Derbyshire residents have delivered a loud and clear message to their Police and Crime Commissioner on the priorities they consider most important in fighting crime it can be revealed.
The overall results of Derbyshire’s community engagement project Over to You indicates that Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles has got it right when prioritising resources to the areas of crime most feared by the public.
Thousands of people responded to the Over to You survey during the course of eight months. The results show that burglary is the public’s number one priority (specified by 42.4% of respondents) followed by drug use at 41.1%, drug dealing and supply at 35.5%, child abuse and child exploitation at 31.8% and speeding at 25.2%.
The results are similar to previous public engagement consultations and mirror many of the priorities outlined in Commissioner Charles’ Police and Crime Plan.
Commenting on the survey results, the Commissioner said: “The results of this year’s survey are very reassuring and show that we remain very much in touch with the public in terms of addressing the crime areas that cause the most fear among our communities.
“Tackling drugs, safeguarding children and addressing acquisitive crime, including burglary, are included in my current Police and Crime Plan and we are already well on the way to improving outcomes through the introduction of various crime prevention/early intervention schemes.
“The Over to You project is critical to ensuring our safety strategies continue to reflect public need and whenever new concerns emerge, it is my duty to address them. Now that we have the results of this feedback, we can begin to examine where we can enhance our performance and reduce the impact of these crime types further.”
A total of 18 Over to You events were held across Derbyshire between February and September 2014 and included six employer-based events and three weekend public events. Consultation events were staffed by representatives from the OPCC as well as Safer Neighbourhood Team Officers, police staff members and partner agencies.
A total of 3,455 questionnaires were completed, 776 of which were done so online.
The results highlighted that 61% of people strongly agree or agree that the Police and local council are dealing with the anti-social behaviour and crime issues that matter in their area.
Meanwhile, more than half of respondents (53.4%) said they thought that crime and anti-social behaviour levels had stayed the same in their area while the remainder were fairly evenly split between levels increasing and decreasing. In reality, the 12 months up to the end of March 2014 saw crime levels increase slightly by 2.4% or 1,239 crimes to a total of 52,534 crimes.
However, this figure still represents a 50% reduction from the 103,180 crimes recorded in 2002/03. Recorded crime this year to the end of November 2014/15 is showing a small decrease of 0.6%.
When asked what number people would use to contact police in a non-emergency, more than half (53.8%) of respondents said they knew of the existence of the 101 national number for non-emergencies.
The results of the survey will enable the Commissioner to assess public confidence and concerns and will now be fed into the Risk and Threat planning process. The full results will also be shared with senior offices across the three policing divisions as well as with the nine Community Safety Partnerships.
While the sample surveyed did broadly match the demographic profile of Derbyshire, results have been weighted by gender, age group and home local authority in line with the Census 2011 results for Derbyshire.
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Posted on Tuesday 16th December 2014