We can avoid stoking unwarranted fear of crime if, over time, our news and factual programme outlets provide context to crime reporting - including not just individual events, but also the relevant trends that lie behind them.
Avoiding unnecessary fear of crime may require us to be aware of the overall proportion of time spent on covering crime and sensitive to the cumulative effects.
We should think carefully about the accuracy and suitability of language when reporting crimes. The factual description of crime is often sufficient to convey the reality, tragedy or horror of events, without the addition of colourful language, clichés and unnecessary adjectives
Providing context to the reporting of crime may require us to be cautious when using experts, make use of the BBC's own specialist advice, and take care in the use of statistics.
When reconstructing crime for factual programmes we should take care only to reconstruct what we actually know, and avoid speculation or unfounded significant detail.