Letters

Health services must develop services to reduce crime and violence

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7039.1156c (Published 04 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1156
  1. J D Middleton,
  2. J N Rao,
  3. J A Reid
  1. Director of public health Consultant in public health Public health development manager Sandwell Family Health Services Authority, West Bromwich, West Midlands B70 9LD

    EDITOR,—We welcome recent editorials on the impact of violence on public health.1 2 3 In the annual report of the director of public health for the borough of Sandwell, Safer Sandwell, we have tried to explore the relation between crime and the fear of crime and public health.4

    The roots of crime and public health are frequently the same. Our interpretation of crime statistics by police beat showed highly significant correlations between all crimes and violence and non-ownership of a car and unemployment. …

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