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In confidence with Inspector Dave Browning: Our end of year survey results

A 2013 initiative: Officers from the Upper Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team are establishing a new crime-fighting network called Rural Watch

A 2013 initiative: Officers from the Upper Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team are establishing a new crime-fighting network called Rural Watch

As 2014 begins, let me start this article by wishing everyone in this area a very happy, healthy new year. Next, some good news.

As 2013 ended I was looking through some survey results that specifically relate to the police/council partnership in the Upper Valley NPT area.

The data comes from the Police and Crime Commissioner survey and compares November 2011 with November 2013.

Here are the headlines.

Overall, people are more satisfied now with the Upper Valley as a place to live.

Fewer people think there is a problem with people using or dealing drugs. Fewer people think there is much of a problem with violent crime. Fewer people think there is much of a problem with hate crime.

Fewer people think there is much of a problem with property crime (this includes burglary and vehicle crime). Fewer people think that the level of crime in the area has increased. Fewer people think there is much of a problem with drunk and rowdy behaviour.

Fewer people think there is much of a problem with vandalism, graffiti and other deliberate damage to property or vehicles. Fewer people think there is much of a problem with youth nuisance. Fewer people think there is much of a problem with abandoned/burnt out cars. Fewer people think levels of anti-social behaviour (ASB) have increased.

More people think that the police in their local area would treat them with respect. More people think that the police can be relied on to be there when needed.

Just for balance, here are the areas where we have roughly stayed the same or dropped a little in the last two years: The local area is a place where people from different backgrounds and communities live harmoniously together; people who think there is a problem with noisy neighbours; people who think there is a problem with rubbish/litter; people who agree that the police and local council seek people’s views about the ASB and crime issues that matter in the local area; people who agree that the police and local council are dealing with the ASB and crime issues that matter in the local area; people who know how to contact our NPT; people who think the police would treat them fairly, regardless of who they are.

Of course there are still some challenges that our police/council partnership is working hard on. Despite working hard to let people know that we are out and about in their area, the figures don’t yet show that people know we have been on visible patrols, dealing with motorists, so that is for us to concentrate on in the coming months.

Finally, be reassured that overall recorded crime is down again in the Upper Valley in the last 12 months, which is great news.

 

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