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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection): 14 March 2012

 

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 cumulative targets – Quarter 3.

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.             Cumulative figures up to quarter three indicate that there has been a 9% reduction in all crime compared to 2010/11.

4.             The following identifies if 2011/12 targets have been achieved up to quarter three:

·               Most serious violence: Target 65 incidents, Actual 46 incidents – Achieved (29% below target)

Analysis indicates that 50% of the incidents of most serious violence during this period were alcohol related.  21% of the incidents were related to domestic abuse.  It is clear that these two social issues have a large impact on most serious violence in the Vale of Glamorgan.  Cadoxton House will be instrumental in providing a service for alcohol treatment and domestic abuse in the Vale.

There have been a number of test purchasing and licensing visits over the last few months.  Therefore Partnership working with the licensed premises trade and raising the awareness of safe drinking levels would have impacted on the number of most serious violence incidents and hence led to the reduction seen.

·               Serious sexual offences: Target 45 incidents, Actual 48 incidents – Not Achieved (7% over target)

In 42% of incidents the offender was either a partner, ex partner or family member.  In 30% of the incidents the offender was a friend or an acquaintance of the victim.  Where detected, we have seen a number of incidents where the offender was under the age of 18.  This perhaps suggests a lack of knowledge over sexual boundaries.  This is something that the domestic abuse co-ordinator is tackling through education in schools.

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

Performance in this area of community safety is above and beyond the target set in April 2011.  In 2008/09 the proportion of repeat victims stood at 30%, the figures we are seeing now are a clear indication that the structured support and intervention services in place are working effectively.

·               Criminal Damage: Target 1,164 incident, Actual 964 incidents – Achieved (17% under target)

Approximately 51% of offences of criminal damage related to vehicle damage and 20% related to damage to a dwelling.  Detention rates for criminal damage are commonly low and the offences are naturally linked to antisocial behaviour.

It is hoped that the antisocial behaviour process in place and the ability to produce high quality analysis from the new database will lead to targeted interventions and hence further reductions in incidents of criminal damage.

·               Burglary: Target 276 incidents, Actual 183 incidents – Achieved (34% under target)

The Safer Vale Christmas campaign contained information relating to secure homes over the festive period.  This Vale wide campaign may well have had an impact over the period and helped to reduce the incidence of burglary to the figure shown above.

Approximately 37% of the properties were insecure at the time of the burglary.  The Partnership is continually engaging with members of the public to make them aware of the need for home security.  This engagement will continue and be enhanced in the spring months, a time when the weather is warmer and people tend to become complacent, leaving windows and doors opened or unlocked.

Analysis indicates that approximately 57% of the incidents of burglary occurred in Barry.  Serious acquisitive crime, namely burglary is a priority for the new Integrated Offender Management service which will be implemented some time after April.  This service will work with offenders who are known for such offences.  It is hoped that the work will reduce and in some cases altogether stop offending of such individuals.  This work is key in helping us to reduce the level of burglary in Vale even further.

·               Robbery: Target 19 incidents, Actual 18 incidents –Achieved (5% below target)

The majority of incidents of robbery occurred in Barry.  When property was stolen it was mostly mobile phones and cash.  These are high value items that are commonly carried. 

Despite these incidents, the number of incidents that do occur is very low in the Vale of Glamorgan.  The Partnership will continue to raise the profile of personal safety at engagement events throughout the year.

·               Antisocial Behaviour: Ongoing

The antisocial behaviour database ASBIT will have been in place for one year from 01st April 2012.  This will mean that the Partnership has a baseline of reliable data for antisocial behaviour in the Vale of Glamorgan.  We will now have a greater ability to monitor performance and the effectiveness of interventions.

·               Engagement: Ongoing

The 2011 Safer Vale Christmas campaign was a success, for example burglary decreased by 15% over the festive period.  There were also a large number of test purchasing operations over the Christmas period and licensed premises visits to ensure residents were celebrating the festive period safely.

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

A number of IOM meetings have taken place and the plans for the scheme are progressing well.  It is hoped that the scheme will be up and running sometime after April 2012.  A collaborative meeting with the Cardiff IOM scheme took place in February to determine effective ways of measuring the success of the scheme.  Suggestions for reporting have been presented to the IOM group and all recommendations are being considered. 

·               Substance Misuse - Ongoing

Cadoxton House build is complete.  Services are now using the building but are not yet utilising the building to full capacity pending the resolution of IT issues.  The alcohol treatment agency, Pen Y Enfys, will be moving in to Cadoxton House very shortly.

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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