Knit wits – Woolly pompoms hung on trees in a Leicester park are more likely to frighten people than deter crime
‘Making an area look cosier certainly makes an area feel safe,’ a criminologist asserts. But is that so?Â
ByÂ Telegraph View
Police have encouraged the people of Leicester to hang woolly pompoms on trees in a park reputed as a crime spot. This, the thinking goes, will reduce fear of crime. â€œMaking an area look cosier certainly makes an area feel safe,â€ a criminologist commented. But is that so?
Just as a clown in a circus is funny, and a clown under a full moon at midnight in a lonely wood is alarming, so colourful woollen balls hanging from a dark tree in a deserted playground, after the pubs have closed, will suggest horror rather than cosiness.
In any case, fear of crime is not the enemy. Crime is. This is no time to say that there is nothing to fear but fear itself. Law-abiding pedestrians in Leicester, and many another city, correctly fear violence and theft. Knitting needles might serve to defend them, but not the wool.
See: Haven’t they got anything better to do? Community slams police for hanging knitted pom-poms from trees ‘to help reduce the fear of crime’
And: Guerilla knitting in Leicester ‘to reduce crime fear’