Almost half the Derbyshire residents surveyed at a recent event in Derby City believe ‘burglary’ is the biggest risk to public safety, new survey results show.
Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles took his Over to You survey to the annual Derby 10K run held in Pride Park on April 6 to gauge public feeling on a range of policing issues. A total of 121 questionnaires were completed by participants and spectators from the Derby area and a snapshot of the results shows domestic burglary is still very much top of the agenda for local residents with 46% stating it as a priority, followed by ‘drug taking’ and ‘child abuse and child exploitation’, both chosen by around 36% of respondents.
The initial feedback from the survey shows a positive picture in relation to public satisfaction with 67.5% agreeing that the Police and local council are dealing anti-social behaviour and the crime issues that matter in their area. The majority of residents (62.5%) thought crime had stayed at the same level in the past 12 months when in fact it has increased in Derby City by 5% and by 2.1% in the combined Derby City/South Derbyshire/Erewash area which is known as D Division.
Commissioner Charles said: “These initial findings are extremely useful and help us to measure not only public satisfaction but also people’s perception of crime and whether or not this tallies with reality. Any increase in crime can damage public confidence and feelings of safety and it’s important we respond to residents’ concerns and priorities so that we can reduce fear of crime.”
The Over to You events replaces the Have Your Say consultation as the county’s largest annual feedback scheme. Local people are invited at the events to take part in a survey about policing and issues that affect their lives. They are also offered crime prevention advice to help them protect themselves and their property from crime. Overall results from the surveys will be published in December.
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Posted on Sunday 4th May 2014