What were the key turning-points in the history of crime prevention in Britain?

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In this Strand you will find evidence of the changing story of crime prevention in England over 1000 years. This story is split into four Galleries:

In each Gallery you will find several Case-Studies, with sources giving you real evidence of crime prevention systems in different periods.

You will be looking at a millennium of change and continuity: sometimes crime prevention methods changed a great deal, rapidly, sometimes they hardly changed at all for centuries, or only very slowly. Your CHALLENGE is to identify documents which illustrate the key turning-points in this story.

To save you going through all the documents in the strand we have chosen a small collection for you to work with. Your task is to select sources which will illustrate these turning-points to someone who only has fifteen minutes to spare to understand the story.

The turning-points are:

  1. The setting up of JPs in the Middle Ages
  2. The setting up of police forces in the mid-19th century
  3. The modernisation of the police in the 20th century
  4. Evidence of continuity over a long period

For each turning-point, choose no more than 4 documents which illustrate the point you are trying to make. Add a short caption to each document.

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How to work online

The Big Question page has a list of sources that can be found on the Crime and Punishment site. You choose which sources go with which turning-point, and then write a short caption that says how your source explains the point you're making.

Follow the links to a source and decide which turning-point you want to use it in. Use your browser's "Back" button to return to the Big Question page and pick one turning-point number from the right-hand column. Then fill in the text box with a short caption. Don't write more than four or five lines in each caption box (there is a limit to how much text will be saved).

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