Why are we doing this study in Macclesfield? Lots of research on public safety is done in big cities. By contrast, we want to understand how people away from major urban centres experience safety in the places where they live, shop, work and go about their everyday lives. We carried out a similar study in Macclesfield 25 years ago (between 1994-1996). One reason for coming back is to find out how the town, and people's feelings about it, have changed in the last quarter of a century.