum and have your say.
Crime prevention is the prime purpose of perpetuating a 'Crimeshare Culture' in particular child protection. Clever kids have presented Commander Crimeshare with a technical solution to prevent child abduction from Crimeshare Culture Zones in public places using the community as its eyes and ears. Its generally accepted that the first hour after an abduction is crucial so the speed of response is also critical and Crimeshare Kids use ICT to give mums access to instant local publicity which will be quickly spread by CSTV throughout the UK and Europe making it impossible for the perpetrator to escape.
COMMUNITY CRIMESHARE CULTURE
It is estimated that seven million offences are caused by under 18’s every year. Most of this ‘youth crime’ is the result of anti social behaviour, street crime and violence.
Behind these statistics, the bad press and the community backlash, lie some unpalatable truths. ‘Responsible adults’ are quick to blame, but slow to take any responsibility. Kids aren’t born bad. We make them that way. We give them no guidance, no resources, no care. With nowhere to go, and nothing to do, is it any wonder that these forgotten millions seek refuge in gangs?
It doesn’t have to be this way. Kids are brilliant! Triple A recognise the power of their creative energy because we work with them every day and we strive to help them create a safer crime free future.
CrimeshareTV are piloting a brand new initiative designed to take kids off the streets and back into the community. With sponsorship from major brand names and with volunteers from the media industry and local communities, we are setting up Triple A Studios up and down the country.
The Triple A Brand, in partnership with our sponsors, are actively seeking to work together with borough councils and local kids to create a Crimeshare Culture in the fight against crime. There is an urgent need for rent / rates free unused buildings i.e. shops, restaurants, pubs, warehouses to establish a local Triple A Studio for kids to operate the growing family of the on-line community crime prevention website www.crimesharetv.com.
In return CrimeshareTV will work to reduce the cost of crime to the community through council taxes. The same buildings will be used by local kids to make records, film's TV etc and with help organise a range of activities involving vocational training and education as a step towards achieving a Triple A CV to use to gain meaningful employment in any area they choose.
These fully equipped Studios are open when the kids need them, not when the adults can be bothered. The kids themselves decide what they want to do. Projects as diverse as TV pilots, website design, journalism and modelling have all been undertaken. Up and coming initiatives include inter – studio Olympics and battle of the bands.
And it’s working. From an original one off programme in a Prison (‘Act Now’, see video below) up to the formation and success of the first Triple A Studio, we are seeing results. One ex con has now gone into full time journalism. Another has had considerable success as a singer/songwriter. Strong links have been formed with local communities and the kids have taken on the concept as their own.
In one area, the kids got themselves together to form the KidsKort. If any kid is found causing disruption, violence or damage in a Triple A studio, then the kids themselves decide what needs to be done. This has been so successful that KidsKorts will now be set up in every studio.
No, before you ask, it hasn’t been easy. Getting sponsorship and funding is hard enough in itself, but the real battle has been convincing communities to take an active role in their children's’ future. Funnily enough, it has been the kids themselves that have led the way. These former ‘Yobs’ have relished the opportunities that they have been given. They are now taking that knowledge and expanding it. Far from being the thugs they have been made out to be, they are proving on a day to day basis that given the resources and support – they WILL turn their lives around.
A little responsibility goes a long way towards achieving a Crimeshare Culture
Potential Participating Partners
This is only the start of a nationwide initiative. We want Triple A Studios in every community. To do that we need your help. From sponsorship to volunteers, if you can contribute get in touch. Take a leaf out of the kids’ book…..help them to make a difference.
The ACT NOW Project was developed to use performing arts to promote awareness of HIV, drug abuse, bullying etc among Europe's thousands of prison inmates. Watch the documentary, made in cooperation with our European partners on our filmmakers page.
See the video NOW - click the cameraman
Crimeshare Culture Councils respect the talent of youth.
But careless councils forget children are the future and fail to reach out to the community to care for our kids.
The following councils do not support Crimeshare Culture in the community.
HOW MUCH YOUTH CRIME IS THERE?
Offending by young people is pretty common. A recent survey found that nearly half of 11 to 16 year old school children in the UK admit to having broken the law. An estimated seven million offences are committed by under 18’s each year. However, 85% of young offenders cautioned don’t come to the attention of the police again within two years.
WHAT KINDS OF CRIME ARE COMMITTED?
Most media attention focuses on anti-social behaviour, street crime or violence. Offences committed by young people are usually property crimes with theft, handling stolen goods, burglary, fraud or forgery and criminal damage making up more than two thirds of all youth crime. Despite media attention on violent offending, few cautions or convictions relate to violence.
IS IT GETTING WORSE?
Although some people disagree about the statistics, youth crime appears to have been falling for some years. Between 1992 and 2001, 10-17 year olds convicted or cautioned fell by 21%. Even though youth crime has fallen, prison sentences for minors have increased.
Police are considering asking ministers for more powers to impose "instant justice" for anti-social activities.
The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) may push for more powers to penalise people without a court appearance.
It has heard plans from one police chief for powers to ban teenagers from city centres and gangs from meeting up.
Civil rights group Liberty said plans were "a recipe for arbitrary justice, perceived injustice, real injustice".
"When you do decide that someone's been so criminal and behaved so badly and harmed other people that you need to punish them, that really is something that in a democracy belongs with the courts," director Shami Chakrabati told BBC News.
It was impossible to believe it was happening at 3 pm on a Wednesday afternoon. We’re driving along in our little old Fiesta – she’s coming up for her 25th birthday. We really love her. Her name’s Flo. Flo is hardly a motor to be jealous of or attract attention. We’re overtaken by a DARK BLUE PICK UP TRUCK M97 EWV
I don’t know what word to use, “human being” is too generous. I’ll call him “B” for “being”. He doesn’t deserve to be called human, he shouldn’t be allowed to co-habit on this earth with the rest of us. B is leaning out of the truck’s passenger window and as it overtakes us, there’s an almighty crack as B hacks Flo with a metal bar, probably a tyre lever. Then B takes another swipe at the aerial but that just twangs. It takes us some seconds before we realise what’s going on – initially we thought that someone had thrown a brick at Flo and we slow down, stopping quite a distance behind the truck which has now stopped because the level crossing is down at East Farleigh bridge. B then gets out and walks round the back of the truck to the driver’s side of Flo. As this is happening, we try and back up – but Flo is old and doesn’t just slip into reverse. B leans against the wall of the bridge and kicks in Flo. The driver’s door crumples to nothing, the window breaks and B breaks off the aerial.
This is all totally unprovoked, not a word has passed between us. It wasn’t road rage either, there was no road incident. B [and presumably his two companions] aren’t on this planet and don’t deserve to be on it either. We learnt that the truck then hit two cars on Hackney Road in Maidstone.
The registered keeper of the truck has told the Police that he sold it and doesn’t have any details or paperwork confirming the sale. My comment to the Police that the seller is required by law to notify DVLC of the new owner was just ignored and the Police have now filed the papers. Oh what a wonderful world we live in. Because Flo was so old, we had TPFT cover only. We can’t find a door for a 1981 Mark 1 Fiesta so Flo, with her new tyres and exhaust, is a write off.
I’m wondering if the truck is kept somewhere in southwest Maidstone in the Fant area.
Carol of Kent
"If Carol from Kent is the typical woman driver perhaps the reason the other driver lost his temper is because she had cut him up or something and as he couldn’t hit her he hit her car"!
Ed from Hackney
In January 2004, then Home Secretary David Blunkett's Anti-Social Behaviour Act came into force introducing a whole lot of new laws affecting young people. Here is a short summary of the laws that will affect you.
Carrying air guns in public "without lawful authority or excuse" has been criminalized so it is now an arrestable offence;
From the introduction by Dolan
To get a copy of this report by Craig
O'Malley and Stuart Waiton and research many other issues visit the
Institute of Ideas website.
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