HC Deb 03 March 1983 vol 38 c183W
31. Mr. Norman Atkinson

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will increase substantially the financial provision in respect of crime prevention publicity, notably in regard to bag-snatching and street crime.

Mr. Mayhew

Expenditure on crime prevention publicity is substantial and has in recent years been an increasing proportion of the Home Office publicity budget. Both we and the police already issue advice in various forms on precautions against street crime, including bag snatching. However, publicity is only one aspect of preventive action. Police forces are increasingly adopting operational measures to prevent this type of crime.