Over the past seven years we have played a major role in responding to the emerging community safety agenda in Northern Ireland.
We have introduced a range of housing management services to address anti social behaviour and have forged partnerships with a range of agencies to lever in expertise and funding to many of our most disadvantaged areas. But what is community safety? It is a quality of life issue which impacts on all of society, individually and collectively. The Northern Ireland Community Safety Strategy identifies three main strands to community safety: tackling crime, the fear of crime and anti social behaviour.
While our primary focus is on tackling anti social behaviour, we also acknowledge the contribution made by our Design and Building Services and our Private Sector Grants Department in reducing and preventing crime.
If we are to make our communities safer, everyone must play their part, this includes statutory and voluntary agencies as well as local communities and individuals. We all have a valuable contribution to make in creating safer and secure environments in which people can realise their full potential.