Underage drinking and drug taking, closely followed by burglary, were picked as top priorities for policing in a public survey that took place in Ilkeston Market Place, it was revealed today.
The ‘Over to You’ consultation event was led by Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles and Derbyshire Constabulary on 19 June. From those interviewed 4 out of 10 members of the public (42%) pointed to underage drinking as one of their top priorities for policing in the area. Drug taking was chosen by 40%, and burglary by just over a third, at 34%.
In the 116 completed questionnaires completed on the day, over half (56.6%) who expressed an opinion agreed that the police and local council were dealing with the anti-social behaviour and crime issues that matter in their area. Nearly one-fifth of the respondents neither agreed nor disagreed, and nearly one quarter (24%) disagreed.
Over a quarter (26.9%) of those who expressed an opinion thought that crime had decreased in the past 12 months, with nearly half (48.4%) thinking it had stayed the same and nearly a quarter (24.7%) thinking it had increased.
In fact, there was only a marginal (0.5%) increase in crimes in the Ilkeston section in the last financial year, amounting to 15 more crimes than in the previous year.
Commissioner Charles commented: “Like so many of those who answered our survey, I want to see alcohol and drug problems tackled before they lead to crime and anti-social behaviour. Our partners are working closely on this with the force on preventative and rehabilitation schemes.
“Similarly, I share the public’s concerns about burglary, and reducing this mean and heartless crime continues to be a high priority for me and the force. Burglary can bring great distress, and we are working hard to prevent it happening in the first place.”
Thanking those who took part in the questionnaires, he went on: “The opinions of those who live and work in Ilkeston – as in the rest of the county – help us to assess how we are doing and how we can improve.”
Results from all the Over to You events across the city and county will be published in December. The consultations, which include crime prevention advice, are designed to find out how the public feel about policing and public safety issues.
Posted on Wednesday 2nd July 2014