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ACPO Alley-gating Guide 2005/06

Armitage, Rachel (2006) ACPO Alley-gating Guide 2005/06. Project Report. Association of Chief Police Officers, Huddersfield, UK. (Submitted)

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    A Word about Gates
    Alleys (snickets, ginnels, backways) are particularly common in British industrial
    cities and were originally designed to allow access to the rear of properties by
    coalmen and refuse collectors. Although many alleys are no longer used for their
    original purpose, they are still useful to allow residents to access the rear of their
    properties without walking through their house. This can be particularly helpful when
    gardening or carrying out DIY.
    Alley-gating involves the installation of lockable gates across these alleys,
    preventing access to the alley for those without a key. Although predominantly a
    crime reduction measure, alley-gating has the potential to do more than reduce
    crime; it can increase community confidence, improve the aesthetic appearance of an
    area, re-invigorate schemes such as Residents’ Associations and Neighbourhood
    Watch and reduce levels of worry and fear about crime and anti-social behaviour.
    Although it has the potential to achieve more than crime reduction, it should be
    stressed that alley-gating is a crime reduction measure, which is targeted at alleys
    which are experiencing high levels of crime and anti-social behaviour, or are being
    used to facilitate crime and disorder. It is not designed to limit freedom or constrain
    legitimate access.
    Although alley-gating does involve the installation of lockable gates, it is important
    that readers do not confuse alley-gating with gated communities. Alley-gating
    simply closes off the rear or side of properties for those without legitimate access. It
    does not create a closed community and people can still access the rest of the
    neighbourhood without using the alley. Alley-gates are rarely installed in alleys
    which are currently used as through routes, and where this is the case, detailed
    consideration is given towards the impact on existing users. Although gated
    communities involve the use of similar security measures, they are very different.
    Gated communities involve closing whole neighbourhoods to non-residents
    immediately creating a ‘them’ and ‘us’. In gated communities non-residents are
    excluded from large spaces which had previously been public open spaces simply
    because they do not live within the community.

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