Almost 75% of people living in Buxton believe crime in the area has stayed the same or increased this year when in reality it has fallen, a new survey has revealed.
Initial results from the Over to You consultation event held in Buxton last month show only 24% of respondents believed crime had actually decreased this financial year compared to 40.8% thinking it had stayed the same and 35.2% believing it had increased. Latest figures show crime has fallen by more than 3% during the period.
The Over to You consultation programme was launched last month by Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles and Chief Constable Mick Creedon to find out what local people think about policing and the broader crime agenda. The feedback gathered is used as the basis for the Commissioner’s plans to make the county safer and help the Force allocate resources more effectively.
A total of 199 people completed questionnaires at the Buxton event and initial results show 71.3% of respondents agreed that the police and the local council are dealing with anti-social behaviour and the crime issues that matter in their area. When asked what issue was of most concern to them, more than half chose ‘drug taking’ and ‘drug dealing and supply’ which ranked as top priorities for the area, closely followed by ‘burglary’ which was chosen by just over a third of respondents.
Derbyshire’s Deputy PCC Hardyal Dhindsa said: “These results highlight something we have known for some time: that fear of crime is often unrelated to the threat of risk or harm. We will be looking at the feedback we have gathered at Buxton against the results of other areas to understand how we can shape future community safety work to increase confidence.”
Please note that these results are based on a sample of 199 people surveyed on the day and so do not necessarily represent the views of all Buxton residents
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Posted on Monday 31st March 2014