Accessible and compelling, this book explores the legislative developments, policy changes and practical strategies that have been put in place in recent years in an attempt to manage the level of crime in our society. The book assesses how governments’ approaches to serious crime, the war on terror, human rights and race and immigration policies have influenced ideas about community safety and crime prevention. It offers a handy glossary, along with suggestions for further reading, in order to enhance understanding of critical issues.
Chatper 7: War and Securitisation
The Home Office in London in 2009 has wrapped itself within an unprecedented level of security which is even designed into its built environment. This heightened level of ‘security’, which could be said to border on paranoia, is encountered from the moment a visitor steps through the main door into the initial entrance lobby of the Home Office building. Authorised visitors and staff are required to go through airport-style security barriers and baggage x-rays and can only be finally admitted to the building through a number of glass ‘pods’ in which the entrance door must be securely closed and locked before the exit door will open. Once through the security barriers a light and airy atria opens up with stairs ...