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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection): 6 October 2011

 

Report of the Director of Legal, Public Protection and Housing Services

 

Community Safety Performance Monitoring

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To apprise Members of the progress towards strategic community safety targets – Quarter 1.

Recommendation

1.             T H A T Committee note the Q1 progress towards community safety targets.

Reason for the Recommendation

1.             To enable Committee to monitor progress towards the crime and disorder targets.

Background

2.             The community safety targets for 2011/12 have been endorsed by the Safer Vale Strategic Group and are monitored regularly to ensure that objectives are met.

Relevant Issues and Options

3.             There has been a further 14% reduction in all crime compared to Quarter 1 2010/11.

4.             The following identifies if individual 2011/12 targets have been achieved for Quarter 1:

  • Most serious violence: Target 25 incidents, Actual 15 incidents – Achieved (40% below target)

Over 50% of the incidents of most serious violence during this period were alcohol related.  The substance misuse co-ordinator for the Safer Vale Partnership leads on the education aspect of alcohol consumption which is vital in ensuring that people identify with the need for safe levels of alcohol consumption.

  • Serious sexual offences: Target 15 incidents, Actual 21 incidents – Not Achieved (40% over target)

In 90% of the cases the offender was known by the victim.  In 29% of cases the offence was historic.  In 19% of cases the offender was a partner or ex partner.  The Partnership has been working to raise the profile of reporting sexual violence in response to a Welsh Government initiative.  It may well be the case that victims are feeling more confident about reporting historic cases and cases where the offender is the partner due to the Partnership input and the availability of the sexual assault referral centre (SARC) in Cardiff.

  • Domestic Abuse: Target 17% repeat victims, Actual, 14% repeat victims – Achieved (3% under target)

The multiagency work that has been invested into domestic abuse is realty paying off.  The number of repeat victims is reducing year on year.  The opening of Cadoxton House in the near future should also help reduce the number of repeat offences further.

  • Criminal Damage: Target 407 incident, Actual 336 incidents – Achieved (17% under target)

Approximately 40% of the offences of criminal damage related to vehicle damage.  Historic analysis identifies that this can be due to antisocial or alcohol related criminal damage, kicking wing mirrors etc. or attempted theft from motor vehicle.

 

The Partnership does monitor areas to determine if any hotspots exist and this work will continue so that areas are effectively targeted.

  • Burglary: Target 97 incidents, Actual 68 incidents – Achieved (30% under target)

In almost 1/5 of burglaries access was gained through the rear door, 53% of these doors were unsecure.  This perhaps suggests a lack of garden and home security. 

The Partnership will look to address the issue of home and garden security through tools such as community messaging.

  • Robbery: Target 6 incidents, Actual 8 incidents – Not Achieved (33% over target)

All incidents of robbery were personal robbery.  A number of the offenders were younger, which fits the profile identified in the strategic assessment.  The Vale has very low levels of robbery in comparison to similar authorities, however, where possible the Partnership will ensure that messages of personal safety are distributed to specific target age groups.

 

  • Antisocial Behaviour: Ongoing

The new stage two process run by the ASB unit now includes a thought provoking DVD commissioned by the Safer Vale Partnership.

 

To date the stage two process for antisocial behaviour has been a success.  Very few offenders who have attended a stage two and viewed the DVD have reoffended.

The analyst will be attending a training course for the new ASB database reporting tool.  This will enable a greater level of reporting with more detail, which will increase the value of operational planning to reduce incidents of antisocial behaviour.

 

  • Metal thefts

Metal thefts are monitored regularly in the Vale.  Schools have been approached in order to raise awareness of lead theft, especially during the school holidays.  A regular report is also run in order to identify locations when cable has been dumped, which may indicate hotspot metal theft areas. The Safer Vale Partnership have recently commissioned a task and finish group to deal with this increasing problem in our area.

  • Engagement: Ongoing

The Partnership has recently met with Ministry of Defence (MOD) Police to scope the use of community messaging and setting up Neighbourhood Watch schemes.  The meeting was very positive and work with the MOD Police is ongoing.

  • Priority and Prolific Offenders (PPO) / Integrated Offender Management (IOM) – Ongoing

The IOM meetings are progressing well and a number of agencies are on board in order to make this a success.

 

  • Substance Misuse - Ongoing

Cadoxton House is nearing completion.

 

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment and Climate Change, if appropriate)

5.             The Partnership data analyst is employed by the Council but is fully funded by the Partnership to complete and update the statutory strategic assessment and monitor progress towards targets.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

6.             There are no specific legal implications as a result of the strategic assessment and the resultant targets.

Crime and Disorder Implications

7.             The Partnership is committed to reducing crime and disorder and the fear of crime.  Monitoring progress towards targets as set out in the strategic assessment will help the Partnership identify crime and disorder priorities and hotspot areas which will assist in planned interventions.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

8.             Monitoring targets will ensure that appropriate interventions are in place in order to deal with crime and disorder.  Therefore the whole community will benefit (including hard to reach groups) from regular monitoring of targets and reactive interventions as a result of this monitoring.

Corporate/Service Objectives

9.             Regular monitoring of targets will allow the Safer Vale Partnership to work within the overall outcome of Community Safety within the Community Strategy.  ‘Residents and visitors to feel safe and that the Vale is recognised as a low crime area’.

Policy Framework and Budget

10.        This report is for Scrutiny Committee consideration only.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

11.        Cllr Paul Church – Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Chair of the Safer Vale Partnership.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

12.        Housing and Public Protection

Background Papers

None

 

Contact Officer

Deborah Gibbs, Community Safety Manager

 

Officers Consulted

None

 

Responsible Officer:

P H Evans, Director of Legal, Public Protection and Housing Services

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