Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Watch: Participatory Mapping and Socio Demographic Uptake

John Topping

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    Abstract

    Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Watch (NINW) was formally introduced to Northern Ireland in 2004 by the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Policing Board and Northern Ireland Office. However, there has been little research to data as to participation in, or success of, the schemes. This research report provides one of the few empirical examinations of NINW. Using GIS mapping and socio-demographic data from the Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Information Service (NINIS), the research explores participation in NINW schemes set against religion, deprivation and crime levels at the Census Output Area (COA) level across Northern Ireland. While the research largely confirms the limited impact of neighbourhood schemes as noted in international literature, at a local level in Northern Ireland the findings evidence a distinct pattern of uptake, with the vast majority of participants in the schemes residing in affluent, low-crime, mainly Protestant areas of the country.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherUnknown Publisher
    Number of pages14
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2012

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    Keywords

    • Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Watch
    • Neighbourhood Watch
    • Police Service of Northern Ireland
    • PSNI
    • Northern Ireland Policing Board
    • NIPB
    • crime
    • policing

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