The Importance of Local Knowledge in Crime Control

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This is lesson three.

Local knowledge refers to knowledge of one’s locality such as the people and their habits, criminals, premises, and general information. KNOWLEDGE OF USEFUL PEOPLE

Doctors, nurses, midwives, religious leaders, pawnbrokers, market women, lorry drivers, bus conductors, letter writers, cycle repairers, tailors, watchmakers, goldsmiths, known criminals, conservancy labourers, beggars, night watchmen, prostitutes, Local inhabitants, Prominent politicians, etc.


Workshop, store sheds, brothels, vacant and unoccupied houses, clubs, gambling houses, cinemas, bars, chophouses, warehouses, brothels, vacant and unoccupied houses, clubs, gambling houses, church houses, uncompleted buildings fitting shops, abandoned vehicles etc.


Boundaries of your beat,
Neighboring beat,
Location of telephones,
Position of hydrants,
Names of roads,
Bus routs,
Lorry parks,
Rail services, (time of arrival and departure) bungalows of community leaders,
Important telephone numbers and motorcars index numbers communication centers
Telephone numbers of useful persons and that of telephone boots.