Agenda Item No 5


The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection): 22 May 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 3 2012/13.


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.


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 3, 2012/13

The following identifies the situation with regard to the 2012/13 targets and achievements in respect of the same up to quarter 3


Serious sexual offences: Target 47, Actual 62

There was a high peak in reporting during October with 17 occurrences compared to November and December with 8 and 2 reported incidents respectively.   This is possibly due to the high profile enquiry that was launched involving a famous TV presenter in Qtr 3 which potentially has contributed to an increase of reported historical cases.


The Home Office teenage rape campaign and Welsh Government’s domestic violence campaign have been promoted throughout the Safer Vale during Q3. 


Domestic Abuse repeat victims: Target 7.2%, Actual 3.2%  

The Safer Vale DAC (Domestic Abuse Co-ordinator) has re-launched the domestic abuse management group and domestic abuse forum in November 2012.   A work programme has been implemented to identify the current status of gaps in services.   This will inform work plans for 10,000 safer lives A Welsh Government Domestic Abuse programme.


The DAC and the Occupational Health department of the local authority have drafted a work place policy for the Council.  It is hoped that this will increase awareness of domestic abuse and the support services available for all staff within the Council.


Criminal Damage: Target 948, Actual 887

Criminal damage is currently staying below target within the Vale and being closely linked with ASB. The engagement in local parks with the Vale Youth Street Team is having a positive effect on the local young people; engaging with them and working on changing behaviours and focusing energy towards more positive activities.  


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. Working as part of the ASB team is the Victims Champion (VC), who has made contact with repeat victims of ASB through a referral system within the ASB unit.  The type of support offered by the VC includes emotional support; information, practical support; specialist services and advocacy. The support areas that are offered can be delivered in a variety of ways, and in any combination.  Since joining the unit the VC has taken on 10 volunteers who offer valued support to victims and the VC.


·         Stage one (first time letter sent) are under target.

·         Stage two (visits undertaken) are under target.

·         Stage three (anti social behaviour contracts - ABC's) issued are under the target.

·         Stage Four (number of ASBOs issued) is over target with 1 being issued in Q3. Legislation is now being used to combat a trend in high level ASB that traditional would not have been used by the ASB unit such as recently working with our Trading Standards colleagues to combat the problem of fly grazing horses in rural Vale.

·         Within the table below is a breakdown of numbers between the ASB stages by young people and over 18's - Qtr 3 cumulative totals.


Under 18's

Over 18's


Stage 1 (first time letters issued)




Stage 2 (visits undertaken)




Stage 3 (ABC's issued)




Stage 4 (ASBO)






Engagement: Number of Safer Vale messages sent out to the community: Target 30, Actual 83

With the use of social media such as twitter promoting key messages such as rogue traders, rises in house burglaries in key locations and metal theft the number of messages that have been sent out has increased dramatically. This leads to a suggestion that the target for this action should be increased for next year.


Number of Safer Vale press releases: Target 75, Actual 88

The number of Safer Vale press releases have gradually increased and stayed above target in Q3. The Christmas campaign 2012 was broadcast on local radio where messages on personal safety while shopping, keeping presents out of view in the car and at home were discussed, internet, posters and community events were also advertised.


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

South Wales Police and Probation have implemented an IOM Tool kit which has been signed off by the Chief Executive of Wales Probation Trust. The National Inspectorate has been reviewing all IOM schemes in Wales and has interviewed members over Q3 to review the effectiveness of the scheme and their resources. The Vale of Glamorgan IOM management group will be reviewing the results over Qtr 4 and will implement changes as per the recommendations. Feed back from any changes and the progress made will be in the Safer Vale end of year report.


Substance Misuse: (Ongoing)

During quarter 3 the APB Substance Misuse Support Team carried out tendering interviews for a new tier 2 Children and Young Persons Service, the successful candidates, Barnardos and Inroads, were informed and will commence a three month start up during quarter 4 with a full go live date of April 1st.

Service reviews were carried out with all SMAF commissioned services across Cardiff and the Vale during quarter 3. The results of these reviews were collated to inform a five year commissioning strategy which will be out for consultation during quarter 4.

The service review highlighted a number of gaps which will be addressed by the new 5 year commissioning strategy.


·         There is a lack of sufficient aftercare services available which enable service users to be discharged post-treatment. Whilst some providers have looked to address this gap at some level, it was recognised that a new post treatment support service is needed in order to maintain positive gains made in treatment and create improved momentum through services.

·         There is the need to increase engagement and preparatory services for those reticent to change, including the need for increased outreach provision across Cardiff and the Vale. Increased outreach can successfully engage those who may find approaching a service for support difficult.

·         Service users identified a lack of flexibility with some service models, relating to access and waiting times.

·         Improvement is needed in service capacity to respond to the needs of vulnerable and marginalised groups

·         Access to services needs to be improved to reflect the geography and demographics of both locality areas, including the provision of out of hours support.

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.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

5.             There are no direct 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 Safer Vale 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


Contact Officer

Deborah Gibbs, Community Safety Manager

Officers Consulted

Mike Bumford (Finance)

Mike Walsh (Legal)

Responsible Officer:

D R Thomas - Director of Development Services