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Cracking Crime Wednesday, 4 September, 2002, 13:32 GMT 14:32 UK
What's on TV
Click on the links below to find out about the programmes shown as part of Cracking Crime.

Out of Control

BBC1's Out of control on 15 September at 9:25pm
The drama looks at life in a young offender's institution
BBC One's first improvised drama stars four newcomers opposite David Morrissey and Tamzin Outhwaite.

Out of Control follows the fate of four teenagers sent to a young offenders institution and how the experience affects them.

Inside Out East

Inside Out speaks to women in prison
Inside Out speaks to women in prison
Inside Out East will be taking a hard-hitting look at the harsh reality of prison life for women.

Women are increasingly turning to crime, and the country's female prison population has more than doubled since 1993.

Many prisons are now reaching bursting point.

Inside Out's Sally Chidzoy was given unprecedented access to Highpoint Prison in Cambridgeshire.

The Inside Out team visit the prison to speak to the inmates about their experiences.

There will also be a web chat on the issues the programme raises on the Inside Out website at 8:00 pm.


Cracking Crime day kicks off with a special Breakfast programme co-presented from Manchester by Sophie Raworth at one of the most sophisticated CCTV surveillance centres in Britain.

The programme finds out how the centre works and some examples of the things they've filmed. Our guide is centre manager Bob Cooper.

Peter Snow joins Sophie to present us with his True Picture of Crime Survey.

Stuart Pizzey, Crime Reduction Officer, tells us about how to protect ourselves from burglars.

We have a special report from Bristol on how prioritising certain high crime areas sometimes pushes crime to neighboring areas.

We also look at the controversial issue of sentencing - we have a real life cases that you can vote on.

Then we discuss the issues with former conservative minister Ann Widdecombe and Mark Leech, founder of UNLOCK and editor of the Prisons Handbook.

We also talk to Greater Manchester Asistant Chief Constable Alan Green.


Kilroy - 18 September at 9:15 pm
Kilroy speaks to young offenders

Robert Kilroy-Silk talks to young offenders to find out why they get involved in crime.

He questions parental responsibility and asks the live studio audience if custodial sentences provide the appropriate punishment.


Watch Newsround for tips on how to avoid being a victim of crime.

Don't Have Nightmares

Nick Ross and Fiona Bruce present the evening's first live programme at the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham, with Peter Snow in Manchester.

The show aims to give a true picture of crime across the UK and dispels the myths about who really is most at risk.

It examines the different types of crime affecting different regions, as well as highlighting current crime trends through the experiences of law enforcers, victims and criminals.

It also showcases several top "crime-crackers" - successful crime-prevention initiatives from towns and cities across Britain.

To Catch a Thief

Who better qualified to give advice on home security than criminals themselves - or at least reformed criminals.

Richard Taylor, now a church minister, and Michael Frasier, a successful businessman, show how easy it is for burglars to break into our homes.

In a family home specially rigged with CCTV, the duo illustrate how a thief would target weak spots in security.

They then set about improving the home's defences with the help of the police.

Together, they give practical tips on how to stop burglars.

You the Judge

What sentences do you think criminals ought to receive?

Fiona Bruce and Nick Ross introduce an interactive debate of moral dilemmas based on real life criminal incidents - and you have the final say.

As the UK's jails strain to cope with growing numbers of inmates, you are invited to step into the judge's shoes and pass a sentence to fit the crime.

With dramatic reconstructions and contributions from the victims and perpetrators of crime, you can cast your vote for the sentence you feel the crime deserves.

Fiona Bruce will then reveal the sentence that was actually given.

You can vote by phone, on this website, or on digital satellite via your television's red button.

The Philadelphia Experiment

BBC1's The Philadelphia Experiment on 18 September at 9:30pm
The US system had an astounding effect on crime levels there
Police officers from Thames Valley visit Philadelphia to see a pioneering method of crime fighting that is sweeping across the US.

The system, called 'Compstat', relies on timely intelligence, rapid deployment, effective tactics, and relentless follow-up.

It was first introduced in New York, later in Philadelphia, and brought about quick results.

The UK police officers witness 'Compstat' in action, and decide whether the system is fit for use in Oxford.

In the Hot Seat

After the Ten O'clock news, Cracking Crime continues with discussions across the UK on all the issues raised throughout the day.

Studio audiences in the four nations put their concerns to those who have the power to help reduce the UK's crime rates.

Viewers at home can take part by sending questions via e-mail or SMS message.

In England, Nick Ross puts questions from a studio audience and from viewers watching from home to the Home Secretary, David Blunkett. The programme comes live from the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham.

In Northern Ireland, Noel Thompson will be putting a senior police chief before victims of everyday crimes such as theft or burglary to ask what can be done to combat the problem.

In Scotland, politicians say the streets are safer. Gordon Brewer asks if Scottish viewers agree.

And in Wales, Louise Elliott hosts a live debate from the Gwent Police headquarters in Caerphilly. People with first hand experience of theft, violence and drug related crime debate the issues with politicians, the police and senior lawyers.

Anatomy of a Crime

BBC1's 'Anatomy of a crime' on 19 September at 9:00pm
The defence counsel for the case is Samuel Parrish
Minutes after a post office in South Yorkshire was held up by armed robbers, BBC cameras began to record the remarkable process of criminal investigation and prosecution.

Before their arrest, the same robbers turned up in Milton Keynes to carry out another much more brutal attack.

The programme goes on to show one of the robbers in prison as he undergoes psychological assessment before beginning a life sentence.

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