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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection): 13 February 2013

 

Report of the Director of Development Services

 

Community Safety Performance Monitoring

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To appraise Members of the progress towards strategic community safety cumulative targets - Quarter 2, 2012/13.

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 2012/13 have been endorsed by the Safer Vale strategic group and are monitored regularly to ensure that objectives are met.

Relevant Issues and Options

3.             Figures are for quarter 2, 2012/13

The following identifies those 2012/13 targets that have been achieved (up to quarter 2)

 

Serious sexual offences: Target 36, Actual 35 (Achieved 3% under target)

 

With the large amount of historical reports in quarter one it is positive that in quarter two, the figures have come in under target. Victims have been given confidence to report incidents and are able to receive the support needed from the voluntary sector.

 

Domestic Abuse repeat victims: Target 9%, Actual 3.1% (Achieved 66% under Target. Actual Number of victims 60)

 

This quarter has seen a drop in repeat victims which is believed to be due to the intervention work with individuals and families from the partnership agencies Pen-yr-enfys, Atal-y-Fro based at Cadoxton House. Even with factors such as the poor weather during the school holidays and the number of sports events with the Olympics and the European football championships the figure is relatively low which is very positive.  

 

Criminal Damage: Target 660, Actual 606 (Achieved 8.2% under target)

 

Criminal Damage is closely linked to anti-social behaviour (ASB).  The reduction in the levels of ASB in the Vale are reflected in the reduction of reported criminal damage incidents. Engagement in local parks with the V-pod also thought to be having a positive effect on the local young people. A major impact on criminal damage in quarter 2 has been down to the poor weather. 

Antisocial Behaviour: (On target)

 

The antisocial behaviour data base, ASBIT was in place for one year from the start of quarter one and is a valued tool for the ASB unit.

  • Stage one (first time letter sent) are 52% under the target of 800.
  • Stage two (visits undertaken) is 41% under the target of 180.
  • Stage three (anti social behaviour contracts - ABC's) issued are 35% under the target of 20.
  • Stage Four (number of ASBOs issued) is on target with only 1 being issued in quarter 1 and none in quarter 2. This is compared to the target of 1.

Within the table below is a breakdown of numbers between the ASB stages by young people and over 18's - Qtr 2 cumulative totals.

Stage

Under 18's

Over 18's

Total

Stage 1 (first time letters issued)

133

250

383

Stage 2 (visits undertaken)

42

65

107

Stage 3 (ABC's issued)

6

7

13

Stage 4 (ASBO)

1

0

1

 

 

Engagement: Number of Safer Vale messages sent out to the community: Target 20, Actual 50 (Achieved 75% over target)

The Safer Vale Partnership has been promoting community safety messages using Community Messaging facilities which include the use of Twitter, email and leaflet drops. Messages that have been sent have related to;

  • Home safety
  • Online security
  • Community Events
  • Partnership Events

Number of Safer Vale press releases: Target 50, Actual 56 (Achieved12% over target)

 

An accumulative number of 50 press releases were published within the local newspapers within quarter 2.  These included the successes of CCTV including arrests, PACT meetings and the release of Home Office crime figures highlighting them being low for the Vale of Glamorgan.

 

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

 

The IOM Unit relocated to Barry police station in July 2012. With this in place quality analysis can be obtained that will have a positive impact on repeat crime.

 

The IOM Strategic Group has been set up for the Vale and is responsible for the development and implementation of the Ministry of justice’s IOM scheme in the Vale of Glamorgan, working within the parameters identified by IOM Cymru.

 

The objectives of the Strategic group are;

  • Provide strategic oversight of the IOM
  • Ensure priorities are agreed through multi-agency decision making
  • Identification of the IOM cohort
  • Operation links between Integrated Offender Intervention Service (IOIS) and IOM schemes and other local public and third sector support services
  • Provide a performance management framework
  • Revise local policies and information sharing protocols
  • Complete performance reports
  • Identify opportunities for local PR and marketing

Substance Misuse: (Ongoing)

 

Strategic responsibility for Substance Misuse now comes under the Area Planning Board (APB) for Cardiff and the Vale. The Head of Substance Misuse Strategy and Development has, during this quarter, commenced work on a Service Review. This review is to take into account how all services across Cardiff and the Vale operate and will identify gaps in provision and will inform a wider Commissioning Strategy which will be released in draft format early 2013.

 

A performance management group has met, consisting of representatives and partners from across Cardiff and the Vale. Work is underway on developing and finalising a Performance Management Framework in relation to Substance Misuse with a number of headline indicators under six strategic themes. The Performance Management Framework’s Strategic Themes are:

  • Education and Prevention.
  • Treatment and Support for Adults.
  • Treatment and Support for Children and Young People.
  • Crime and Criminal Justice.
  • Communities, Population Trends and Service Users.

This framework is currently under consultation and baseline data is being collated from across the region.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

4.             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. Funding is currently unclear for 2013/14, however the Partnership will agree a way forward for 2013/14.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

5.             There are no implications as a result of this report

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.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

11.        This report is not ward specific

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

12.        Housing and Public Protection

Background Papers

None

 

Contact Officer

Deborah Gibbs, Community Safety Manager

 

Officers Consulted

Mike Bumford (Finance)

Mike Walsh (Legal)

 

Responsible Officer:

D R Thomas - Director of Development Services

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