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Single/Double Summer Time

Volume 688: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether there is police evidence showing a reduction in street crime at dusk involving elderly and vulnerable pedestrians during the winter months if the current use of Greenwich mean time and British Summer Time was replaced by lighter afternoons and evenings with single/double summer time. [HL975]

We are not aware of any research which provides such evidence or any evaluations of interventions that have included reverting to single double summer time.

The available research indicates that the majority of robbery victims are young people and there are peak robbery times during the day. We are actively encouraging the police and crime and disorder reduction partnerships to adopt a problem solving approach, to identify potential victims and problem times, to determine the appropriate tactics to deploy in preventing robberies and deterring offenders.