Like to know how zero waste creates safer communities? Did you know that it’s proven that areas with trees have lower crime rates? It doesn’t take a genius, to figure out why. Communities that look after their local nature area and don’t focus on consumerism and litter, tend to have happier and more relaxed people. And although there is no excuse for a stressed person to commit a crime, it’s obviously that teens who are given nice natural areas to walk and relax (rather than just being obsessed with building skateboarding parks) makes for a happier town.
Towns that are not obsessed with consumerism, are also less likely to be focused on buying the biggest TV, car or boat. And a less consumerist society, means less crime and looting. Why do the looters in riots always go for the TVs and designer trainers? Why not some nice organic broccoli? The latter is more important. It’s the society we have created. Simplifying things always helps.
- We Keep Us Safe is a book on how to address crime in society, without kneejerk reactions. Our current justice system does not bridge divides, which is the solution. Real safety comes from stable healthcare, housing clean air and water. If you hold people accountable in community, everyone can fully engage in society.
- The Little Book of Restorative Justice is by Howard Zehr, the ‘father of Restorative Justice’. Based on Native American circle traditions, this is not ‘soft-on-crime’, but victims meet with criminals (not always the same crimes) to talk through the effects. Many people then don’t commit further crimes (and the re-offending rate for juveniles is almost zero). The Big Book of Restorative Justice includes this and three other books, to cover community, schools, workplace and social services. Restorative Justice Pocketbook is a visual introduction for younger readers.
- Get Safe Online has tips to help prevent cyber crime.
- Keep a non-emergency number of your police station to hand (some are not always open) if it’s not an emergency. You can report crimes (anonymously if wished) to Crimestopper. You can find help at Victim Support (also see how to help stop domestic abuse)
- Jens Söring is a German national who recently returned home, after spending 30 years in prison for a double murder. Different people say he’s innocent or not. But what he did during time inside was write Catholic Press Association award-winning books on prison reform: The Church of the Second Chance and One Day in the Life of 179212.
- Animals & Society Institute runs AniCare, which trains probation officers to stop animal abuse. It has manuals for both adults and children (include those who have witnessed animal abuse). Studies show that nearly all serial killers have a history of animal abuse