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Crime prevention campaign targets Southwark students and shoppers

The biggest ever crime prevention operation in Southwark is taking place on Wednesday, involving Southwark Police, Southwark Council and other members of the Safer Southwark Partnership.

Between 12 noon and 6pm leaflets and packs will be distributed in Guy's Hospital foyer, London South Bank University foyer, London Bridge station and the Elephant & Castle shopping area.

Southwark's Stay Safe campaign aims to raise awareness of how you can help yourself. At its core is a simple pack of advice and mobile phone marking kit. Over 20,000 packs are to be distributed to targeted groups, along with detailed personal advice from visiting crime prevention officers.

An additional 10,000 Stay Safe leaflets will be dispensed to the wider community as the campaign proceeds over the next three months.

Based on two years' experience of running the Safer Streets campaign in Southwark, police have identified groups who are more likely than others to become victims of street crime.

For example, over the last year in Southwark, the percentage of students who have become victims of street crime has risen from seven to 21 per cent in one part of the borough; Home Office research also shows one in three students become a victim of crime each year.

Safer Streets experience shows that the Elephant and Castle is a hotspot for street robbery.

The Safer Southwark Partnership is a statutory partnership between the police, council and other local agencies. Its role is to work to reduce crime and disorder in the London Borough of Southwark.

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