L-R Commissioner Alan Charles with OPCC colleagues Alison Clarke and Andrew Davies
Nearly half the people (43%) who took part in a poll at the recent Bakewell Show put burglary and drug dealing and supply at the top of their list of priorities for tackling crime.
These priorities were closely followed by drug taking – an issue chosen by 40% of respondents as causing the most concern. The 270 questionnaires completed by members of the public at the show on 6-7 August were part of an Over to You consultation conducted by Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles and his team together with Derbyshire Police.
Other results from the survey revealed that over three quarters of people (76.7%) who expressed an opinion agreed that the police and the local council were dealing with the anti-social and crime issues that matter in their area. On this matter, 13.5% neither agreed nor disagreed, and 9.8% disagreed.
Nearly a quarter (24.8%) of those surveyed thought that crime had decreased in the past 12 months, with around 6 out of 10 people (61.2%) thinking it had stayed the same and 14% thinking it had increased. The reality is that on B Division, which covers the rural part of Derbyshire from Ashbourne to Glossop and includes Bakewell, Matlock and Buxton, crime increased slightly by 1.9% in the past financial year (April 2013 – March 2014). However, this financial year (April – July 2014) has already seen a 10.9% decrease.
Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa said the results provided valuable feedback and that the concerns about burglary; drug dealing and supply; and drug taking mirrored those raised in many other Derbyshire communities. “The Commissioner is paying close attention to these offences and issues, regularly reviewing how they are being tackled by the Force and ensuring that his Police and Crime Plan accurately reflects concerns,” he said.
“We have seen for ourselves the distress and problems that these matters cause to residents and businesses, and we are doing all we can to prevent them. This involves ensuring that burglary offences continue to fall and that drug addiction is tackled on several fronts, including limiting its impact on public safety by getting those addicted into effective help at an early stage.
He added that some inclement weather had not hindered what was an enjoyable day and noted that he was very impressed with the display of Derbyshire businesses on show and the fact that there was something for all generations. He concluded: “Children and families really loved the Police Task Force with their riot gear and police equipment, especially the supercharged motor bikes!”
The Over To You project seeks information from Derbyshire people about their feelings regarding crime and personal safety so that the Commissioner can plan for the future and allocate resources when and where they are needed.
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Posted on Wednesday 20th August 2014