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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection): 1st December 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 2.

Recommendation

1.             T H A T Committee note the update with regard to 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.             To date (quarter one and two) there has been a 12.9% reduction in all crime compared to 2010/11.

4.             The following identifies if 2011/12 year to date targets have been achieved:

                   Most serious violence: Target 49 incidents, Actual 38 incidents – Achieved (23% below target)

Approximately 45% 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.  This will be especially important over the approaching festive period.

                   Serious sexual offences: Target 31 incidents, Actual 36 incidents – Not Achieved (16% over target)

In approximately 83% of the cases the offender was known by the victim and in approximately 20% of cases the offender was a partner.  In approximately 31% of cases the offender was a family member or extended family member.  The domestic abuse co-ordinator is continuing to work with a number of agencies in relation to this objective.

                   Domestic Abuse: Target 17% repeat victims, Actual, 9% repeat victims – Achieved (8% under target)

The number of repeat cases seems to be decreasing at a better than expected rate.  Campaigns over the festive period, which generally sees a spike in domestic incidents, will aim to keep the level of repeats low whilst also promoting the importance of reporting incidents to the Police and other agencies.

                   Criminal Damage: Target 809 incident, Actual 609 incidents – Achieved (25% under target)

Almost 50% of the offences of criminal damage related to vehicle damage.  Attempted theft can often look like criminal damage if nothing is stolen.  Festive campaigns will address the issue of residents leaving valuables in their vehicles.

 

                   Burglary: Target 212 incidents, Actual 133 incidents – Achieved (37% under target)

Priority and Prolific Offenders (PPOs) are being identified upon leave from prison to ensure that the current low level of burglary is not affected.  Additionally festive Safer Vale messages will make residents aware of the need for vigilance over the festive period, especially in relation to presents being on display.

                   Robbery: Target 14 incidents, Actual 13 incidents – Achieved (7% below target)

The majority of incidents of robbery were personal robbery.  The overall level of robbery in the Vale of Glamorgan is very low.  Incidents will be monitored and appropriate action taken should the number of incidents increase above the running target.

 

                   Antisocial Behaviour: Ongoing

The antisocial behaviour team have engaged with residents in hotspot areas of antisocial behaviour to increase reassurance and promote reporting.

 

The antisocial behaviour team now includes an active mediation presence at the Fire Station.  This will be an invaluable resource especially with the increase in neighbour disputes that was identified in the strategic assessment.

 

                   Metal thefts

Operation regulate has been undertaken in the Vale to tackle metal thefts.  Scrap metal dealers have been visited to ensure compliance with regulations.  Schools have been given appropriate crime prevention advice and residents have been urged to use the bulky collections service to reduce the number of scrap metal thefts from back gardens.

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

IOM is currently being implemented in the Vale of Glamorgan.  Members of the Safer Vale team will be attending an IOM conference to seek best practice.

 

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.        Councillor 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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