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Waltham Forest's Enough is Enough uses early intervention tactics to reduce gang culture
A gang programme in the borough is helping to reduce crime rates, according to new data.
The council’s Community Safety Scrutiny Committee heard this week that gun crime, knife crime and other key indicators had dropped in the programme’s first two years.
Enough is Enough, a programme addressing gang culture in the borough, uses early intervention tactics to identify and help youths in potential risk of gang-related harm, be it through family involvement or peer pressure.
Preliminary figures from the second year show gang violence among 10 to 19 year olds had dropped by almost half compared to the previous year.
Incidents of personal robbery were down by around a quarter while gun crimes dropped by around a third and knife crime had dropped around a quarter.
A more detailed review is expected to be released in the future.
Thirteen local agencies have been commissioned to keep at-risk youths busy through activities including sport and art in the hope they will avoid a gang lifestyle.
The three year programme, set up two years ago, aims for less violence in Waltham Forest and more confidence in the community.
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