Cameras were installed during April of 2003 following a highly publicized series of robberies. The reported number of robberies and carjackings declined in 2004 but went back up to prior levels in 2005. Police investigations were hampered in 2005 due to technical issues with the cameras that resulted in a high percentage of cases (more than 50%) in which no image could be recovered from the camera following an attack. The cameras were prone to undetected breakage of internal wire connectors. Spot checks conducted by the Police Department in late 2005 revealed that many cameras had become non-functional.
The Community Plus programme is exactly the sort of service example the Social Care Institute for Excellence (Scie) is keen to feature in the prevention library , which launched in January. The library, commissioned by the Department of Health, is a resource aimed at commissioners of prevention services in adult social care. It contains links to recent research publications and examples of preventative care and support services. The library provides resources that can help encourage services to develop and it’s building up the evidence base for prevention.